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Xiaomi Mi Band 4 announced: The cheap fitness band just got better

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 announced: The cheap fitness band just got better

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 was an insanely cheap fitness tracker (£26.99 in the United Kingdom, which works out as about $35) with a relatively impressive feature set. The first Mi Band launched five years ago, and Xiaomi has been iterating the design and adding new features with every generation. There's also a slightly more expensive variant with NFC, although it's still cheap as chips. The Avengers variant of the Mi Band 4 will retail for 349 RMB ($50), and sales are set to kick off from June 16. Xiaomi during the presentation revealed that the users would also be able to send voice commands through the new Mi Band to control compatible connected devices. Besides the improvements, Mi Band 4 comes in a special edition model called Mi Band 4 Avengers Edition with custom dials to match the wrist bands for Iron Man, Avengers and Captain America. It's also both larger and significantly sharper than the grayscale display on the Mi Band 3. In India alone, the company has sold more than 1 million units of Mi Band 3. The fitness tracker without NFC is priced at Yuan 169 (around Rs 1700) and the one with NFC is priced at Yuan 229 (around Rs 2,300). The device comes with several new features including a 0.95-inch colour AMOLED display, NFC support, six-axis accelerometer sensor and a built in microphone for voice commands.

The band can monitor physical activities like cycling, swimming, exercise, running and walking. The Mi Band 4 now comes with support for QR-based payments backed by Alipay like Fitbit does with its Fitbit Pay. The device is 5 ATM rated and is created to identify various swimming strokes, namely freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, and mixed-style.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 comes with a 6-axis accelerometer that detects activities on the go and calculates fitness parameters.

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Overall, the display of the Mi Band 4 can feature 77 colourful watch faces, six sports modes, and all the information that was available on the previous Mi Band models.

The NFC variant of the Mi Band 4 offers 15 days of battery life whereas the standard variant of the Mi Band 4 can last up to 20 days on a single charge.


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