Xiaomi is rumoured to be getting ready to launch the next-generation Mi Band as early as November 11. The new wearable fitness tracker is expected to be called the Mi Band 1S and would have Android and iOS compatibility.
Chinese technology blog GizChina reports, citing some local sources, that Xiaomi is set to launch the Mi Band 1S as the successor to its Mi Band launched last year during its Singles Day sale on November 11. The new Mi Band model is said to have a heart rate monitor that would let users track their heartbeat directly on any compatible mobile device.
Apart from a heart rate monitor, the Mi Band 1S is expected to offer real-time notifications on new calls, messages and emails. Also, it is speculated to have a water- and dust-resistant build.
The Mi Band 1S is rumoured to come with a price tag of 99 CN¥ ($16, £10), more than the 69 CN¥ price of the original Mi Band. A couple of leaked images show that the new Mi Band still has the same alloy covering on top, with three LED lights, and comes in the silicone band that Xiaomi had provided on its predecessor.
Xiaomi sold over 6 million units of its original Mi Band and looks all set to continue the momentum with the rumoured Mi Band 1S. Price and availability details are likely to be revealed at the time of its official launch.
The Mi Band 1S could initially be available in China next week and later in some European markets and the US. India is likely to get it sometime later this year. The new device is part of Beijing-based Xiaomi's recently announced expansion plans.