Xiaomi is taking the wearable market by storm. One quarter of all wearables sold to date have come from this one company, with the Mi Band one of their most popular products. And how have they managed this? Well they're really, really, really cheap!
The Mi Band is a simple but fairly effective fitness tracker from the Chinese company which costst just around a tenner, and it has gone down brilliantly with customers, especially in its native country. Now the company has announced the Mi Band Pulse which also includes a heart-rate monitor. And how much will you pay for this extra advanced hardware which uses light to see how your ticker is doing? Well the whole unit costs just $16!
Xiaomi has even updated the bracelet to make it more robust with better materials and a stronger buckle. They're rating the battery life at around 20 days on a single charge, which sounds really good for a wearable. It doesn't have many advanced features but will collect plenty of date on how active you've been throughout the day and relay it back to your smartphone app. And it does all this for not much more than a tenner, a fraction of the cost of products from every other company out there.
The Mi Band Pulse is set to go on sale in China on the 11th of November 2015 and while there's no international release date yet the previous products from Xiaomi have arrived elsewhere after a few weeks.