Xiaomi Mi Band 5 launch confirmed for June 11; rumors suggest an incremental update
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is looking to be an incremental update to Mi Band 4 but will come with new fitness-centric features.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 seems to have an official launch date. The successor to Mi Band 4 will be launched in China on June 11 and will go on sale a week later, starting from June 18. The information was found in the new posts shared by the company on Weibo, China's micro-blogging platform. With Mi Band 5, Xiaomi will be seen further tweaking its successful wearable with new features. The sale date is said to be decided to coincide with a popular shopping festival called "618" in Xiaomi's domestic market.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 launch on June 11: What to expect
The Xiaomi Mi Band series has been one of the most successful wearable wherever it is sold. Soon after its China launch, we should see the product make its way to other markets as well. It should be available in markets like India and Europe soon after its launch in China. Ahead of the launch, some of the key features of the wearable have already leaked. The leaks so far expect the Mi Band 5 to be an incremental update priced in the sub-RMB 200 (around Rs 2,100) category.
However, there is a possibility that the Mi Band 5 is more expensive than its predecessor. It is expected to gain support for features like SpO2 sensor and offer NFC support as well. Xiaomi is also planning to add a remote camera control function to the system. The leaked renders depict a wearable with 1.2-inch and and a strap like its predecessor. However, there is no sign of punch-hole cutouts that were rumored in recently leaked images.
There are also rumors that Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will come with support for Amazon Alexa. Since Mi Band 5 runs a proprietary interface, it will be quite a work for Amazon to bring its digital assistant. However, the popularity of Xiaomi wearable might have been a no-brainer. It could be limited to International markets like India and Europe. The design is expected to be similar to that of Mi Band 4 but the major changes could be in the software.
Published:Mon, June 01, 2020 8:30am | Updated:Mon, June 01, 2020 12:53pm