Xiamoi has tried its hand at fitness trackers before. The first was the very cheap Mi Band, this was followed by the Pulse variant which had the added feature of a heart rate monitor.
The Chinese manufacturer is now entering the market again with their new version which is known as the Mi Band 3.
The new model comes with an OLED screen that is approximately half an inch in size and displays the time, number of steps taken and your heart rate.
The presence of a display is surprisingly a big update on previous models which lacked screens. The OLED is protected with scratch-resistant glass.
In line with the previous two models, the Mi Band 2 has an IP67 certification. The first digit represents the level of resistance against solid particles of dust and the second not surprisingly represents the resistance from water.
Put simply, the Band can survive moderate dust and survive in water up to 1 metre in depth for up to 30 minutes.
The Mi Band 2 has a number of other interesting features in addition to the “military grade” sensors and heartbeats, it can also monitor you sleep or if you sit in one position too long.
The device uses low energy Bluetooth 4.0 to pair with your smartphone and is compatible with any smartphone that runs Android 4.4 KitKat or higher in addition to iOS 7.0 and above.
Xiaomi claims that the device, which runs on a 70mAh battery will offer 20 hours of standby time.
The Mi Band 2 is due to be launched on June 7, and to match Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing policy the device will cost just 149 yuan (approximately THB850) – only around $7 more than the original.