Some Chinese netizen brightened the teaser image to better visualize the new band’s appearance. Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi, was probably wearing this new band in the photo accidentally captured during the launch event for Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming phone.
Although the overall design style is not drastically different from other fitness wearables, the Mi Band 3 will be equipped with a larger OLED screen. A digital enthusiast from Sina Weibo revealed that the new band would support smart touchscreen, meaning users can switch between different functions with the slide of a finger.
The new Mi Band 3 is expected to support health functions such as heart rate sensor, step count, sleep pattern monitor as well as an updated capability of IP67 water-resistance rating.
A source also revealed that the Mi Band 3 will support Near Field Communication (NFC), which expands its potential use case. Currently, Xiaomi smartphone users can swipe the phone to pay for public transportation or bind it with electronic key cards to access doors. We expect these functions to be extended to the Mi Band 3 for user convenience.
According to the latest news, Mi Band 3 will be officially issued later this month.