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Xiaomi gets into fitness tracker market with $13 Mi Band

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Jul 2014 22:48 User comments (2)

Xiaomi gets into fitness tracker market with $13 Mi Band Chinese powerhouse startup Xiaomi has expanded into the fitness tracker market, unveiling the new Mi Band.
The tracker is ridiculously cheap at CN79 ($13 USD) although Xiaomi does not sell outside of China yet, so getting a Mi Band in the U.S. will require going through an unlicensed third party.

Mi Bands will track your steps, track your sleeping patterns, work as a smart alarm clock (vibrate to wake you) and can last up to 30 days on a single charge, putting the Fitbit to shame by a huge margin.

In addition, if you have a Xiaomi phone, the band can unlock it wirelessly if close enough.

Xiaomi currently has a value of over $10 billion, especially notable for a three-year old company.



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2 user comments

129.7.2014 4:08

I notice that even the ad is in English.

I notice (also) that the Water Resistant (IP67) seems ok as one should always treat the statement "water resistant" with great caution. See here...

IP67 means...
6 = Dust tight. No Ingress of dust.
and...
7 = Protected against the effects of short term immersion (under defined conditions of pressure and time). OR Protected from immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter in depth.

http://www.dsmt.com/resources/ip-rating-chart
http://www.averyweigh-tronix.com/News/C...-Rating-System/

At least it shouldn't bugger up if you work up a sweat like some other wearables.

Btw, what IS the market in China for fitness products... I mean... do they give a toss...? :)



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This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Jul 2014 @ 4:09

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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24.8.2014 12:48

At that price, it's probably worth trying out, but from what I can tell, it only sincs with THEIR phones...Did a search on Google, and they can be shipped to the U.S. for ~$25. Still a good price compared to Nike Fuel Bands, but if it won't sinc with other phones, it's kinda handicapped.

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