Days after launching the Amazfit Bip and Stratos in India under its Huami sub-brand, Xiaomi has taken the wrappers off its Hey+ smart band in China. The new sports band packs in a handful of improvements over the Mi Band 3 that was announced earlier this year with a 20-day battery life and water resistance.
The Xiaomi Hey+ comes with a 0.78-inch capacitive colour OLED display with a resolution 80×128 pixels which smaller when compared to Mi Band 3’s 0.95-inch 282 ppi display. The smart band is designed for the sole purpose of sports and can track a wide range of activities including walking, running, cycling and swimming.
The watch pairs to your smartphone through a Bluetooth 4.2 LE connection which can be done across iOS and Android devices. When paired, the Hey+ will be able to display information regarding your caller ID on your smart band and can transfer workout-related information including heart rate tracking to your smartphone through the MiFit app.
The Hey+ comes with a PPG heart rate sensor and also an accelerometer for sleep monitoring. Unlike other smart bands, the Hey+ will employ support for NFC which will come as a convenience when making contactless payments on the go. Xiaomi says the included NFC chip will also serve as a transport card for users in China.
Users will be able to reject calls from right within the band and can swipe their way through 10 different calls and messages at once. The smart band comes with a 120mAh battery which Xiaomi claims will be able to keep the watch running for 18 days on a single charge. The Hey+ not only pairs to your smartphone but can also be used to access other Xiaomi Home devices which can be done through Xiaomi’s Mijia app.
The Xiaomi Hey+ will be available for an asking price of 229 yuan (approx. Rs 2,300) in China starting September 20. There’s no word whether the smart band will be released in other regions like India but we surely can’t rule out such a possibility since Xiaomi has announced its Huami product recently in India.