Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse fitness tracker with a heart rate sensor


Xiaomi has announced the launch of the Mi Band Pulse — the company’s second generation wearable fitness tracker. The tracker comes with an optical heart rate sensor, retaining a design that’s similar to its predecessor.

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The Mi Band 1S measures 37×13.6×9.9mm (so a tad larger than the Mi Band) and also weighs half a gram more than the Mi Band. It is also IP67 certified, so the band should be able to withstand dust and water to an extent.

The Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse shares the $15 (99 Yuan) asking price as the first-gen model, making it one of the most affordable fitness trackers available today. The addition of the heart rate sensor means that it now offers a more comprehensive activity tracking solution, which includes steps tracking, calorie intake and quality of sleep.

The company has retained the same 45mAh battery as its predecessor and promises 30-day battery life on a single charge. Considering the band now also comes equipped with a heart-rate sensor, that’s an interesting feat if it manages to deliver it.

The fitness tracker connects to any Android handset running Android 4.4 KitKat and above through Bluetooth 4.0 LE, with Xiaomi’s Mi Fit app syncing health and fitness data from the band. As for the battery, the Mi Band Pulse offers a 45mAh variant that the manufacturer claims will last for twenty days on a full charge.

The original measured 36 x 14 x 9mm; the new tale of the tape is 37 x 13.6 x 9.9mm. It’s only half a gram heavier though, weighing in at 13.5g. The trackers such as the Fitbit Charge HR and the Microsoft Band 2 offer bpm tracking on the fly but, until now, there wasn’t really a budget option.