Xiaomi is all set to announce its flagship Mi 8 at its annual product launch event in Shenzhen, China on May 31. It’s now reported that the Chinese OEM will also debut the much-awaited Mi Band 3 at the same event. The information was officially confirmed by Xiaomi’s Senior VP Wang Xiang in a teaser shared on Twitter.
Mi Band 3 Leaked Pricing
Earlier today, a screenshot showing the official listing of the Mi Band 3 leaked online. The latest leak clearly reveals the price of the highly anticipated budget fitness tracker from Xiaomi. If the leak is to be believed, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is set to be priced at 169 Yuan (Rs 1,785/$26). This makes it slightly costlier than its predecessor which was initially launched at 149 Yuan (Rs 1,575/$23).
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 succeeds the Mi Band 2, which apparently was among the highest selling fitness wearables globally. The all-new wearable has been in news for quite some time now, with teasers regarding the same appearing on the web every now and then. That said, there wasn’t any concrete information regarding an official launch date of the band until we got to know from Wang’s tweet yesterday.
— Wang Xiang (@XiangW_) May 28, 2018
Previously, Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun, was spotted wearing the alleged fitness tracker at the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone launch. While industry started shouting their hearts out to claim that the band of Chinese CEO’s wrist was indeed the Mi Band 3, Xiaomi preferred to remain silent. It wasn’t until earlier this week that Xiaomi came out acknowledging the band captured in the photo to be the upcoming Mi Band 3.
The new Mi Band 3 is said to come with a bundle of improvements over its predecessor. It will come with a much-rounded display, which will help users in navigating inside the band’s UI using swipe action. Moreover, it’s not yet confirmed whether or not the Mi Band 3 will get a color touch display. With recent budget fitness bands form Lenovo, Smartron coming with color OLEDs panels; we can expect the Mi Band 3 to come with something similar. The rest of the features include IP67 water and dust resistance certification, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and a hoard of fitness-centric sensors including step counter, sleep monitor and heart rate sensor.
Mi8 to come with Animoji like Feature
In related news, Xiaomi has also revealed that the new Mi 8 will feature its own take on Apple’s Animojis. To provide this new feature, Xiaomi will be including a structured light 3D module with its new flagship. This will not only make the Mi 8 the first Android smartphone to come with a 3D facial recognition feature but will also help in its Animoji prowess by taking a three-dimensional scan of your face. And hopefully, a more secure face unlock authentication.