Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Launched with IP68 Rating, Improved Battery Life and NFC Support

On: May 31, 2018

Xiaomi, the popular Chinese brand known to launch high value for money electronics has finally launched an updated version of its fitness tracker, called as Mi Band 3. The new fitness tracker has been released two years after the second iteration was made official. The new Mi Band 3 brings some subtle improvements to enhance the overall user experience.

Xiaomi also launched the Mi 8, the Mi 8 SE and an explorer edition alongside the Mi Band 3.

Similar to the Mi Band 2, the new Mi Band also sports a 0.78-inch OLED display. In addition to that, it now has a 2.5D glass curvature, which makes the overall experience more pleasant. The display resolution is now 128 x 80 pixels. The display is now capable of displaying more information than it could with the Mi Band 2.

On the hardware front, the new fitness tracker can connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth 4.2. This is a low power Bluetooth technology that helps in saving both the band’s as well as the smartphone’s battery.  Speaking about the battery, the Mi Band 3 is fit with a 110 mAh unit which the company claims should last up to 20 days on a single charge.

As far as connectivity is concerned, Xiaomi has added another nifty feature in the form of NFC. This allows wireless payments can now be completed through the band itself. This, however, is not so common in India yet.

Similar to its other siblings, the Mi Band 3 will also have interchangeable straps which you can mix and match as per your style. The Mi Band 3 has been priced at CNY169 which is approximately around $31 (~Rs. 2,100).

Xiaomi has an event scheduled on the 7th of June in India when the company is expected to launch the Redmi S2 (or the Redmi Y2). The Mi Band 2 is likely to be launched alongside in India.