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Mi Band 6 launch date confirmed and rumor roundup as Xiaomi teases display upgrade once expected for the Mi Band 5

The Mi Band 6/Mi Smart Band 6 has been teased featuring a larger display than the Mi Band 5. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
The Mi Band 6/Mi Smart Band 6 has been teased featuring a larger display than the Mi Band 5. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
Xiaomi has now confirmed that the Mi Band 6, which will be known as the Mi Smart Band 6 for the international market, will be launched on March 29. The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker has been teased in an official promo image that reveals the display type that was once expected for the popular Mi Band 5 predecessor.

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It was already widely rumored that Xiaomi would include the Mi Band 6/Mi Smart Band 6 in the list of products that make up the exciting itinerary of the March 29 Mega Launch event. The Chinese OEM has now confirmed that the fitness tracker will be part of the Mega Launch, with both the global Twitter account and a China Weibo account for Xiaomi spilling some of the beans about the Mi Band 6. While the English-language Twitter post threw out the tagline “now 6 is coming” but with no glimpse of the device (although the white cut-out shape sort of implies a full-screen display), the Chinese-language Weibo posts were a little more generous.

Underneath a slogan and date reveal, there is a good look at a portion of the top of the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, which is fitted with a bright orange wrist-strap. In fact, it seems likely the new smart bracelet will be offered in a wide range of colors as teased by Xiaomi product manager Abi Go, although her video utilizes the Mi Band 5. Beyond that, the display is teased, and it’s going to please all those Mi Band fans who craved more screen real estate. This was previously rumored for the Mi Band 5, with a series of faked images showing the predecessor with a full-screen AMOLED. It seems Xiaomi has implemented such a display with the real Mi Band 6 (but hopefully without the screen-ruining button of the fake Mi Band 5).

As for a roundup of the rest of the Mi Band 6 rumors, an SpO2 blood-oxygen level measurement sensor and Amazon Alexa assistant are expected to be onboard while there are hopes for built-in GPS and NFC payments for the international model. There have been murmurings that the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 might offer full integration with messenger services, and buyers can also expect the usual battery of useful fitness-related features. As for price, Xiaomi will have to consider the competitive nature of the smart band market, so a price tag of around US$40-50 could be expected.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 6. (Image source: Xiaomi Weibo)
Xiaomi Mi Band 6. (Image source: Xiaomi Weibo)
Mi Smart Band 6. (Image source: @Xiaomi)
Mi Smart Band 6. (Image source: @Xiaomi)
Fake Mi Band 5 with full screen. (Image source: /Leaks)
Fake Mi Band 5 with full screen. (Image source: /Leaks)
Real Mi Band 5 with cropped display. (Image source: Xiaomi community)
Real Mi Band 5 with cropped display. (Image source: Xiaomi community)

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Xiaomi smart band (Weibo - in Chinese) & @Xiaomi & @abigoabi

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-03-27 (Update: 2021-03-27)