Xiaomi has finally launched its successor to the uber popular Mi Band, called the  Mi Band 2 in China today. As promised by Lei  Jun, the band will go on sale on June 7 onward in China.

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Mi band 2 is priced at CNY 149 (approx. Rs. 1500), this band promises to improve on the shortcomings of its predecessor. These include a much needed OLED screen and a heart sensor. Also, the new design of the band has been designed keeping in mind the request made by the fans with respect to the capsule of the band which kept falling out in the Mi band. The original Mi band was unveiled way back in 2014 and is still selling on Mi India website. For now, Mi has not revealed the dates for the availability of the Mi band 2 in India.

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Addition of the OLED screen puts Xiaomi in leagues with the likes of FitBit wearables whose USP is their screen which can be used to see the steps, time and heart rate without having to use the app on the smartphone.

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Mi band 2 will retain old functions like call alert, alarms, notifications and unlocking smartphones.

One of the biggest and much needed (also asked) addition in Mi Band 2 is the 0.42″ OLED display  which will be used to show steps walked, heart rate and show time as well. Just like the Mi Band 1s (which never made it to India), the Mi Band 2 will sport a heart rate sensor for the health conscious. Though another notable change is the increased battery. Compared to the 41mAh battery in Mi band, the Mi band 2 has a 70 mAh battery which Xiaomi claims will last for 20 days at least. The original Mi Band’s battery would easily last more than 30 days comparatively.

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Mi Band 2 supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE for pairing with the smartphones. Mi band 2 comes with a water resistant rating of IP67 so yes, you can keep wearing it while swimming or while taking a shower. According to Xiaomi, the Mi band 2 is weighted at a meager 7 grams. Separate bands will be available for the Mi band 2 in black, blue, green and orange among other colors.

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Mi band 2 will be compatible with Android 4.4 and above and iOS 7.0 and above.

Mi Band 2 Specs:

 

Size

Battery 70 mAh, Lithium polymer
20 days battery life
Weight 7.0 g
Water Resistant IP67 Standards
Intenral Config. 0.42″ OLED Display
2nd Gen Bluetooth 4.0
ADI ultra-low power acceleration sensors & Photoelectric sensors
Strap Size 235 mm total length
155 – 210 mm adjustable length
Made of Thermoplastic elastomers, aluminium
Compatibility Requires Bluetooth 4.0

Android 4.4 or iOS 7.0 and above:

Mi 2 / 2S / 2A, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, Mi 4c, Mi 4i, Mi 5, Mi 4S, Mi Max,
Redmi 1S, Redmi 2 / 2A / 3,
Redmi Note / Note 2 / Note 3

iOS 7.0 or later:

iPhone 4s / 5 / 5c / 5s / 6/6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus / SE

For Smart Unlocking feature support:
[MIUI 6, 7, 8] Mi 2 / 2S / 2A, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, Mi 4c, Mi 5, Mi 4S, Mi Max, Redmi 1S, Redmi 2 / 2A / 3, Redmi Note / Note 2 / Note 3

Smartphones with Android 5.0 or above & Bluetooth 4.0