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Xiaomi Unveils its First Wearable, And It Only Costs $13

Xiaomi unveiled its latest flagship smartphone this morning, but the company had “one more thing” to show off. Alongside the metal Mi4, the Chinese phone-maker unveiled its first wearable device, a fitness tracking wristband priced at just CN¥79 (roughly $13).

The Mi Band works similarly to popular devices from FitBit or Jawbone, tracking your daily exercise while also monitoring your sleep patterns at night. The new wristband also serves as a “smart alarm” clock, waiting until the right moment in your sleep cycle to wake you up. The design itself is nothing too impressive, but it offers a 30-day battery, is resistant against water and has interchangeable bands ranging form plastic to leather.

It looks like Xiaomi also took some inspiration from Android Wear. Google’s new smartwatches automatically unlock the owner’s smartphone when in range, eliminating the need to type in a password. The Mi Band does the same thing, though only with other Mi smartphones. CEO Lei Jun says the wristband could also become a sort of digital key down the line used to unlock your front door or even switch on home appliances.

The company didn’t say when the Mi Band will hit the market, though it seems likely it could launch alongside the Mi4 starting on July 29 in China. Xiaomi hasn’t said whether it’s planning an international launch for the device.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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