Mi Band 8 to launch
Xiaomi has confirmed that it is set to launch the Mi Band 8 fitness tracker along with its flagship device, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra on April 18. The smartphone will be launched globally on that date along with the fitness tracker. The upcoming smartphone will feature special Leica-branded cameras with Sony sensors. Meanwhile, the Mi Band 8 is expected to have a new design and improved functions compared to its predecessor, the Mi Band 7. The Mi Band is a household name when it comes to fitness trackers. There are many affordable smartwatches and fitness bands that come with similar specs to the Mi Bands, but none match the credibility of Xiaomi’s fitness tracker.
According to promotional images on the Xiaomi China website, the Mi Band 8 will have a pill-shaped dial with an AMOLED display. Instead of wrap-around bands, the strap attaches to the wearable on both sides, allowing for multiple ways to wear it. Xiaomi’s co-founder and CEO, Lei Jun has confirmed on his Weibo account that the Mi Band 8 can also be worn as a necklace. The image he has shared on the social media site, actually shows the device hanging like a pendant on a thread.
Reports suggest that the Mi Band 8 will come with some basic activity tracking features such as all-day heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, and stress monitoring, as well as continuous blood oxygen monitoring and low SpO2 alarms. The standard model is expected to provide GPS connectivity via a connected phone, while a Pro model may include inbuilt GPS.
The Mi Band 7 NFC variant currently sells at 299 Yuan (Rs 3500 roughly) in China, whereas the non-NFC Band 7 has been launched at 249 Yuan (Rs 2900 roughly). Notably, the device was not launched in India.
As far as features are concerned, the Xiaomi Band 7 features a 1.62-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 192 x 490 pixels. The fitness band has a pixel density of 326PPI and 500nits of peak brightness. The display also has an always-on feature.
The band is equipped with the Xiao AI assistant and features 120 sports modes, which also includes four professional modes. The Mi Band also comes with a dozen health features, including all-day blood oxygen monitoring, a heart rate tracker, and sleep tracker with REM, stress monitoring, female health tracking, and PAI and more.