Xiaomi launches LED smartband for under USD15
The Mi Band wristband has instantly become one of the cheapest of its kind on the market and will immediately capture the attention of major wearables manufacturers such as Samsung.
The wristband will act as an ID authenticator for use with Xiaomi’s new flagship Mi 4 smartphone which is a steel handset featuring a 5-inch (12.7 cm) screen as offering 17% greater resolution than Apple’s higher priced iPhone 5S. By using the Mi Band users will be able to unlock the phone without a password.
The Mi 4 features a 13-megapixel camera on the back of the phone, which is paired with an LED flash. The phone also includes an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
Xiaomi, which is rapidly becoming a major player in the global smartphone market, claims to have sold 57.4 million phones since going into the smartphone business three years ago and is now aiming to take on the wearables marketplace.
Xiaomi has quickly become the world’s sixth-largest smartphone vendor and the company’s rise resulted earlier this month in Samsung Electronics forecasting a drop in profits due, in part, to "increased competition" from Xiaomi and other rivals in China.
In 2013, Hugo Barra – one of Google’s top Android executives – became Xiaomi’s global vice president.
The Mi 4, which places its own users interface on top of Android 4.4 Kitkat, is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 Ghz processor – the same as used by the UK edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 but offers 3 Gb of RAM memory which is 50% more than Samsung’s device.
Pricing of the Mi 4 is keen at $322 for the version with 16GB of storage and $402 for the 64GB edition while the Mi Band is hitting the market at only $13.
The water resistant Mi Band can not only unlock the phone via Bluetooth but also tracks activity and sleep, and can act as an alarm clock.
Xiaomi claims the wristband, which uses uses a 41mAH battery, will last up to 30 days between charges. The metallic smartband features a rectangular LED display with three LED lights comes with an IP67 rating.