​Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Everything we know about the next-gen tracker

Updated: All the rumoured features and details about the new Mi Band

The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 fitness tracker will get a release this year. We know that because the company behind the wearable announced it would be in its most recent quarterly earnings call.

The budget fitness tracker has been a big seller for the company since its first iteration and now that it's more widely available, that doesn't look like changing anytime soon.

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So how will Xiaomi improve on the Mi Band 3 with its next generation tracker? We've been able to start pulling together a picture of what that new fitness tracker will be based on renders, alleged pictures and more details that have managed to leak out. Here's what we think we know about the Mi Band 4 and what it will be capable of.

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Mi Band 4: Design and screen

Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Everything we know about the next-gen tracker

Image credit: CNMO

It's fair to say that quite a lot has leaked out about the Mi Band 4. If it all proves reliable and accurate, then it looks like Xiaomi is ready to make some big changes. The most notable being a move from the usual monochrome display to one with a splash of color. The render above is said to be of the new Mi Band revealing that there's going to be a change up in the screen department, which will apparently require Xiaomi to beef up the battery nestled inside of the tracker moving from a 110mAh battery found in the Mi Band 3 to bigger 135mAh capacity one.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Everything we know about the next-gen tracker

Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Everything we know about the next-gen tracker

For our first proper look at the hardware, we have Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) to thank for that as it revealed close-up pictures (above) of the fitness tracker.

As we expected, it looks like it'll adopt the same band with tracker module combo and a touchscreen to navigate data screens. It'll probably stick with the option to switch up the bands too. Xiaomi introduced a waterproof design with the Mi Band 3, so we'd like to think it'll be safe for the pool once again.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Features

Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Everything we know about the next-gen tracker

So what about those Mi Band 4 features? Chief financial officer at Huami David Cui reaffirmed that each generation of the enduringly popular fitness tracker has introduced something new – and that would be the same with the Mi Band 4.

The tracker has already popped up for Bluetooth certification, revealing that there's set to be two versions of the Mi Band 4 – one with NFC support (XMSH08HM) and one without (XMSH07HM). Our biggest indication though of what to expect comes courtesy of alleged renders of the new Mi Band, which were posted by the folks at AndroidTR.es

The renders appear to highlight some of the key new features, including support for six sport modes that show running, treadmill running and cycling will be among those sports supported. Further renders also suggest that the Mi Band 4 will play nice with Xiaomi's Mi AI smart assistant, letting you control smart devices from the band. Another big feature looks set to be the ability to control music playback on your paired smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Everything we know about the next-gen tracker

A new pin lock feature looks set to be introduced too, to help protect your device if it goes walkies and someone tries to use it. Last up is an indication that NFC will be on board again, to use for payments and as a virtual access card. There was a special NFC edition of the Mi Band 3 which enabled these features, although that model was only available in China.


One thing those renders don't appear to point to is that the Mi Band 4 could potentially match the Apple Watch by including an ECG sensor. Huami has already put ECG tech inside of its Amazfit range of wearables, so this isn't new territory for the wearable maker. This would be the first time though that it would be found inside a super affordable device.

Mi Band 4: Price and release date

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 investigation: What we know about the next-gen fitness tracker

In that quarterly earnings call, David Cui was asked whether the Mi Band 4 was scheduled for a March or April release – and now we're into May, that's obviously not happening. His answer revealed that while we’re unlikely to see the new fitness tracker imminently, Xiaomi was planning when to drop its updated band.

"For Mi Band 4, it's going to be in this year. It will be in 2019. But I'm not sure, it's going to be in March and April. But it is going to be in this year," he said on the earnings call, transcribed by Motley Fool. The fact it has turned up at the Taiwan's National Communications Commission is a strong indication that a launch is near.

It seems the success of the Mi Band 3 will dictate when the Mi Band 4 is released:

“Right now, Mi Band 3 is still hot sale – is still – so really, really well. The margin is not shrinking, the shipments are not shrinking. So we will pick – work with Xiaomi to pick the right time to launch Mi Band 4 in the year,” said Cui.

As far as price is concerned, Cui said that as with all previous Mi Band updates, the fourth generation would bring new features while honouring the low price of its predecessors. So it looks like we can look forward to a cutting-edge fitness tracker that keeps that price tag reasonable.

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