Xiaomi’s latest fitness band comes with a range of health-focused features. It is currently available to purchase via mi.com and Amazon India. Read our detailed review.
Product name: Mi Band 3
Key specifications: 0.78 inch OLED display, 110mAh battery, 3-axis accelerometer and PPG heart rate sensor, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, compatible with devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0 or higher
Price: RS 1,999
Xiaomi earlier this week introduced its next generation fitness band Mi Band 3 in India. Priced at RS 1,999, Mi Band 3 is a major upgrade over the predecessor in terms of design, features and overall specifications.
Unlike the HRX edition, Mi Band 3 has key fitness features like heart rate monitor without altering the battery life of the wearable.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band 3 has a capsule shaped 0.78-inch OLED display which is bigger and better than its predecessor, Mi Band 2. It still features the circular menu button but is less prominent, making the device more subtle. The Mi Band 3 strap is 247mm long and fits pretty easily on your wrist. Even for someone with a tiny hand like mine, I could still manage to fit it properly while the display took up my wrist completely.
We had the black colour Mi Band 3 which is also the only variant available now. It also comes in blue and orange colours which are definitely more attractive.
Xiaomi’s fitness bands have been catering to only one function, fitness. With the Mi Band 3, the company has introduced notification alerts, a feature I enjoyed using. Mi Band 3 is compatible with many apps for notifications including WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Gmail, and SMSes as well.
Getting app alerts on the Mi Band 3 can be a little confusing, and took me a while to come around too. On the profile section of the Mi Fit app, tap on Mi Band 3 and you will get a menu for different app permissions. Here, you can select apps that you wish to receive notifications on the Mi Band 3.
There was no delay in messages appearing on the Mi Band 3. It doesn’t show just the alerts but displays the full message as well. You can just swipe right to read the full text of your message. I could receive and read WhatsApp, Instagram messages, and reject calls as well. You can also check notifications on the Mi Band 3 and clear them once you’re done. Mi Band 3 uses Bluetooth v4.2 for connectivity, so note that both devices need to be within close distance.
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Other health-focused features on the Mi Band 3 include counting steps, calculating burned calories, and distance walked. It also tracks your sleep and you can set alarms to it. Mi Band 3 showed regular updates on all these categories. There’s also an exercise section for your workouts.
The Mi Band 3 is more than satisfactory in terms of performance. It’s like the perfect companion for your phone without burning a hole in your pocket. There are other alternatives from brands like Lenovo and GOQii. But if your pick is Xiaomi, then you should definitely go for the Mi Band 3.