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Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro launched: Blurring the line between tracker and watch
- Xiaomi has announced the Smart Band 8 Pro fitness tracker.
- The new wearable brings a bigger screen and battery.
- Expect to pay a starting price of ~$55) in China.
Now, the manufacturer has announced the Smart Band 8 Pro, picking up where last year’s Smart Band 7 Pro left off. You’re looking at a similar design here, albeit with a slightly larger OLED screen (1.74 inches versus 1.64 inches). You also still have a metal-coated frame, 5ATM rating, and quick-release straps on the new model.
Xiaomi has brought some new features to the table to make use of the larger display, such as a variety of widgets (e.g. tracking, payments, media playback), an improved UI, and new watch faces and wallpapers.
The Smart Band 8 Pro also brings a larger battery (289mAh versus 235mAh). Xiaomi claims that the new tracker can therefore last for up to two weeks, or up to six days with the always-on display enabled.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a fitness tracker without health and fitness features. Fortunately, the new wearable brings features like integrated GPS, over 150 sports modes, the ability to view a replay of your activity overlaid onto a map (e.g. a run), warmup and stretching guidance, and more.
Other notable features include heart rate tracking, SpO2 monitoring, sleep/stress tracking, NFC, and smartphone integration.
Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro pricing and availability
The new Xiaomi wearable is available in China for 399 yuan (~$55), while the model with a leather strap will set you back 449 yuan (~$62).
The company didn’t mention global availability for the Smart Band 8 Pro. In saying so, the Band 7 Pro took four months to reach global markets after the Chinese launch. So we might be in for a long wait if it is indeed launching outside China. However, the vanilla Smart Band 8 is already widely available if you like the idea of a cheap fitness tracker.