Xiaomi confirms the May 24 launch of its Mi Band 7 fitness tracker

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Xiaomi has made a name for itself with its ultra-affordable yet feature-packed fitness bands. Now that the date of the annual update is approaching, we are eagerly awaiting what the Chinese giant could have in store for us for its next iteration.

We’ve rounded up the rumours, leaks and confirmed details, along with a few items on our own wishlist for the new device.

When will the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 be released?

May 20, Xiaomi taken from chinese social media platform Weibo to confirm the existence of the Mi Band 7, teasing some key details and promising a launch date of May 24alongside the Redmi Note 11T series, with a commercial release in June.

Traditionally, Xiaomi tends to release its fitness trackers in the summer. Most of the latest releases arrived in China in June and then made their way to global markets in July, with the notable exception of the Mi Band 6, which was released in early April in China, launching worldwide a few weeks later. This was followed by the Mi Smart Band 6 NFC, which was made available worldwide in September 2021.

It is assumed that the Mi Band 7 will make its way to more international markets a month later, in June.

How much will the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 cost?

Pricing has always been aggressive on the Mi Smart Band/Mi Band range, with Xiaomi keeping costs low for customers.

The Mi Smart Band 6 came in at £39.99 / €44.99 / US$42.30, which was slightly more than previous models. These were priced as follows:

  • Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 3: £19.99/€24.99/$19.99
  • Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4: £34.99/€39.99/$34.99
  • Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5: £39.99/€44.99/$39.99

We don’t expect Xiaomi to stray too far from this model with the Mi Band 7, so it should hopefully cost less than the £50/€50/$50 mark.

What new features should we expect with the Xiaomi Mi Band 7?

Although Xiaomi has done a good job so far of keeping rumors and leaks about the upcoming Mi Band 7 to a minimum, there are still a few things that have emerged that give a glimpse of what this new tracker brings to the table.

New design with larger screen

According to its May 20 teaser (see below), we now know what the Mi Band 7 looks like and sports a familiar pill-shaped AMOLED display that’s 25% larger than its predecessor, measuring 1 .62 inches.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Press Images |  Source: Xiaomi via Weibo


Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Press Images | Source: Xiaomi via Weibo

One of the big questions this raises, however, is how that extra display will impact battery life – one of the biggest strengths of the Mi Band series.

NFC included

With the Mi Band 6 available in both NFC and non-NFC versions (with a price difference of around £10/€10/$10), it would make sense to adapt NFC to all Mi Band 7s to simplify the range.

NFC is now an essential part of a wearable device, as it allows you to pay for items using services such as Google Pay (market dependent) without the need for a smartphone or having to search for your wallet. Need a bottle of water after your run? Tap the putative Mi Band 7 on the contactless payment point and you’re hydrated again.

We’d be surprised if Xiaomi continues to offer two models, as it makes more sense from a production perspective to have a standalone device that includes NFC as standard.

GPS

This is an outside bet, as adding GPS capabilities to a device like the Mi Band 7 would likely increase the price too much (and kill battery longevity at the same time). But, if a Band 7 Pro were to become a reality, perhaps GPS could be included. Very speculative of course, but it would be interesting to see a standard and Pro range for the Mi Band 7 range.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for Xiaomi to launch the Mi Band 7 internationally, so be sure to check back regularly as we continue to update this article with the latest news and rumours.

In the meantime, you can find our recommendations for the best fitness trackers, to see what the competition has to offer. Alternatively, take a look at the best smart watches to buy right away.



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