Barely a week away from their official event, images for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Max phablet and Mi Band 2 have been leaked prior to its Beijing launch.
The Redmi Note 3 will go on sale next Wednesday in Malaysia along with its new mammoth sized power bank and an updated Mi Band fitness band. The new Mi 20,000mAh power bank is hitting their online store at only RM99 while its updated Mi Band Pulse with heart rate monitoring is going for just RM79.
UPDATE: Xiaomi 20,000mAh Power Bank and Mi Band Pulse official pricing revealed.
Apart from their new Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi Malaysia is bringing a couple of new accessories to our local market very soon. The first device as teased above is their new powerbank that packs a huge 20,000mAh capacity.
According to the latest IDC report, Apple has already sold 7.5 million Watches between April and October. You can’t deny that’s pretty impressive considering Samsung only sold over a million Gear smart watches for the whole of 2014. Even Android Wear has managed to ship 720,000 units, with Moto 360 leading the pack.
Despite the impressive figures for Apple, they are still not number 1 when it comes to wearable devices.
Adding an important puzzle piece of tech that wasn’t included in the older model; the Mi Band 1S now has an optical heart sensor. We’ve talked about the leaked photos showing the component underneath the device itself here, but since July no other news had come around. Well it took you long enough, Xiaomi.
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Okay, it doesn’t make your watch super futuristic gifting it a touchscreen display and dedicated on screen UI but this small disc can do (for the most part) everything a smartwatch does. In essence, Trivoly attaches itself underneath your regular watch, so nothing odd happens to your original timepiece – it does however, pack some great features in its small body.
Xiaomi is now five years old and they have prepared something special for is Mi Fans in Malaysia. On 8th April, the Mi Online store will be introducing a couple of new products, discounted bundles and extra promos at selected times.
The new products on the Malaysian Mi Store include:
*New* Mi Headphones – RM319
Redmi 2 (Dark Grey Colour) – RM449
Mi Power Bank 5000 mAh (Red Colour) – RM40
Mi LED Light (Blue/White Colour) – RM16
Mi Band Strap (Blue/Yellow Colour) – RM16
Mi Moo Cow Phone Stand (Blue Colour) – RM10
Teddy Mi Bunny 25cm (Brown/Pink Colour) – RM34
The new products will be available at 12PM and 8PM time slots.
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The report states that the Xiaomi smartwatch will sport a round dial and a brushed metal design, which doesn’t sound too much unlike the Moto 360. The watch is also said to offer pulse wave velocity identification which is a measure against arterial stiffness or the rate at which pressure waves move down the vessel. The Chinese company is also reportedly working on a successor to the Mi Band as well.
Details are quite sparse at the moment but given that it’s a Xiaomi device we can expect it to have a pretty affordable price-tag.
Xiaomi is currently holding a press conference in San Francisco to tell the US press that the brand is finally landing on it’s shores, but strangely isn’t bringing any of it’s phones to the US.
While they will be selling some of their products there, Global VP Huga Barra said that they intend to launch their Mi.com online marketplace in the US and potentially other markets this year, signalling that the company is more than ready to expand it’s reach. It’s confirmed that it won’t sell any phones at launch but other accessories and smart home items will be available; like the Mi Band, headphones and their ever popular Power Bank batteries to name a few.
Granted it seems counter productive to not have phones available for purchase right at launch, Barra said problems like hardware certification, software testing, infrastructure and other similar logistical barriers are the main reasons why they cannot bring in their tablets and smartphones just yet. Therefore they will just be bringing in their simpler products to help expand awareness for the Chinese brand; though Barra explicitly stated that a US phone launch is not in their plans at the moment.