In addition to selling affordable Android smartphones, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi also cranks out low-cost accessories, like a 10400mAh battery pack for $14. The latest such device from Xiaomi is a wearable.
The Mi Band Pulse is a new activity tracker from Xiaomi that is the follow-up to the Mi Band. While the two wearables look similar, the Mi Band Pulse adds in a heart rate monitor to let you easily measure your heart beat. The Mi Band Pulse also includes a 45mAh battery that’ll last for up to 20 days in standby (compared to 30 days on the Mi Band) and IP67 water resistance.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band Pulse will launch in China on November 11 at a price of 99RMB, or around $16. It’s compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and up or iOS 7 and up. Xiaomi will continue to offer the plain Mi Band, too, at a price of 69RMB ($11).
Since it has no screen, the Mi Band Pulse isn’t going to let you read your text messages or control your music from your wrist. At just $16, though, it’s a super-cheap option for folks that just want a fitness tracker and nothing else. It doesn’t look too shabby, either, packing a plain silver pill-shaped device into a thin rubber strap.
Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t said when or if it’ll sell the Mi Band Pulse outside of China. Because this is the Internet, though, you’ll probably be able to snag a Mi Band Pulse from various third-party marketplaces eventually if you really want one.
Xiaomi also recently began selling an enhanced version of its Redmi 2A Android smartphone that includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, both of which are double what’s inside the original Redmi 2A. The enhanced Redmi 2A also offers a 4.7-inch 1280x720 display, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, a quad-core Leadcore processor, and a 2200mAh battery. It’ll sell for 499 Yuan ($78 USD).