Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Release Date: Extended Battery, New Straps, OLED Display & Other Nifty Features

By V Doctor , Updated Jun 03, 2016 05:23 AM EDT

The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is set to release soon. The wearable tech is a follow-up to the original, which was first introduced in 2014.

Xiaomi is the No. 2 largest maker of wearable tech after Fitbit. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is expected to maintain the trend and continue to grow the popularity of the tracker. The bracelet has proven to be a reliable gadget for fitness enthusiasts and people on the go, among others.

Engadget reported that the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 has several similar functions as the original version. It can track the user’s basic movements, monitor sleep, check the user’s heart rate, count steps, time workouts, show the time and more. The second version features a thin anodized 0.42-inch OLED screen that displays the necessary information. Due to the more powerful display, however, the battery life of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 has decreased from about 30 days to 20 days. The pedometer algorithm of the new product has reportedly been improved.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 has a module with an oval form and thin silicone construction. There is a single button at the base of the display that lets users scroll through the various displays. The wearable device is available in green, blue, orange and black color.

According to ArsTechnica, the China-based company has worked on three fitness trackers. The predecessor of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, the Mi Band 1, was priced at only $13. The Xiaomi Mi Pulse followed, which mainly monitored the user’s pulse.

The upcoming device can do more, such as vibrating to alert the user for remaining sedentary for a period of time. It is ideal for individuals who aim to maintain a certain heartbeat range and stay physically active. It can also be a useful device for physical therapy patients and those who are recovering from an injury or heart problem.

Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 appears to be a promising and useful device. Its price and convenience are its strongest factors, considering how other brands offer similar devices at very high prices.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 2is priced at $23 and will become available on June 7, 2016 in China. The international release dates have yet to be announced. Although it is still uncertain whether the gadget will release abroad, the company is said to be eyeing on expanding to more countries in the West.

More updates and details on the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 are expected soon.

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