Xiaomi’s wearables may not provide all of the top-end tracking techs you would find in the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro or a Fitbit Charge 3, but its Mi Band 3 fitness tracker is an exceptionally good product for the price.
That’s why there’s always eagerness around what Xiaomi is doing in the health band market. The company managed to group a lot of tech into its previous three devices, and I am excited to hear about what Xiaomi will do for the next one.
The company has already confirmed there will be a Xiaomi Mi Band 4 soon.
David Cui, Chief Financial Officer at Huami (a brand owned by Xiaomi) has confirmed that the company is working on a follow-up to the Mi Band 3 and that we’re about to see it later this year.
In this post, I’ll be sharing everything about the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, be it the price, specs, release date news and leaks.
Mi Band 3
The Mi Band 3 was one of Xiaomi’s bestselling budget fitness trackers and it came up with several important changes compared to the previous models. These included:
1. A large 0.78-inch OLED touchscreen display with 128 x 80 resolution, which made the way easier to text messages, read notifications, fitness data, etc.
2. Water resistance with 5ATM made the Mi Band 3 capable of traveling up to 50 meters under water and this meant it can be used by divers and swimmers.
3. The tracker spotlighted an improved step-counting mechanism and even more accurate continuous heart rate monitoring: the Mi Band 3 was capable of monitoring heart rate changes over a 24-hour period.
4. The Mi Band 3 provided up to 20 days of battery life with its 110mAh battery which was impressive taking into account the watch’s large display.
5. The tracker also came with upgraded connectivity using the new Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy standard.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 news and leaks
We’ve yet to see much proper news about the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 other than the confirmation of its reality. However, in the same announcement, it was indicated that new features would be coming to the tracker.
We also noted a Bluetooth certification listing for the device, listing two models, both of which support Bluetooth 5 and one of which also supports NFC.
It is worth noting that a Chinese version of the Mi Band 3 also supported NFC for contactless payments, so this isn’t a new feature as such, and may not be widely available.
That is all the news for now from leaks and rumors, but we can also take a learned guess at some things. For example, looking back at previous Xiaomi fitness trackers, we could be certain that the company will include a heart rate monitor and an OLED display on the Xiaomi Mi Band 4.
It’s also likely to have water resistance up to 50 meters – although the company might push that even further with its next tracker – and we assume to see strong battery life as the Mi Band 3 can run for 20 days from a single charge.
Xiaomi may also include incredible brand new features such as an ECG monitor (which is currently available on the Apple Watch 4) but that sort of thing would likely increase the price so we assume Xiaomi will stick to the basics here.
Mi Band 4 Will be Coming With Bluetooth 5.0 Support
The Mi Band 4 form certified by the Bluetooth SIG occurs to be XMSH08HM. In addition to XMSH08HM, the XMSH07HM variant has also been granted with Bluetooth certification.
As committed by the ‘Mi Smart Band 4 NFC’ design name listed on the Bluetooth Launch Studio website, the upcoming fitness tracker will be available with NFC support in certain markets.
Apart from the name for the product, the Bluetooth certification has confirmed support for the Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy standard. The current Mi Band 3 support Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, so the Mi Band 4 will be a decent improvement over its predecessor in terms of connectivity.
No other details have been released by the Bluetooth SIG, so we will need to wait for the fitness tracker to pop up on other websites in order to find out more about its key features.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 release date and price
Firstly, the good news is we know that the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is happening. In March 2019, David Cui, Chief Financial Officer at Huami, said “Mi Band 4, is going to be releasing this year. It will be in 2019.
I don’t know exactly when the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 will be launching, but Cui’s words make it sound like the launch isn’t close, So I expect that the Mi Band 4 to land in the second half of this year.
As for price, You can expect this to be way cheaper than a lot of other fitness trackers available in the market, Though as the company priced it’s previous Mi Bands low. For example, the Mi Band 3 started at $30 / £25 / AU$35.