1. Global release date and price
  2. Xiaomi Smart Band 8 key specs
  3. Health tracking metrics
  4. New style and better battery life
  5. New running smarts

Xiaomi Mi Band 8 global edition: Price, features and release date

Everything you need to know
Xiaomi Mi Band 8
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Update: The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 8 review is now live

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 8 has finally been released globally – as was unveiled by Xiaomi alongside the all-new Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro.

The Mi Band 8 Global Edition brings minimal physical upgrades over its predecessor, but some significant improvements under the hood.

The budget fitness tracker range has been a colossal hit since 2014, with strong features and a low price, in comparison to the likes of the Fitbit Charge 5 and Inspire 3.

Here's everything you need to know.

Global release date and price

The Xiaomi Mi Band 8 has a £39.99/€49.99 price tag, so it's had a small price cut from the Mi Band 7. There's no official US price, but we're sure it will land at around $50 soon.

It's available from the official Xiaomi store, and you'll find it at other retailers too, including Amazon.

The company also released the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Active, which boasts an LCD display and 14-day battery life, and retails for just £19.99.

Xiaomi Smart Band 8 key specs

> Our guide to the best fitness trackers.

Mi Band 8Mi Band 7
192 x 490
600 nit
60 Hz
1.62 inch
192 x 490 AMOLED
500 nit
SensorsPPG HR
SpO2 (blood oxygen)

6-axis motion
PPG heart rate
SpO2 (blood oxygen)
3-axis accelerometer
3-axis gyroscope
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1 LEBluetooth 5.2 LE
Battery190 mAh
16 days standard
6 day with AOD
180 mAh
14 days battery life
Water resistance5ATM (50m)5ATM (50m)
Dimensions48 x 22.5 x 10.99mm46.5 x 20.7 x 12.25mm

Read our full Xiaomi Mi Band 8 vs Mi Band 7 comparison guide.

Health tracking metrics

The Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is equipped with Xiaomi's SpO2 and heart rate monitoring and sleep monitoring.

It also includes blood pressure monitoring, according to Xiaomi. We'll be testing this out as well, and discovering the extent to which the Mi VBand 8 will keep tabs on your blood pressure.

There's also female menstrual cycle recording and prediction – although not the biometrically smart systems we've seen from Samsung, Apple and Huawei.

New style and better battery life

XiaomiMi Band 8 strap

The Mi Band 8 still offers a 1.62-inch, 192 x 490-pixel AMOLED always-on display, which was introduced on the previous generation.

While the screen resolution or size hasn’t changed, it is brighter and has been treated to a larger 60Hz refresh rate.

Battery life has also been beefed up, and the Mi Band 8 is quoted as lasting 16 days between charges, and 6 days if you use the always-on display. That’s up from 14 days on the Mi Band 7.

As we reported from early rumors, Xiaomi has changed the straps, which now clip into the module directly – which looks far more modern and attractive.

And Xiaomi has focused on increasing the number of strap choices. By and large, Mi Bands have been left with charmless, rubber bands that hold the module in place. The new straps certainly elevate the design, and give the impression of a design change.

New running smarts

XiaomiMi Band 8 Pebble mode

The Mi Band 8 has over 100 sports modes built in, but there's a bigger focus on running this time around. While it doesn't have a built-in GPS, the Mi Band 8 can track running workouts from the foot.

Xiaomi has also doubled down on the Mi Band’s ability to clip onto clothing and still track movement, which it calls "Pebble Mode."

When clipped to the laces of the shoe it will track metrics from running shoes – however, the extent of this data and insights is unclear and something we'll be putting to the test in our forthcoming review.

Xiaomi is getting deeper into the insights game, however, and the Mi Band 8 will use its improved accelerometer sensor to plug into fitness courses in the Mi Fitness app, which are based on movement.

We hope this rolls out to an international audience, and we’re excited to see what kind of insights it could provide.

How we test

James Stables


James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.

He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and T3.com and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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