Along with its new flagships, the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Xiaomi has also announced a new fitness tracker, the Mi Band 3. This fitness tracker has been leaking for a while now, and the company has now shared all the necessary info. The Mi Band 3 sports a somewhat different design to the Mi Band 3, as it’s considerably more curved than the Mi Band 2, while a capacitive key is included here as well, though it blends into the design of the Mi Band 3 far more than it was the case with the Mi Band 2.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes with a replaceable silicone band, and you will need to take it out of that strap when it needs to be charged, though luckily, you won’t have to do that for quite some time, as it sports a black and white display yet again, as was the case with the Mi Band 2. Xiaomi claims that it will offer you around 20 days of battery life on a single charge. The Mi Band 3 features a 0.78-inch (128 x 80) OLED display, and unlike the Mi Band 2’s panel, this display is actually touch-sensitive. The Mi Band 3 also comes with a heart-rate sensor which is implemented on the bottom of the device, in more or less the same place it was included in the Mi Band 2. The device is waterproof, you can submerge it under a 50m of water. Just like the Mi Band 2, the Mi Band 3 will be able to measure your steps, track your sleep, and so on. It will also be able to show you weather info, notifications, caller ID, and so on. The device sports a 110mAh battery, and Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, while a variant of the device with an NFC chip will also be available in China it seems. The device itself is black-colored no matter what version you get, but version with different strap colors will be sold, so the device will be available with silicone straps in Black, Blue and Red colors, at least in the beginning, as Xiaomi will probably introduce some additional colors later on.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is priced at 169 Yuan ($26) in China (199 Yuan for the NFC variant), which means that it’s just a little bit more expensive than the Mi Band 2, which are great news for those of you who are planning to get it. The device goes on sale on June 5 in China, and it will eventually hit other markets as well, but for the time being, its availability has been announced for China only.