The latest pill-shaped Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker – Xiaomi Smart Band 8, isn’t just another wrist-worn wearable. It can fit into your necklace, shoes & more.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band fitness trackers have been very popular among fitness enthusiasts who want a feature-rich wearable without spending a lot of money.
This year, Xiaomi is launching the Mi Band 8 with a slight redesign. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Smart Band 8, including its features, design, and release date.
Design of Xiaomi Smart Band 8
As far as design is concerned, not much seems to be changing on the Mi Band 8. It still features an oval AMOLED display, which we expect to be the same as last year’s model.
However, one significant change can be seen in previously leaked images, which is the redesigned strap mechanism. Rather than a wrap-around band, the Mi Band 8’s strap connects to the device on each side.
The device will have multiple watch faces to match the user’s appearance, and there will be at least five different stylish straps, each more fashionable than the other.
Band 8 will be pill-shaped with at least three different pegs to attach different bands or even put on the shoe.
Primary Features of Xiaomi Smart Band 8
The Mi Band 8 will likely offer all the same activity tracking basics as the Mi Band 7, including continuous blood oxygen monitoring and low SpO2 alerts, all-day heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, and stress monitoring.
The base model should offer connected GPS, while the Pro variant should get built-in GPS. Xiaomi Smart Band 8 also allows users to attach it to their shoes.
By using it on the foot, Xiaomi Smart Band 8 can track various data like stride length, step intensity, and brisk walking status.
The data should be much more accurate than the existing wearable fitness tracker. This feature may not be good for everyday users, but it is likely to be loved among athletes or sports enthusiasts.
Additional Features of Xiaomi Smart Band 8
Xiaomi decided to ditch the single strap that was part of the Band identity for many years and now will offer a two-piece band even for its more affordable wearable.
This new metal not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the band but also provides better durability and comfort to its users.
Xiaomi has designed the smart band in a way that allows users to wear it not just on their wrists but also around their necks like a necklace.
While if you think about whether such a design makes sense or not, there will always be users who embrace this unique usage scenario.
Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Price
The expected price of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is ₹3,999 in India, CNY250 in China, and around $35/€30 in other countries.
Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Release Date
According to an official poster on Xiaomi’s China website, the new pill-shaped fitness tracker is debuting alongside the Xiaomi 13 Ultra on April 18 (i.e. today).
It’s expected that the Mi Band 8 should first become available in China before its global release.
As with previous models, the international version of the tracker is likely to be slightly different than its Chinese variant, missing NFC support, or a voice assistant.
It’s also expected that a Pro variant of the new Mi Band 8 will be available, just as the company launched one for the Mi Band 7 last year.
Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is the latest addition to the company’s line of affordable yet feature-rich wearable devices.
The device is expected to debut in China on April 18 and is likely to hit the global markets shortly after.
With a redesigned strap mechanism, new metal and leather strap, and a pill-shaped design, Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is set to offer a unique wearable experience.
With multiple watch faces and stylish straps, the Band 8 promises to be an attractive fashion accessory.