Rapidly-growing Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced its first wearable today, the Mi Band. While it’s a fitness band rather than a smartwatch, it does have one smartwatch-style feature: it can be used instead of a passcode to unlock Mi phones.
The waterproof Mi Band measures activity levels and sleep patterns, has a smart sleep-cycle alarm and claims to have a 30-day battery-life. Amazingly, it will be going on sale in China and Singapore for the equivalent of just $13 …
It’s not yet known whether the Mi Band will make it into other countries.
Xiaomi also announced its first LTE phone, the Mi 4. While the company started out making lower-spec handsets, it has quickly established a name for itself in high-spec phones at affordable prices. Describing the Mi 4 as the “fastest and most gorgeous Mi Phone ever,” it has a 5-inch 1080p IPS display, a 13MP camera capable of 4K video recording, 8MP wide-angle rear camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chip.
While Xiaomi is focused on international expansion, the flavor of LTE used in the Mi 4 will only work on Chinese networks.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun styles himself after Steve Jobs, doing Apple-style product launches while dressed in blue jeans and black top. He took it one stage further today, using the famous ‘one more thing’ line to introduce the MiBand.
(via The Verge)