When it comes to affordable fitness bands, Xiaomi’s Mi Band lineup is often regarded as the best in the market.
The latest release in the series — the Mi Band 4— packed in a great selection of features, including continuous heart rate monitoring, at a very affordable price and it was quite well received.
Banking on its popularity, Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi has now also launched an entry-level fitness band, called the Redmi Band, at a recent Mi Home event in China.
Unlike the Mi band lineup, the new Redmi Band features a completely new design with a square dial that houses a 1.08-inch color display and a single capacitive button underneath.
Priced at CNY 99 (~$14), the entry-level fitness band offers features like heart rate monitoring, multiple sports modes for activity tracking, a sleep monitor, and a sedentary reminder, while boasting of a 14-day battery life on a single charge.
Being a budget-friendly fitness band, it skips on some of the more “premium” features found on the Mi Band lineup, like NFC for contactless payments, but it does offer a solution to the annoying charging situation associated with previous fitness bands from the company.