Xiaomi is releasing a fitness tracker… that costs $13

Callum Tennent
July 23, 2014

If you thought that Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mi4, was good value for money, then get ready to reevaluate your entire outlook on life.

Allow us to present to you the Xiaomi MiBand. What’s special about it? Oh, nothing much. Except for the fact that, you know, it costs  $13.  That’s  thirteen. No zeroes.

Xiaomi - MiBand range

What does it do? Who cares, for that price it could literally be nothing more than a plastic and rubber strap and  still  be pretty good value for money. But since you seem like the demanding type we’ll fill you in.

It tracks steps and distance covered, aka the bare minimum from a smart wearable. It also tracks your sleep, which is a little more impressive as there are more than enough wearables out there right now currently lacking such a feature. It can automatically unlock your Xiaomi smartphone, which is definitely cool. It’s IP67 water resistant, which is a feature which should definitely not be taken for granted, as there are currently more wearables out there without such certification than with.

Xiaomi - MiBand leather

And all those are just features of the MiBand itself. It’s not a stretch to imagine that the majority of the band’s functionality will come within its accompanying app, as is the case with the majority of its competitors. We also don’t know whether or not it will be compatible with any Android phones other than the Xiaomi Mi4, or if it will receive a release outside of China.


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Callum Tennent

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