Xiaomi Mi Band 2 launch delayed by production woes1
The CEO of Huami, Xiaomi's manufacturing partner for the Mi Band, posted on weibo today that there are issues facing the Mi Band 2. Huang Wang said that manufacturing problems are preventing the company from building enough devices to meet the expected demand for the device. After all, the Xiaomi Mi Band and Xiaomi Mi Band 1S both sold extremely well. That was due to the fact that both were cheap (in the $12 to $15 range). Both models consisted of just a band that was worn on the wrist, without a display.
Without a screen, users were forced to use an app on a paired iOS or Android smartphone in order to check the health and fitness data generated by the devices. The Mi Band 1S tracked the quality of a user's sleep and his/her heart rate. It counted the number of steps taken by the user and computed the number of calories burned during an exercise. And while the Mi Band 2 does all that and more, this time the device has a removable display that can be popped out if so desired. While you might still want to use your phone and the special app in order to see enhanced analysis of your health and exercising results, some data will be available on the small screen.
The manufacturing problem with the Mi Band 2 was confirmed by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, who optimistically called for just a one month delay before the launch of the device.
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