What’s the news?
The Redmi Band – The Mi Fan Festival held in China on April 3 was bigger than ever before, with Xiaomi celebrating a whole decade of the event. 22 new products were promised by the Beijing-based brand spanning from IoT to smart washing machines and AC units.
Fitness tracker fans will be thrilled to learn that they can get their hands on the cheapest fitness tracker to date, which is even cheaper than Mi Band 4.
Redmi Band is a smaller, sub-brand that is part of Xiaomi and revealed their first fitness tracker brand as part of the Mi Fan Festival last Friday.
Known as the ‘Redmi Band’ this fitness tracker will be one the cheapest trackers available at around $17. If you’re quick enough, you could scoop one for $13 if you head to Redmi’s CrowdFunding attempts, starting April 9th.
What do we know?
The Redmi fitness tracker band will have a slim colour display of just over 1 inch. Unlike it’s Mi siblings which offer round pebbles, the Redmi band will have a rectangular dial.
We don’t know too much about the hardware yet as the specification hasn’t been released but Xiaomi does promise a sensational 14 days between charge. You’ll power it via a USB A-port which sits in the chassis, so there’ll be no need to worry about losing a charger or dock.
Unlike the Mi Band 4, the Redmi won’t offer NFC payments as this wearable is focussed on the essentials
You’ll be able to pick it up in blue, black, red or brown.
It’ll offer resistance to some minor water splashes, sweatiness and things like dust or cosmetics, but you will have to treat it like the budget watch it is and not expect it to endure too much.
It will be available for buying in China first, from Thursday, April 9.
If you’re unsure about taking the leap to this new brand, we compared Fitbit to Xiaomi, here.
Features and Functionality
One of the most interesting feature we liked about it is was how you charge it. You can plug your Redmi Band to any standard USB socket and charge it there. This is truly a significant advancement which will allow you to have it charged nearly anywhere, without the need of having to go or find a dedicated watch specific charger.
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