+ Monday November 18th, 2019

Xiaomi’s Mi Band fitness tracker series has a reputation for quality hardware and features at a great price. Now, the much-anticipated fourth generation is almost here with a launch expected tomorrow.

To say there’s merely interest in Mi Band as a product range is understating it. Even before Xiaomi products became officially available here, we’ve seen multiple generations of the band prove popular with Australians buying them on import either directly or through local and international online retailers.

Over the weekend, Xiaomi’s founder and CEO Lei Jun teased this week’s launch on Weibo, posting a promotional image and confirming a few details about the product.

He revealed that the screen is now about 40% larger than the previous Mi Band 3 and is capable of displaying around 16,000 colours, and the band now cones in multiple colours – Android Authority pins them as orange, blue, beige, black, and burgundy and who are we to argue?

Since the reveal, a pre-order for the device has gone up AliExpress seller “Xiaomi Huawei Online Store” (we’re not sure those two brands really want to share a shop title, though) fronted by a “Mr Carl” with a little more information on the capabilities of the device.

There’s a 135mAh battery in the watch, and it’s packing Bluetooth 5 according to the listing title. Activities listed for tracking are
Cycling, Free training, Runniny, Treadmill, and of course the classic favorites Walking and Sleeping. The device is listed as waterproof but there’s a question over Swim tracking for some reason.

It looks like there’ll be some kind of photo gallery support for that colour screen, music controls, remote camera control, event reminders and of course notification transport from your phone to the watch.

IndiaShopps notes that there’s two models of Mi Band 4 XMSH07HM and XMSH08HM, with the 08M model carrying NFC. The AliExpress listing identifies its model as 07M and says it’s the mainland China version.

As for price, it looks like the 07M model will be about US$50 (it’s about AU$72 shipped for free). We can expect the 08M version to cost a little more but it might also mean support for NFC payment services like Google Pay. We’ll know more details following the Mi Band 4’s launch, anticipated tomorrow afternoon in China.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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Nice. I’m rocking some old pebbles that I keep picking up for similar money to this. These things will be better trackers but I wonder if they can display notifications? They look sturdy enough. The pebble is very handy for controlling music too…

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