Xiaomi quietly unveils iHealth Box, again flaunts delayed Mi Band 2
While unsurprisingly choosing to put the spotlight on the remarkably affordable Mi Max upper mid-range phablet first and foremost at a Beijing press event earlier today, Xiaomi also took the wraps off its latest Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 OS, the iHealth Box, and Mi Band 2 fitness tracker.
Well, technically, the Mi Band 2 wasn’t properly announced and fully detailed during said keynote address, as an unexpectedly complicated manufacturing process pushed back the commercial release by a month or so.
That obviously didn’t stop CEO Lei Jun from prancing around on stage with the device strapped on his wrist, once again showing off the newly added screen, but omitting to confirm specifications or retail pricing.
Judging from a massive collection of just-leaked live pics, the activity tracker can’t possibly cost an arm and a leg, with a presumably low-res, frugal display in tow, relatively cheap build, and lengthy battery life.
There appears to be an optical heart rate monitor on deck, after the introduction of the feature to the low-cost product family on the Mi Band 1S, aka Pulse, last fall. Thus, you’ll be able to follow a number of health indicators on the new panel, plus steps taken, distance covered, and even speed. Oh, and you’ll easily check out the time and remaining battery capacity too.
As for the Xiaomi iHealth Box, despite what the name suggests, we don’t seem to be dealing with an HTC UA HealthBox-copying “connected fitness system.” Only a single weird-looking… box, with a 4.3-inch screen, Wi-Fi support, blood pressure and heart rate tracking functionality (hopefully, more reliable than the average), and CNY 400 ($61) price tag.