Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse Is A $15 Fitness Tracker With Heart Rate Monitor And IP67 Water Resistance


Chinese gadget company Xiaomi has unveiled its fitness tracker, aimed at fashionistas and fitness freaks, which rocks a heart rate monitor and IP67 water resistance: the Mi Band Pulse, previously known as Mi Band 1S.

The Mi Band Pulse is deemed the company's second-generation wearable fitness tracker.

Last year, the company initially took the wraps off its Mi Band in China. Xiaomi has given this device a facelift, incorporating a slew of noteworthy functionalities, including an optical heart rate sensor and aesthetic enhancements.

"Mi Band is already the 3rd most popular wearable in the world and now we're adding real time heart rate monitoring," says Xiaomi on its official Facebook page. "Would you like to see this launched in your country too?" 

The device claims to track users' steps, calorie intake and quality of sleep with a heart rate sensor. Users can connect the fitness tracker to Android handsets which run Android 4.4 KitKat and above via Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Xiaomi's Mi Fit app will then be used to synchronize users' health and fitness data with the device. 

Specs-wise, the Mi Band Pulse is IP67 certified, suggesting it can resist water and dust. Its 450 mAh battery, the same as its forerunner, allows the user to take advantage of its functionalities for 30 days. The band still features the three LED notification lights which can be spotted on top of the wearable. 

Perhaps one of its biggest selling points is its low price; it only sells at 99 Yuan, or around $15. This is way cheaper than its archrivals: the Fitbit Charge HR with a price tag of $140, and the Jawbone UP3 which is priced at $180. The company announced it will still continue to sell its first-gen Mi Band which will be sold at only 69 Yuan, or $10.

In the meantime, the company unwrapped its new creation, a Mi Power Bank which comes equipped with a whopping 20,000 mAh.

It's worth noting that these two new products of Xiaomi are presently available only in China. The company has yet to reveal the international launch for the fitness tracker.

The Mi Band Pulse will land on China on Nov. 11 or Singles' Day.

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