Xiaomi has finally unveiled the highly anticipated Mi Smart Band 8 in China, which comes with minor physical upgrades but significant improvements under the hood. The device is expected to make its global debut soon, but details on the international release date and pricing remain unclear.
The Mi Band 8 sports a 1.62-inch, 192 x 490-pixel AMOLED always-on display with an increased 60Hz refresh rate and improved brightness. Although the screen resolution and size remain the same as its predecessor, the Mi Band 7, the latest iteration boasts a more extended battery life of 16 days, up from the previous 14 days. With the always-on display, the battery life is estimated to last 6 days.
A notable change in the design is the new strap style that directly clips into the module, giving the device a more modern and attractive appearance. Xiaomi has also expanded the variety of strap choices, elevating the design and offering a broader range of options for users.
The Mi Band 8 continues to offer fitness tracking essentials such as continuous blood oxygen monitoring, low SpO2 alerts, all-day heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, and stress monitoring. The device also features improved accelerometer sensors, which can be used in conjunction with the Mi Fitness app for personalized fitness courses based on movement data.
The base model of the Mi Band 8 is priced at CNY 249 (around $35), while the NFC version retails for CNY 299 ($43). The international version may have slight differences, such as lacking NFC support or a voice assistant. A Pro variant of the Mi Band 8 is also expected, following the trend set by the Mi Band 7 last year.
As Xiaomi continues to enhance its popular fitness tracker, users can look forward to more advanced features and improved design, all at an affordable price.