Xiaomi Mi Band 3, Mi VR Standalone Headset, 75-Inch Mi TV 4 launched
Xiaomi’s Mi 8 launch event that took curtains off the company’s next flagship brought alongside some goodies on Monday.
Apart from the flagship Mi 8 devices, Xiaomi revealed MIUI 10, Mi TV4, Mi VR headset, and a Mi Band 3 fitness tracker. Although the most exciting of all is the high-end device that is supposed to keep the company in the flagship race for the year, other devices in the portfolio are greatly welcome.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3:
The new Mi Band 3 costs 169 Yuan in China, which translated to roughly $26 or Rs. 1700. The Mi Band 3 is the successor to the Mi Band 2 and comes at an almost similar price.
Measuring at 0.78, its rounded screen comes with an OLED panel and has a resolution of 120 x 80. In comparison to the last year’s Mi Band 2, its battery capacity is increased to 110 mAh from 70 mAh.
Mi Band 3 also supports call and App notifications, motion tracking. Besides, it can measure heart rate, sleep pattern, steps count using in-built sensors. The heart rate monitoring feature is new and was absent on the previous iteration.
According to Xiaomi, its battery has enough juice to serve up to 20 days on a single charge. Furthermore, the Mi Band 3 is rated as water resistant for 5 ATM, that is nearly 50 meters in water.
Another version of the fitness tracker comes with NFC connectivity will be up for sale for a price of 199 yuan, roughly $31 (or Rs. 2100). Availability of the Xiaomi Band is limited to China at first and is available in 3 colors: Black, blue and Red.
The Mi Band 2 is quite popular in India and we expect the Mi Band 3 also to sell well in the country when Xiaomi launches it.
Mi VR Headset:
The new VR headset “Mi VR Standalone” is a self-powered VR device that you can use watching VR videos and playing games. Xiaomi has co-developed the VR headset along with Oculus and it is similar to the Oculus Go.
To begin with, it comes with a 2600mAh battery, intuitive controller, and wireless capabilities. You can use the controller to draw in virtual reality and even play an action game. Sporting a 3.5mm audio jack, spatial audio drivers, and integrated speakers, it offers an immersive experience.
Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor along with the Adreno 530 GPU to ensure smoother graphics. Further, it comes with support for VR applications that are available on the Oculus VR Store.
Furthermore, it comes with support for VR Youku, Aismik Ace and more than 1000 games from Oculus.
Mi VR headset costs 1499 Yuan or roughly Rs. 15,500 for the 32 GB variant, whereas the 64GB variant is available for 1799 Yuan or Rs. 19,000. Availability of the either of the variants in markets other than China is unknown.
On the side note, the Oculus VR Go costs roughly Rs. 13,700 and competes with the Xiaomi VR headset.
Xiaomi Mi TV4:
Largest of all the devices Xiaomi now has in its lineup is the new Mi 74-inch Mi TV 4. This latest LED offering from Xiaomi is capable of supporting 4K HDR videos and has Xiao AI voice assistant. The Mi TV4 comes with 4K Ultra HD Resolution (3840*2160) with 60 Hz refresh rate and Dolby Audio/DTS with Dual 8 Watt Speakers.
At just 11.4 mm thin, Mi TV 4 will come with 32GB inbuilt memory, 2GB RAM, and the Amlogic Quad-Core Processor with 1.8 GHz clock speed and Mali-T830 GPU/
Furthermore, there are 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, S/PDFI, Ethernet port and an AV port. It includes basic connectivity options such as WiFi and Bluetooth.
Also, it comes with the Patchwall UI customized for the Chinese market currently, but Xiaomi will launch it in India with native customizations.
Mi TV 4 is available in black color only and at a price of CNY 8,999 or Rs. 95,000. Just like many other Xiaomi products, availability of Mi TV 4 in global markets, including one of its biggest markets, India, remains unclear at the moment.
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