If you need a basic fitness tracker able to collect standard fitness data while providing some limited data from your phone at a rock bottom price, the newly announced Xiaomi Mi Band 3 may just be the ticket. Announced at their Shenzhen press conference today in conjunction with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphones and some other devices, the Mi Band 3 is a successor to the Mi Band 2. Xiaomi added some more curvature to the device and a new capacitive key in this latest version of a fitness tracker from the company.
The hardware for the Mi Band 3 actually comes in a small unit that is held on your wrist using a silicone band. That hardware can be popped out of the band if a user wants to switch to a different color or possibly material if new options are released later. Popping the unit out of the band is actually something users will do on a regular basis in order to charge the unit. Fortunately, that will not be very often as Xiaomi says the Mi Band 3 can go around 20 days on a single charge.
Part of the reason battery life may be so good is because Xiaomi stuck with a black and white display for the Mi Band 3. It is only 0.78-inches in size and is running a display resolution of 128 x 80 on the OLED screen. The display is touch-sensitive. Xiaomi also made the Mi Band 3 water resistant up to 50 meters deep, which is quite good. The unit includes a heart rate sensor and is capable of tracking your typical fitness stats like steps, sleep, and others. Xiaomi also produced an NFC equipped option apparently for just the Chinese market. When connected to your smartphone using the Bluetooth capability, you can get notifications, see caller ID info, and check on the weather.
The Mi Band 3 is priced at a mere 169 Yuan ($26 USD) and 199 Yuan ($31 USD) for the NFC variant. That means the investment is quite low for users who want to give the device a try. At release, the Mi Band 3 will go on sale on June 5th in just the Chinese market. Other markets are expected to follow. Initial band color choices include blue, red and black.
source: Android Headlines