CEO Lei Jun introduced that the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 has surpassed 1 million shipments globally. And remember that most of these are from China, since gross sales there began on April 2, however it solely went international just a few weeks later.
Even so, the Mi Band 3 hit the 1 million mark in 17 days, the Mi Band 4 obtained there even faster, simply 8 days. A budget-but-capable sensible bands have been waning in popularity, whereas Xiaomi’s “hearables” (i.e. extra superior wi-fi headphones) have been choosing up the slack. They helped the corporate safe its second place within the wearables market.
The Mi Bands first got here round in 2014 and have been fairly primary. The unique had solely three LEDs and didn’t actually have a coronary heart charge sensor. But Xiaomi managed to sell over 10 million in 9 months. It helped that they value solely CNY 80 a chunk (round $13), the present mannequin is triple that (extra in the event you get the NFC model, however that’s out there solely in China).
Xiaomi has despatched out promo containers to reviewers in China, which include all the foremost Mi Band fashions – from the very first one to the 6. This provides a pleasant retrospective of how far the bands have come. Right here’s what that field seems like. And earlier than you ask, it doesn’t appear to be one thing you should buy, it’s only a reviewer’s package deal.
All (main) Mi Band variations in a single field (image credit)
The unique band had three LED indicators and its principal features have been notifications and sleep monitoring, the Mi Band 1S added a coronary heart charge sensor. The second mannequin added a 0.42” OLED show, the third one enlarged it to 0.78” and launched the NFC model, then the fourth mannequin switched to a 0.95” colour OLED. The fifth one made it larger and simplified charging with a magnetic cable, the sixth (present) mannequin crammed the entrance with a pill-shaped 1.56” show.