Xiaomi is taking a toll on the internet right now. Recently, it had launched it’s Mi 8 flagship smartphone, at their annual product launch event in China. Along with it, they also released their Xiaomi Mi Band 3, which is the successor to Mi Band 2.
This latest Mi Band 3, boasts of a capacitive touchscreen panel and is water resistant up to 5 ATM. In fact, It is also touted to deliver up to 20 days of battery life on a single charge and would come in three color variants. The Mi Band 3 would go on sale at a price tag of CNY 169, i.e. approximately ₹1,800. Xiaomi, in fact, also has an NFC version of the Mi Band that would be available at CNY 199, around ₹2,100 sometime in September. Details about the price and availability of the Mi Band 3 in global markets, however, haven’t been revealed.
Similar to last year’s Mi Band 2, the Mi Band 3 is capable of receiving app and call notifications and has motion tracking as well as health management features. In addition, it also has a water-resistant build that is claimed to withstand being submerged in as deep water as 50 meters. Right now, Xiaomi notably didn’t specify any IP rating beyond the 5 ATM rating. This Mi Band 3 is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above or iOS 9.0 and above. Similar to the Mi Band 2, the wearable can auto-unlock associated MIUI smartphones for the wearer. Xiaomi also claims that the pedometer has been improved. There is also a caller ID/ reject feature, as well as reminder to users to stop sitting for too long.
However, unlike the Mi Band 2 that had a 0.42-inch OLED panel, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 features a larger, 0.78-inch capacitive OLED display. This new display panel, in fact, shows incoming call and text message alerts as well as the current time, steps taken, and heart rate count. It has a pixel resolution of 128×80. The latest Mi Band model also includes a heart-rate (PPG) sensor, and bears a triaxial acceleration sensor and also provides sleep monitoring features. Further, there is a 110mAh battery, which is larger in terms of capacity over the 70mAh battery available on the Mi Band 2. However, the battery life is of 20 days only.
There is Bluetooth 4.2 LE connectivity that makes the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 compatible with most Android and iOS devices. Nevertheless, Xiaomi, for the first time brought an NFC version, and this would make it more convenient for users to connect the new Mi Band with their smartphones. This Mi Band 3 wears 20 grams including the strap.