Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse

Xiaomi has unveiled its second-generation fitness tracker in China over the weekend, the Mi Band Pulse. Set to go on sale on November 11 — or Singles' Day — the tracker comes with an optical heart rate sensor, retaining a design that's similar to its predecessor.

The Mi Band Pulse shares the $15 (99 Yuan) asking price as the first-gen model, making it one of the most affordable fitness trackers available today. The addition of the heart rate sensor means that it now offers a more comprehensive activity tracking solution, which includes steps tracking, calorie intake and quality of sleep.

The fitness tracker connects to any Android handset running Android 4.4 KitKat and above through Bluetooth 4.0 LE, with Xiaomi's Mi Fit app syncing health and fitness data from the band. As for the battery, the Mi Band Pulse offers a 45mAh variant that the manufacturer claims will last for twenty days on a full charge.

The Mi Band Pulse is also certified IP67, making it resistant to dust and water. There's no official mention of when the band will be launching in other markets, but Xiaomi has indicated that it will continue to offer the first-gen Mi Band alongside the latest fitness tracker, which will be on sale for 69 Yuan ($10).

Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse