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The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is just starting right, now it can also be officially used in German and a potential competitor comes on the market. The new Fitness Tracker is named Xiaomi Mijia Hey+ and seems to be the better Mi Band 3. We only ask ourselves: why? And, how is Xiaomi involved?
|Surname||Xiaomi Mijia Hey+||Xiaomi Mi Band 3|
|Display||0.95 inch AMOLED color display (240 x 120)||0.78 inch OLED (128×80)|
|Connection||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 4.2|
|Battery pack||120 mAh, standby up to 18 days||110 mAh, standby for up to 20 days|
|Features||Pedometer, sleep monitoring, heart rate monitor, alarm clock, message reminder, call answering, NFC||Pedometer, sleep monitoring, heart rate monitor, alarm, message reminder, call answering; 2nd version with NFC|
|Weight / Dimensions||19.7 g (with bracelet)||18.5 g (with strap) / 17.9 x 46.9 x 12mm (tracker), 155 – 216mm band adjustment|
Xiaomi also appears in the Hey+ Fitness Tracker not directly as a manufacturer, but rather as sales in appearance. Apparently, RYEEX Technology is the official manufacturer, but the Hey + is compatible with various Xiaomi services and devices. The CEO of RYEEX also served as the Head of Research & Development at Xiaomi until 2017, which provides a strong link between the two companies.
So indirectly Xiaomi is also involved in this product, but not as a direct manufacturer such as the Mi bands or smartphones. Since Youpin is Xiaomi’s platform and the cooperation with Mijia exists, Xiaomi appears in the article in places as a reference.
The Xiaomi Mijia Hey+ joins seamlessly into the Mi Band series. The capsule design is retained, the actual fitness tracker can be removed from the silicone band if you want. The actual tracker actually reminds us a bit more of the Mi Band 2 than of the Mi Band 3. Also the shape of the silicone band and the clasp have been taken over 1: 1.
The big difference lies in the display used, because that is the Hey + again slightly larger. The variant of Mijia is equipped with a 0.95 inch AMOLED display. The Mi Band 3 works with a 0.78 inch screen. The resolution is also slightly higher and is now 240 x 120 pixels . But it is particularly interesting that the Mijia Hey + sets on a color screen. We have not had that with the Mi bands yet. In this price range we almost only know it from the Amazfit Cor.
This does not seem to be a touch screen. The operation is then probably on the capacitive button under the screen.
This of course raises the question of the battery life. After the Mi Band 2 is a small marathon runner, you have to settle for the Mi Band 3 with a little less battery life. The new fitness tracker from Mijia also works with a 120 mAh battery, but should offer the same battery life despite the larger screen. This is a value of 18 days, which depends of course on the individual use.
The NFC version of the Mi Band 3 is not yet on the market, the Mijia Hey+ offers this feature immediately. The chip will mainly be used for payments via AliPay, or for the electronic bus ticket (in China). It also makes it easier to connect your smartphone to the fitness band. Alternatively, this connection succeeds via the integrated Bluetooth 4.2.
Also with the Xiaomi Mijia Hey + one seems to resort again to the well-known Mi Fit app, which we already know from various Xiaomi / Huami Fitness trackers. It is probably the usual range of functions available. These include various sports modes, pulse measurement, pedometer or the integrated alarm clock as well as the popular notification function. This should turn out just because of the larger color display again something better than with the Mi Band 3. To the control of the own Smart Home devices one can connect the volume probably also with the Mi Home app.
Of course we could not test the Xioami Mijia Hey+ yet, but the sad truth is that it actually sounds better than the Mi Band 3. The color display is a real added value in our eyes, just like the integrated NFC. The only disadvantage compared to the Mi Band 3? The apparently missing touch screen. Is that the only plus for the Xiaomi Mi Band 3?
We are simply surprised that Xiaomi also has such a high release density in this area as with the Mi smartphones. One wonders why one does not bring a product directly on the market that does everything right. Interestingly, it is launched under the Mijia brand, which recently entered the wearables sector with the Xiaomi Mijia SYB01 Hybrid Smartwatch.
What do you think of the Xiaomi Mijia Hey+? Do you prefer staying with your Mi band? You still have time to think about the Chinese release is scheduled for September 20, at a price of about 30€. Until the band arrives in the China shops and is available for us, we will certainly have October. Also, the price should be a little higher.