Xiaomi’s much-speculated second wearable device is now official, after the Chinese company unveiled the Mi Band Pulse.
A report from Canalys earlier this year speculated that the Mi Band, the company’s debut wearable, made Xiaomi the world’s second largest seller of wearables behind only Fitbit. That was before the Apple Watch went on sale, of course, but this follow-up builds on that potential by adding more functionality.
That’s because, beyond tracking your steps and sleep, alarms and some notifications, the Mi Band Pulse includes a heart rate tracker, as previously speculated. That addition — the device uses PPG to measure your heart rate — has made it slightly larger than its predecessor. The original Mi Band took a little time to add iPhone support, but Xiaomi’s website confirms that the wearable will work with both Android (4.4 or later) and iOS (iPhone 4S / iOS 7.0 upwards) from the get-go, the company says that the new bracelet is crafted from sturdier material, making the buckle a lot less easier to break. The tracker's 45mAh battery will last a little less than its predecessor, clocking in at around 20 days, although we're pretty sure Xiaomi is erring on the side of caution given the original's ability to persist between charges. Like the Mi Band, the Pulse is both water/dust resistant and it'll work on handsets running Android 4.4 and above or newer iPhones running at least iOS 7. While it'll only be available in China when it launches on November 11th, Xiaomi intends to widen availability in the near future (or you can just import one)