Xiaomi has established itself as one of the trusted brands when choosing activity bracelets or clothing, notably thanks to its Mi Band range and its excellent value for money.
Now that competition increases from companies like Amazfit and Honor, what will the Chinese company do to stay ahead of the game?
We have analyzed the possible new Mi Band 6 and gathered all the news and rumors about the upcoming Xiaomi activity bracelet.
When will the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 be released?
Traditionally, Xiaomi has launched new Mi Band models in the summer, as can be seen in the following timeline:
- Xiaomi Mi Band: July 2014
- Xiaomi Mi Band 1S: November 2015
- Xiaomi Mi Band 2: June 2016
- Xiaomi Mi Band 3: May 2018
- Xiaomi Mi Band 4: June 2019
- Xiaomi Mi Band 5: July 2020
Using this as a guide, it seems very likely that the new Xiaomi Mi Band 6 will arrive around June 2021.
How much will the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 cost?
One of the strengths of the Mi Band range is the incredible value it offers to consumers.
While many established brands typically charge prices close to $ 100 or more, Xiaomi’s fitness trackers have historically been much lower than that. Here are the prices of the latest models:
Although the price seems to be increasing, 40 dollars is still a great price for a full fitness tracker offered by Xiaomi.
If the previous model holds true for the new model, we would expect the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 to cost around 40 dollars as well when it goes on sale later this year.
What new features will Xiaomi add to the Mi Band 6?
Although Xiaomi has yet to officially confirm the existence of the Mi Band 6, there are rumors going around and we have come together with some guesses on what you might see in the new device.
As for the design, we don’t expect any major changes from the Mi Band 5, as it already had a larger screen than its predecessor (it is true that only from 0.95 to 1.1 inches) and it was also brighter. .
However, there was a trade-off, as our review of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 noted that the battery life had decreased due to the additional screen size and additional features.
That said, there are signs that could suggest a larger screen again, or at least a higher resolution screen compared to the Mi Band 5.
Huami – which makes the Amazfit, Zepp, and Mi Band products – has already integrated the Amazon Alexa voice assistant into products such as the Amazfit Band 5, so it’s not a big step forward in logic to assume that functionality could also make an appearance. next Mi Band.
In fact, according to Logger.fr, which has reviewed the latest firmware From the Zepp app and resource files, the Mi Band 6 isn’t just real, it looks like it will feature Alexa (or Mi AI in the Chinese version) integration.
We’ve already seen cautious rumors about including NFC in the next group, but while that makes a lot of sense in a world of masks and fewer people using cash, it now looks like paying without contact via NFC will remain an exclusive of. the Chinese model at the moment.
The same application files, unearthed by the main author of Logger.fr, Magical Unicorn, refer to two discrete versions of the Mi Band 6: XMSH16HM -which has NFC- and XMSH15HM -which does not. This would coincide with previous generations of the Mi Band, in which the NFC was only found in the Chinese model and was absent from the global version.
Blood oxygen monitoring
Again, taking the Amazfit Band 5 as an example, it seems very likely that Xiaomi will add the feature that made the news in 2020: blood oxygen monitoring.
This will not only keep the new model in line with its competition, but since oxygen in the blood is linked to respiratory problems, which in turn is a key symptom of the coronavirus, it would be something that could be of benefit. great help for those they control. your health.
While this was initially considered one of the less likely additions to the Mi Band this year, it looks like GPS will be part of the recipe that makes up the Mi Band 6.
The text found in the aforementioned app resources refers to GPS connection loss notices, presumably the messages the user would see on the Mi Band, if the GPS lock was lost.
There is also apparent support for A-GPS – as in previous generations – allowing the Mi Band 6 to fall back on the phone’s GPS data if you lose connection or decide not to use its built-in GPS.
The benefit of adding GPS is the ability to follow the route without a phone while running or cycling, however, as other portable devices have shown, GPS has a significant impact on lifespan. battery, so it will be up to Xiaomi to balance the new features of the Mi Band 6 without compromising its compact design or battery longevity.
New user interface
Screenshots of an updated user experience, designed to accommodate new features like Alexa, and portray a different visual language, were shared via Logger.fr.
Based on what has been discovered so far, new iconography, emoji support, and new animations will be incorporated.
A list of 19 additional tracking modes is also referenced in Zepp app resources, which are as follows
- Indoor fitness
- Indoor ice skating
- Abdominal training
- Step by step
- street dance
- Table tennis
- Kick boxing
Sleep tracking data will be visible on the device, rather than having to dive into the Band companion app on your smartphone to view it, and there appears to be a new Pomodoro timer as well (a 25-minute timer, designed to help the user focus on a task, with a five minute break at the end).
To see what the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 will do, read our roundup of the best fitness bracelets.