We’re seeing all kinds of smart devices these days, and wearables are a huge part of that equation. Smartwatches and fitness trackers, in particular, have been extremely popular last year, we’ve seen a ton of them launched in 2014. Xiaomi launched their very own fitness tracker offering as well, the unbelievably affordable Mi Band smartband. This thing was priced at 79 Yuan ($13) at launch and is an extremely affordable way for you to track your fitness and reach a certain goal. Unfortunately though, like all Xiaomi devices, this thing was officially available only in China, you could / can get one from resellers though.
That being said, Xiaomi has launched a bunch of devices already this year, and we’re only getting started. The company has launched the Redmi 2, Mi Note, Mi Note Pro, Mi Headphones and Mi Box Mini devices in January, I hope I’m not forgetting something, because Xiaomi really is going all in this year. Anyhow, according to some comments by Hugo Barra on Weibo (Chinese social network), Xiaomi might be ready to launch a successor to the Mi Band. The team that is responsible for the launch of the Mi Band is getting ready to launch something, it doesn’t have to be the Mi Band 2, but something is up.
Xiaomi has lots going for them this year. Company’s CEO has already teased that they’ll announce some sort of international expansion in February, they’ve launched a bunch of devices already and now this… it seems like this China-based company is trying to get a head start this year and really push its limits. Let me remind you that we’re talking about a really young company here, Xiaomi was founded back in 2010, they sold 19 million smartphones in 2013 and in 2014 that number jumped all the way to 61 million. This Chinese smartphone vendor plans on selling 100 million devices in 2014, it will be interesting to see if they can pull it off.
Anyhow, did you have a chance to test out the original Mi Band? Do you think Xiaomi is planning to release the follow-up so soon, or is the team behind Mi Band going to release something else this time around?