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Xiaomi reveals Mi Band 5 launch date
- Xiaomi will launch the Mi Band 5 in China on June 11.
- It could soon launch globally as Mi Smart Band 5.
- Keeping with last year, the India launch could happen later in the year.
Xiaomi’s Mi Bands are extremely popular for being the cheap, feature-filled wearables that they are. The newest member in the series — the Mi Band 5 — has been anticipated for a while now and thanks to various rumors and leaks, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from it. Now, we also know its launch date.
Xiaomi has announced that the new Mi Band will go official on June 11 in China. Coincidentally, Xiaomi is also launching a Mi Notebook in India on the same date.
The Chinese launch of the Mi Band 5 is pretty much in line with that of the Mi Band 4 last year. Keeping that in mind, we can expect the new fitness tracker to have a similar launch timeframe for global markets as well. Last year, the Mi Band 4 launched globally just days after its China reveal. So it’s quite possible the Mi Band 5 will also release in UK and Europe soon after its June 11 unveiling.
It’s also likely that Xiaomi will rebrand the global version of the Mi Band 5 to Mi Smart Band 5, as was the case last year. It’s rumored that this international variant will lack NFC support for payments.
In the US though, consumers interested in buying the Mi Band 5 will most likely have to import the international model from Amazon. Meanwhile, Indian users might have to wait longer to get their hands on it. Last year, Xiaomi launched the Mi Band 4 in India in September and the company could very well have similar timelines this time around.
So what’s new with the upcoming Mi Band? The biggest physical change seems to be a larger 1.2-inch display compared to the Mi Band 4’s 0.95-inch screen. The band could also get some new features, such as new watch faces, a camera shutter key, blood oxygen level tracking, new exercise modes, and more. Looking for more details? Then check out all the Mi Band 5 rumors at the previous link.