Xiaomi makes great strides with Mi Band 3

It’s been two years since one of our best-selling products, Mi Band 2, entered the smart fitness band market. Since its launch, our Mi Band 2 has ranked among the top three wearable devices in the world with more than 15.7 million units sold in 2017, according to a report from IDC.

Last week its highly anticipated successor, Mi Band 3, was unveiled during our annual launch event. While still offering comprehensive monitoring functions at an attractive price, Mi Band 3 is packed with new and exciting features. So how does it differ from the previous model? Let’s start with its design and appearance.

Mi Band 3 (left) vs Mi Band 2 (right)

Sporty Yet Elegant

Like its predecessors, Mi Band 3 sports a minimalist design. Featuring an elegantly rounded 0.78-inch unibody display panel with an embedded button and glossy finish. Mi Band 2 however, sports a flat design with a smaller 0.42-inch screen and an aluminum-finish physical button located below the display. Mi Band 3’s elastomer wristband is made with hypoallergenic materials which feel soft and comfortable to the skin. Its inner lining where the main body is mounted to the band has been redesigned, wrapping around the body more tightly to secure it from falling out of the wristband.

Displaying text message content from the phone

Improved Display and Alerts

Mi Band 3 uses a 0.78-inch OLED display which offers 128×80 resolution with up to 193 PPI pixel density, much larger than Mi Band 2’s 0.42-inch screen. This allows Mi Band 3 to display more information than ever before. In fact, its touchscreen display can feature alerts and notifications from your phone with up to 26 Chinese characters on one screen. Mi Band 3 even supports syncing alerts from other apps installed on your phone. Its built-in alert function works independently, meaning you’ll never miss an alert even if your phone is turned off.

One touch to mute/hang up phone calls

Mi Band 3 has a lot more to offer when it comes to displaying content on your wrist. With just a few swipes on the touchscreen, you can check up to three days of weather forecast, start or stop a stopwatch, mute or hang up unwanted calls, and even find your lost phone – very handy if you’re always forgetting where you put it!

Can submerge up to 50m deep in waters

Real-time Sports Data and 5 ATM Water Resistance

Much like Mi Band 2, Mi Band 3 has all the basic fitness functions, including counting steps, monitoring runs, measuring heart-rate and recording sleep patterns. Adding on to these, Mi Band 3 now provides real-time sport data. A dedicated sport interface is activated when you begin a workout on the Mi Fit app, allowing you to view your real-time workout stats by simply glancing at the touchscreen display. For even better fitness results, you can set exercise targets and Mi Band 3 will notify you once you have reached your goal. The updated pedometer algorithm yields even more accurate readings than ever before.

Likely the most highly anticipated feature of Mi Band 3 is its 5 ATM water resistance, a huge upgrade from the previous IP67 water resistance (splash or shower-proof). Now, users can swim with their Mi Band 3 up to a depth of 50m. Great news for swimmers and surfers!

 Key Specs Comparison Chart

Mi Band 3 Mi Band 2
Sensor Size 17.9 x 46.9 x 12mm 15.7 x 40.3 x 10.5mm
Display Size 0.78-inch OLED

touchscreen display

0.42-inch OLED display
Display Resolution 128 x 80 72 x 40
Sensors Tri-axial accelerometer,

PPG heart rate sensor

Tri-axial accelerometer,

PPG heart rate sensor

Water Resistance 5ATM (up to 50m) IP67 (splash resistance)
Battery Capacity 110mAh 70mAh
Input Current 45mA (typ) 65mA (max) 250mA max
Standby Time* 20 days 20 days
Band Material Thermoplastic elastomer, aluminum alloy Thermoplastic elastomer, aluminum alloy
Compatibility Bluetooth 4.2 BLE Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
Phone Unlock Yes, supports any device

running Android 5.0 and above with Bluetooth 4.0, or any device with Smart Lock

Yes, supports any device running Android 5.0 and above with Bluetooth 4.0
Price RMB 169 RMB 149

*Actual usage may vary depending on environment, frequency of use, and other factors.

NFC version for easy payment, available later

With its large OLED touchscreen, improved display and notifications, 50m water resistance, highly customizable interface and more, Mi Band 3 offers an extensive range of functions at the honest price of RMB 169. An NFC version of the band will be available in China at a later date, allowing for easy wireless payment.

With this latest addition to the Mi Band series, Xiaomi believes Mi Band 3 will continue to remain one of the most popular smart wearables in the world.

[News] Xiaomi launches Redmi Y2 and MIUI 10 in India

Redmi Y2 boasts a 16MP selfie camera powered by Xiaomi’s latest AI Beautify

MIUI 10 launches globally in India, designed for an immersive full screen display experience 

NEW DELHI, India, 7 June, 2018 — Xiaomi, India’s number 1 smartphone brand, today announced Redmi Y2 in India, a new iteration of the Y series that is designed for the young at heart with its exceptional selfie experience. It also announced MIUI 10, the latest update to its operating software which is built for a more immersive full screen experience.

Touted as the best Redmi phone for selfies, Redmi Y2 sports an AI-powered 16MP front camera powered by pixel binning technique and Xiaomi’s own AI Beautify features. With a starting price of ₹9,999, Redmi Y2 also comes with a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera. It has a 5.99-inch 18:9 Full Screen Display and is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform.

