Xiaomi Mi Band 2 unveiled: $20 fitness band with OLED screen to show the time, amazing battery life

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 unveiled: $20 fitness band with OLED screen to show the time, amazing battery life

Xiaomi, the Chinese phone maker that has quickly risen to fame on home turf, and that is now likely paving the way to expand to the west, has one other hit product that has quickly amassed millions of sales: the Mi Band.

Released a couple of years ago, the Mi Band was the first truly affordable fitness tracker selling for a price of around $20. It did not offer anything fancy: just pure steps tracking, alarms and not much more, but it offered enthusiasts an affordable way to experience this new form factor. And while others like FitBit were working on more complicated trackers that have wider appeal, the Mi Band has captured its own niche.

Today, Xiaomi unveils the latest and most advanced iteration of the Mi Band: the Xiaomi Mi Band 2.

The Mi Band 2 retains the alluring $20 something price, but adds an OLED display that shows that time, a new button, as well as some more refined and novel features.

But first, let's take a look at the specs for the Mi Band 2:

  • Fitness, heart-rate and sleep tracker
  • OLED screen that allows you to see time, step count, heart rate
  • 20-day battery, IP67 water resistant
  • ADI accelerometer and optical heart rate sensor
  • Anodized 0.05mm ultra-thin button
  • Upgraded pedometer algorithm
  • Hypoallergenic silicone band
  • Second-gen Bluetooth 4.0 for more stable connections
  • Price: MSRP of ~$22 (149 yuan)
All of this definitely looks interesting and - at least on paper - similar to what fitness trackers multiple times the price of the Mi Band 2 offers. So far, we're not seeing the Mi Band 2 on Xiaomi's official webpage, but the company did unveil the product at its official Facebook page and chances are that you'd soon be able to order one.


source: Mi.com

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22 Comments

1. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

the design,the specs,the price.damn...i hope it sells well :)

8. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

"149 RMB in India " Dear PA, Indian currency is Rupee (₹), not RMB.

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1043; Member since: May 27, 2011

Ah, of course. Thanks for the correction!

22. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Or, to use the same format as the original, INR

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Fabulous.

2. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Looks tempting for the price. I currently use the Mi Band One and it has been acting well.

3. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

This is a total win.. I'm not a fitness conscious guy but I'm persuaded to get this given how cheap it is priced. Heck with it, even without all the activity tracker thingy, this would make a cool looking digital watch with that juicy oled display

4. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

I wonder how it charges

5. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

That capsule can be pulled off from the band and charged with a cable (similar to an OTG cable, you can connect it to USB port). I have not charged my Mi-Band-1 for last 50 days.

6. deftozzz

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Do vou guys think there will be an app that sets a timer when you click the band button? (to know your rest time or the time you took to do some exercise) that would make me buy it even for 50$

7. surethom

Posts: 1610; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice & also tracks light & deep sleep better than fitbit just total time asleep But the design is to flat the screen needs a slight curve to look & feel better.

10. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

"Just what the doctor ordered". check the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUU2SlWFBD8

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Best value for money phones, best value for money bands, seriously, Xiaomi is on a roll. Just hope they will come officially one day to Europe and USA.

12. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Microsoft cross-patent deal can help xiaomi come US!!! Afterall microsoft have plenty of android related patents!!! And hopefully it gets released for international buyers too!!!

13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

A fitness band with a heart rate sensor for $20? I'm sold.

14. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

If that's all what you want then you can get the old model Mi band 1s for 15-20$.

15. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

The only thing that this watch lacks is watch faces. But in terms of functionality it has everything that is required of a smartwatch. I don't want a watch telling me the messages i received i just want it to notify me that i have them because i will have to use the phone anyway. Smart play by Xiaomi i see them having a huge stake in the smartwatch segment.

16. abhishekvashishth

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Front is plastic or glass?

18. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Does it wake you by vibration? Anyone?

20. savagx

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 15, 2015

Yes it does

19. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

My mi band pulse has an alarm clock feature so I'm sure the band 2 has it as well.

21. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Looks like FitBit has some pretty serious competition. Why spend $100+ on a FitBit, when you can get 5 of the Xiaomi bands for the price of one FitBit?

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