Xiaomi has released a follow up to the Mi Band fitness tracker – the Mi Band 2. The smartwear fitness tracker was shown off a few weeks ago. It is going to cost about (RMB 149 or $23), but it has some nice upgrades as compared to its predecessor. The Mi Band fitness tracker was sold globally at $15 and it was a hit due to its competitive price as it shipped more than 20 million units after it was released.
The Mi Band 2 has a small OLED display that can display the time, your heart rate, step count, and moreas against the last Mi Band which only had a few LED indicators. The Band 2 according to Xiaomi can also stay 20 days of use per charge due to the addition of a larger battery to it. It has an accelerometer that is used to track steps and sleep, but it can also now alert you if you’ve been sitting still for too long so you can get up and stretch.
This is a Bluetooth 4.0 device that can pair with your phone to receive alerts for calls and notifications. Xiaomi also touts automatic device unlocking for Mi phones. If it’s a standard Bluetooth connection, the Mi band 2 should work with smart lock on other phones. This is a little unclear. There will be a line of colorful improved band options for the Mi Band 2, and the device itself is IP67 water-resistant.
The Mi Band 2 launches in China on June 7th and the timing for other markets has not been released yet.