The wearable and tracker market in India has been growing like never before in the last one year. Smartwatches have made way for smart trackers, and with inexpensive products from players such as Xiaomi and Yu, more and more consumers are hopping on to the tracker bandwagon.
Xiaomi was the pioneer as far as the ‘cheap wearable’ movement was concerned, with the launch of their Mi band an overwhelming success. Priced at under Rs.1000, it offered great features for the price and was the perfect first tracker for many wearable and fitness enthusiasts out there.
Come November 2015, and Xiaomi is ready to launch the next avatar of its Mi band. Called the Mi Band 1S, it comes with the same design language as its predecessor, but with an added functionality of a heart rate sensor included.
Considering the spec sheet, the Mi Band 1S might be called as the first complete tracking wearable from the Chinese supercorp. Including the features of activity detection and sleep tracking that was there in the first version, the Mi Band 1S also comes with an inbuilt heart rate sensor.
It also retains the feature of the original Mi Band such as the three LED notification lights, vibration feature, IP67 certification and smart unlock for Mi phones and other phones with Android 5.0 and above.
The heart rate sensor is the new addition here, and to house it the company had to make some compromise with the design. The capsule like design is still there, but the tracking chip is now slightly thicker, with dimensions of 37x136x9.9 mm. This also increases the weight of the tracker by about half a gram more than its predecessor, but I am sure that this would be a negligible sacrifice when the features being offered are considered.
The battery life on the original Mi Band was heralded as a true breakthrough, with trackers going for as long as 45-60 days on a single charge. The same 45 mAh battery is incorporated in the Mi Band 1S as well, and it promises to offer a minimum of 30 days of juice, which might vary according to the frequency with which the heart rate sensor is used.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
As of now, the Mi Band 1S has been launched only in China, at a price of CNY99, which roughly translates to about Rs. 1050/-. It will be going on sale on November 11th in China.
Regarding the pricing and availability in India, there hasn’t been any official word from Xiaomi yet, but enthusiasts can expect the tracker to head to Indian shores very soon!