Xiaomi’s next fitness band and a sequel to last year’s Mi Band is still very much on course. Dubbed the Xiaomi Mi Band 5, the fitness band was earlier rumored to be launching sometime in April, though we never got any official words confirming that. While there are also reports suggesting a possible June launch date, a report from Chinese social network Weibo confirms the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will indeed launch later this year.
Xiaomi’s Huami subsidiary gave the confirmation via a Weibo post when it released a statement dismissing reports that Xiaomi is cutting ties with the subsidiary. Other than the Mi Band 5, the brand also confirmed rumors of an upcoming Amazfit Aresv- a new addition to the Amazfit line that would see a 2020 release too.
A miniature of the upcoming Amazfit Ares earlier appeared in Huami application revealing a somewhat rugged design, with a square format and apparently quite robust in the face of any blow. Providing details about the image, the Xiaomi brand confirms that the leak was unintentional and that customers can expect the device to be officially released later this year.
Diving into details, it also revealed that the AmaZdfit Ares smartwatch would come featuring 70 different sports modes and a rugged-looking “urban outdoor” appearance. The leaked image suggests the Ares could be as rugged as the Amazfit T-Rex.
Speaking of the Xiaomi Mi band 5, reports have it that the fitness band could come flaunting a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, NFC support for contactless pay, while its asking price could come as low as 179 yuan (~$26). With that, the Mi Band 5 is tipped to come with a display about 0.95-inch larger than that of its predecessor, while the NFC support would be expanded to global variants.
So far, there isn’t much else we know about the follow up to the Mi Band 4, but we trust more leaks and revealing teasers will surface in the days ahead.