Xiaomi Mi Band 3 gets Bluetooth certification; launch might be imminent

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 has been out for more than a year, and its successor might launch sooner than later

  • Published: February 23, 2018 11:59 AM IST
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Xiaomi launched Mi Band 2, its best-selling fitness tracker in June 2016 and its successor has been rumored to arrive for more than six months now. Xiaomi has been pushing out limited edition models to keep the device refreshed in the last few months. However, it seems that the Chinese smartphone maker is now ready to launch the third iteration of its wearable.

The Mi Band 3 just got Bluetooth certification, which confirms its existence, but there is still no clarity on its key specifications. The listing reveals that Mi Band 3 will have model number XMSH05HM, and it is said to support Bluetooth 4.2 LE (low energy). The production is being handled by Xiaomi’s subsidiary Anhui Huami Information Technology Co. Ltd.

We still don’t know much about the design and specifications of the device, and also the segment that Xiaomi plans to target with its wearable. The first Mi Band was a basic fitness tracker but Xiaomi added an OLED display, heart rate sensor, pedometer and calorie counter to the second-generation model. There is a possibility that the next device will have even more advanced features. One of the things could be fix to some of the known issues like the OLED screen not being bright enough, and the heart rate sensor failing to record heart rate.

Xiaomi has found great success in the entry-level wearable segment with its Mi Band series. Gartner says wearables are failing to match the adoption rate of smartphones due to their lackluster battery life and poor integration with mobile operating systems.

Despite the declining sales of wearables, Xiaomi has managed to dethrone Fitbit as the second major wearable brand globally. It has seen adoption for Mi Band among those using its Redmi and Mi-branded smartphones and its Huami and Amazfit devices are also doing well in the wearable segment. So we only hope that with Mi Band 3, Xiaomi might probably have its best wearable device yet.

  • Published Date: February 23, 2018 11:59 AM IST