We have heard a rumor about new wearable from Xiaomi since many months ago. Initially, it is called Mi Band 1s but subsequent rumor threw a new round device called Amazefit on to the tables.
Now it is official on amazefit.com. Consists of small donut-shaped smart tracker in two color – white and black with wide selection of bands and straps. It looks pretty simple by design, it doesn’t have the LED like Mi Band. But in terms of functionality, it is quite similar with step counting, activity tracking, vibration alarms and notification and a sleep tracker. It is equipped also with scenario monitoring, smart home control and wireless charging.
The device is a product as the result of a partnership between Xiaomi and Huaheng Electronic Technology. The joint venture was dubbed Huami Technology and had the benefit of Xiaomi financing, combined with hardware development expertise from Huaheng, which has its own track of manufacturing consumer electronics. The original Mi Band is actually a Huami product, which bears the Xiaomi brand.
Amazefit on the other hand is Huami’s new project, for which it has allegedly already secured about $35 million in investments from Banyan Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Morningside Capital. Xiaomi, apparently backed the new wearable at first, but did not participate in the second round of funding. What this means is that Amazefit is no longer solely paid for by Xiaomi and is spinning off into its own separate line, but we can understand the tendency to still associate the two.
The undoubtedly stylish Amazefit is still not up for sale and judging from the Chinese-only website, international availability is doubtful, at least at first.