A new report alleges that Xiaomi is all set to launch its first smartwatch and the next-generation Mi Band 2 within the current quarter. Rumors about a smart wearable have been around for quite some time now, but this piece of information could be the real deal since it comes right from an official source.
Xiaomi doesn’t actually manufacture the Mi Band, instead relying upon partner company Huami to produce units for it. The latter’s CEO Wang recently conducted an interview where he confirmed that a smartwatch and the Mi Band 2 would be making an appearance within the next 2 months of Q2 2016.
The upcoming Mi Band 2 might not even be called that, with Wang claiming that Xiaomi plans to ditch the ‘Mi’ moniker and call it just the Band 2. If true, it would be a strange decision on the company’s part given the fact that all its products bear that brand name.
This Band 2 may further come with a tiny display to show more information, cutting down on a user’s reliance on their smartphone. The addition of a screen will come at price though, as the device is set to be costlier than previous generations. To compare, the Mi Band 1S retails for CNY 99 (approx $16 or Rs 1017) in China.
As for the Xiaomi Smartwatch, Wang claims the wearable will feature a bigger display than the Band 2 and focus on one particular function. Unfortunately, he didn’t give away what this tool could be. It’ll likely be something health-related and may even help set it apart from other players in the industry.
Stay tuned for more details on the Xiaomi Smartwatch and Mi Band 2 as they pour in.