Remem­ber, recent­ly Xiao­mi pre­sent­ed their gam­ing smart­phone, Black Shark? No? It’s not scary, noth­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary was shown there.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was remem­bered by oth­ers: Xiao­mi CEO Lei Jun flashed a new Mi Band 3. The bracelet on his arm fell under the sights of cam­eras dur­ing the event.

The acces­so­ry clear­ly traces the lega­cy of pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, but at the moment, there is prac­ti­cal­ly no infor­ma­tion about the new prod­uct. Still, we can try to pre­dict what chips the next (fourth?) gen­er­a­tion of the bracelet will get.

Enlarged touch screen

Mi Band has long-stand­ing prob­lems with screens. The first mod­els did with­out it at all, and in the third gen­er­a­tion it is prac­ti­cal­ly use­less. Time don’t look too hard: Rise to Wake works every oth­er time, and tap­ping with the oth­er hand does not always work.

Every­thing must change. The pho­to shows that the screen of the bracelet is com­plete­ly new: it is larg­er, and the edges are round­ed. I would like to believe that the dis­play will dis­play more infor­ma­tion, for exam­ple, a cou­ple of lines of text. I don’t think that such a screen will hit the bud­get hard, after all, there are a lot of cheap­er devices with a larg­er diag­o­nal on the mar­ket.

Plus, the screen will final­ly become touch. They would also wind up auto­mat­ic bright­ness con­trol: it won’t eat up the bat­tery, and it won’t blind at night.

New menu

In addi­tion to the fawn pho­to­graph, screen­shots of the new menu have been leaked to the Web.

The frames show that large sec­tions with sub­sec­tions in each will appear in the fit­ness track­er. For exam­ple, Noti­fi­ca­tions, Dis­tance trav­eled or even Weath­er (!). With­in these sec­tions, the user is tak­en to an end­less “carousel” of sub-items. There may be mes­sages from dif­fer­ent mes­sen­gers, and switch­ing between steps / calo­ries, stop­watch (!) Or just set­tings.

Def­i­nite­ly Mi Band 3 will get more fea­tures than shown in the screen­shot. We wait.

New gestures

The redesigned menu and touch screen gave way to new ges­tures. The Mi Band 2 menu scrolled strict­ly in one direc­tion, if you missed some­thing, turn it over again. The man­age­ment of the fourth gen­er­a­tion bracelet will not be lim­it­ed to taps on the but­ton. Here is the list new ges­tures:

  • The bracelet will be unlocked with a swipe from the bot­tom up
  • Ver­ti­cal swipes switch between sec­tions
  • Tap on the screen will switch among sub­sec­tions
  • Tap on the but­ton will return to the main screen (hel­lo, the “Home” but­ton)
  • Long tap on the same but­ton to con­firm the action

GPS module

The new Mi Band should stop attribut­ing steps. In real­i­ty, now the bracelets are spin­ning plus up to 1500 steps a day. Users do not par­tic­u­lar­ly com­plain, appar­ent­ly, every­one likes to receive achieve­ments.

The GPS mod­ule solves the prob­lem. With it, the bracelet will dis­as­sem­ble when you walk, dri­ve or just wave your hand. Most like­ly, this will hit the auton­o­my of the device. Well, if you have to charge it every two to three weeks. But some­thing tells me that due to all the new fea­tures, the bracelet charge will last for a week at most.

New Bluetooth 4.2 protocol

This is the upgrad­ed ver­sion of Blue­tooth 4.0. It is just as ener­gy effi­cient, but 2.5 times faster. The size of the trans­mit­ted data pack­et has increased by 10 times.

The fea­ture of the new spec­i­fi­ca­tion is dif­fer­ent: in Blue­tooth 4.2, the IPSP (Inter­net Pro­to­col Sup­port Pro­file) pro­file appeared, which defines sup­port for the trans­mis­sion of IPv6 pack­ets between devices. In oth­er words, it will be much eas­i­er for the bracelet to upload data to the Inter­net.

Plus, the Blue­tooth 4.2 pro­to­col is bet­ter pro­tect­ed than its pre­de­ces­sors. The process of pair­ing devices con­sists of more parts, with­in which encryp­tion keys are gen­er­at­ed.

Blue­tooth 4.2 lit­er­al­ly asks for Mi Band 3. It is faster, safer and can access the Inter­net. And all this with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ener­gy effi­cien­cy.

What exactly will Mi Band 3 not get?

Nor­mal, not bug­gy appli­ca­tion.

Xiao­mi, the main thing is to throw a cheap device on the mar­ket, and how it will work is sec­ondary.

At first, we could not get a nor­mal trans­la­tion and inter­face for a long time, Mi Fit often broke into illeg­i­ble Chi­nese, and the fields climbed on top of each oth­er. Then, track­ing of sleep phas­es was sud­den­ly cut out of Mi Band.

Yes, Mi Fit is slow­ly fin­ished. It has become more beau­ti­ful, smoother, with the cor­rect trans­la­tion. But the bracelet still falls off sev­er­al times a day.

And hard­ly any­thing will change. Xiao­mi does not devel­op the appli­ca­tion on its own, anoth­er com­pa­ny does it. It is clear that they are con­nect­ed, but the respon­si­bil­i­ty is, as it were, shift­ed. They say the bracelet is per­fect, just the devel­op­ers let us down.

But you will still have Mi Band 3

It will just be extreme­ly cheap. At the start of sales, the expect­ed cost will be 4–4.50 $, and in a cou­ple of months the price will drop to 2–30$.

Well, what if it works? Would it be con­ve­nient? Sud­den­ly you start to take care of your­self and lose weight?

Even if you do not buy it your­self, there is a high prob­a­bil­i­ty of receiv­ing a bracelet as a gift for some hol­i­day. Well, it’s sol­id and inex­pen­sive. They gave me a bracelet like that, not know­ing that I already have one.

Apple Watch own­ers must resist. Although I per­son­al­ly know a few who took the Mi Band “pure­ly to try.”