Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is a sub-$50 fitness tracker with a blood oxygen sensor

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band (Image credit: Xiaomi)

What you need to know

  • Xiaomi's new Mi Band 6 is a hefty upgrade over last year's Mi Band 5.
  • It sports a 1.56-inch AMOLED display with over 60 watch faces and includes an SpO2 sensor for measuring blood oxygen levels.
  • The Mi Smart Band 6 is slated to go on sale in China starting early next month from 229 yuan ($35).

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, and Mi 11 Lite were not the only new products that Xiaomi introduced at its mega launch event today. The company also unveiled its latest budget fitness tracker, the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, which is a direct successor to last year's Mi Band 5.

The most significant difference between the Mi Band 6 and the Mi Band 5 is the size of the display. Xiaomi's latest fitness tracker features a larger 1.56-inch AMOLED display with 152 x 360 resolution and a peak brightness of 450 nits.

Aside from the larger display, the other major upgrade is the addition of an SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen saturation monitor. Just like its predecessor, the Mi Band 6 also offers heart-rate tracking, sleep monitoring, Personal Activity Intelligence, female health tracking, and over 30 workout modes.

You also get 5 ATM water resistance, Bluetooth 5.0 support, sedentary reminders. Despite all the upgrades, however, Xiaomi claims the Mi Band 6 delivers identical two-week battery life as its predecessor, which is still among the best fitness trackers under $100.

Xiaomi's Mi Band 6 will hit store shelves in China early next month for 229 yuan ($35). The NFC-enabled version of the fitness tracker, on the other hand, will cost 279 yuan ($42). Although Xiaomi hasn't confirmed anything yet, we expect the band to debut in global markets sometime later this year.

Babu Mohan
News Writer