Xiaomi updates Smart Band 8 Pro ahead of expected Band 9 launch

Xiaomi has released a new firmware update, version 1.4.110, for its popular Smart Band 8 Pro fitness tracker. While this update is currently exclusive to Chinese users, it offers valuable insights into the refinements and enhancements that Xiaomi is focusing on. International Smart Band 8 Pro users may have to wait a bit longer for their version. On the topic of waiting, we are also expecting the Smart Band 9 to land in the weeks ahead.

Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro – firmware version 1.4.110 – what’s new?

As noted in our recent Xiaomi Band 8 Pro review. This is a budget-friendly fitness tracker that offers exceptional value with built-in GPS, a large display, and a comfortable design. It excels in core fitness and health tracking functions, making it an attractive option for those on a budget. 

This update doesn’t introduce groundbreaking new features, focusing instead on improving the overall user experience. For example, Xiaomi has made some tweaks to the way user gestures function. There are also refinements that aim to make navigation more intuitive and visually appealing

Beyond that, the company has prioritized stability, ensuring the device operates smoothly and reliably. Users should notice fewer crashes or freezes, making for a more seamless interaction with their fitness tracker.

Bluetooth connectivity, a crucial aspect for syncing data with smartphones, has also been improved. This translates to a more consistent connection and less frustration when transferring data between devices.

In addition to these improvements, the v1.4.110 firmware update addresses a variety of minor bugs that users may have encountered. That’s part of every update.

For users in China, updating to the latest firmware is a straightforward process. Simply open the smartphone app, navigate to the device settings for your Smart Band 8 Pro, and check for available updates. The app will guide you through the download and installation process.

Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro firmware update

Xiaomi Smart Band 9 launch on the horizon

As Xiaomi continues to refine the Smart Band 8 Pro, we are eagerly awaiting the next generation of the device – the Smart Band 9. While Xiaomi remains tight-lipped about specific details and a release date, recent regulatory filings suggest that the launch could be imminent.

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Xiaomi typically introduces new wearables in China first, followed by an international unveiling a month or two later. We might not get a larger display, this time around, considering the screen is already sizeable. But we should get more comprehensive health tracking capabilities, maybe extended battery life, and perhaps a surprise or two. It will also be interesting to see if we only get the vanilla variant, or if Xiaomi supplements this with the release of Smart Band 9 Pro once again.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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