“I believe the key reason for the growth which Xiaomi has witnessed is our belief of building innovative products keeping the customer at the heart of everything. Last year, we saw a need for a device which could relate to the young at heart, and were looking for a device for self-projection. Redmi Y1 was the answer to that gap in the market. In a short span of 6 months, Redmi Y1 became the bestselling selfie phone in the country. It was found that 57% of the user base of the Redmi Y series was under the age of 24, the highest any Xiaomi device has witnessed – which is a proof point of the success of our Y series,” said Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

The best Redmi for selfies

The 16MP front camera on Redmi Y2 is able to capture fine details in daylight and produces high-resolution images. In low-light conditions, the sensor uses pixel binning technique to combine information from four pixels and create one large 2.0µm pixel. This greatly improves the resulting picture quality, producing clearer and brighter photos in low light with less noise. Another addition to its low-light repertoire is the Selfie-light, which produces a 4500K colour temperature making it easier to take selfies in low-light conditions.

When Auto HDR is enabled, the 16MP front camera automatically detects a back-light environment and applies the HDR effect. Selfie-light on Redmi Y2 mimics natural light, allowing catchlights in the eyes to be captured, which makes for great portrait photos. The camera also supports AI bokeh that effectively distinguishes the subject from the background, even correctly identifying elements such as hair accessories and popular hand gestures as being part of the subject.

AI dual camera for clear shots day and night 

Redmi Y2 sports a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera on its back. The 12MP primary sensor has 1.25µm large pixels, which results in brighter images in low light conditions. The 5MP secondary sensor is dedicated to acquiring depth information, producing photos with great bokeh effects.

In Portrait Mode, both the front and back cameras support AI Beautify. AI Beautify 4.0 is designed keeping in mind specific needs of users in India, and can detect elements such as makeup, beards, nose rings, etc. and keep them intact (besides popular selfie facial expressions). 

 

5.99” full screen with great ergonomics 

Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch 18:9 full screen display that allows users a large-screen experience while being ergonomic at the same time. Its metallic-finish back is symmetrically curved and gently tapered toward edges, achieving a great handfeel.

Redmi Y2 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform, which is based on the 14nm FinFET architecture for balanced performance and power consumption.

Face unlock out of the box, and more

Redmi Y2 features face unlock out of the box, in addition to having a fingerprint scanner. Keeping in mind specific needs of users, Redmi Y2 features a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion by up to 256GB. Users will also be able to control a lot of their home electronics with the included IR blaster using the Mi Remote app.

Availability and pricing 

Redmi Y2 comes in three colors: Gold, Rose gold and Dark grey. The 3GB + 32GB version will retail for ₹9,999, while the 4GB + 64GB version is priced at ₹12,999. A simple, elegant TPU case will be shipped in the box with every Redmi Y2.

Redmi Y2 goes on sale 12PM 12th June at Mi.com, Amazon.in and Mi Home stores across the country. It will also be available across offline partners at a later date.

Offers*:

  • ₹1800 instant cashback and up to 240GB data free with Airtel
  • Buyers that make the purchase on June 12 via ICICI credit or debit cards on Mi.com and Amazon.in will get an instant cashback of ₹500

Download images here: https://bit.ly/2HnnUz8

Key features of Redmi Y2:

  • 99-inch 18:9 display
    • 1440 × 720 resolution (HD+)
    • 450nit maximum brightness
  • 16MP front camera
    • Selfie-light (flash)
    • 8° wide-angle lens and 5-element lens
    • f/2.0 aperture
  • 12MP + 5MP rear camera
    • 25 micron pixel size
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625
    • Octa-core, up to 2.0GHz
    • Qualcomm Adreno™ 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM / 4GB + 64GB ROM
  • Dual SIM + dedicated microSD card slot expandable upto 256GB
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IR blaster
  • Face unlock
  • Dimensions: 160.7 × 77.2 × 8.1mm
  • 3080mAh high-capacity battery
  • MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1

MIUI 10: Designed for Full Screen Experience 

MIUI 10 is a breath of fresh air, uplifting the user experience with its upgrades in design, speed, AI and sound.

Responsive and fast

The 14 system optimisations make MIUI 10 even faster. Two more critical system optimisations have been added, namely Lock-free critical path and Codependent prioritizing, which improves the overall responsiveness of MIUI 10 by 10 percent.

Ergonomics at its best

With a series of easy-to-use full screen hand gestures without the virtual buttons, along with new features such as more content in the tiled taskbar and improved swiping gestures (up and down for switching tasks, sideways to end current task), users will be delighted at the increase in their multitasking efficiency.

Users will seamlessly be able to switch to Full screen gestures. Besides, MIUI 10 will provide a much more productive experience with a completely redesigned recent apps menu showing up to 5 apps in one screen.

Single-lens portrait photos

Users of MIUI 10-supported Xiaomi smartphones with single cameras will be delighted to know that MIUI 10 will bring its popular AI Portrait photos to these devices, which means users will be able to take portrait shots without having a dual-lens camera.

In a nutshell, portrait photos will be possible on both, single- and dual-rear camera phones running MIUI 10.

Rediscover the sounds of nature 

MIUI 10 brings with it a completely new system of sounds. From notifications, to audio feedback and ambient sounds from an app like the timer — MIUI 10 aims to deliver more signal than noise. MIUI is also designed in a way that will reduce the aural clutter.

Customized for India 

MIUI 10 has been customized keeping in mind its large user base in India. Subtle features like the camera app doubling up as a Paytm QR code scanner, a local service page in the in-built browser with full support for PWA (progressive web apps), and the content-rich libraries of Mi Music and Mi Video ensure a great, entertaining and an ergonomic experience. MIUI 10 adds a quick menu tab to all business messages, which allows users to explore more about the service with one tap.

MIUI 10 beta starts rolling out out mid-June onwards, and stable versions will start September.