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The Redmi Band: a fitness tracker pitched even cheaper than the Mi Band in China

Redmi has launched its first wearable: a smart band quite like that of Realme's initial foray into this market. It will be only 99 yuan (~$US14) when it goes on sale in China - or even cheaper during a crowd-funding event to be held beforehand. By contrast, the Mi Band 4 is about $8 more in this country.

Redmi has announced its first-ever fitness tracker. Simply known as this brand's Band, it has a 1.08-inch color screen and comes with a choice of 72 watch faces on first boot. It has red, black, blue or green strap SKUs, each of which opens at one end to reveal a full-sized male USB for charging and syncing.

There is thus no fear of being short a charging cable with this Redmi Band: all the user needs is a free port on a laptop or other powered device. This super-minimal new wearable is aimed at a lower price-tier compared to its analogous Xiaomi-brand series. Its price has been set at 99 yuan (~$14) in its home market, whereas the Mi Band 4 is 159 yuan (~$22).

However, it will also have an crowd-funding event via Xiaomi Mall, in which it will have an even lower introductory price of 95 yuan (~$13). This campaign will kick off on April 9, 2020. The Redmi Band has been launched in conjunction with its parent company's 10th annual Mi Fan Festival (MFF). The event is also being marked with a special MFF Edition of the new Note 9S smartphone (an international version of the Note 9 Pro).


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04- 3 (Update: 2020-04- 4)