CEO Lei Jun announced that the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 has exceeded 1 million posts worldwide. The interest is quite high considering that most of them have come from China since sales started on April 2, but only went global after a few weeks.
Even so, the Mi Band 3 reached 1 million in 17 days, the Mi Band 4 came even faster. It’s reached a record number in just eight days. While the popularity of cheap but capable smart bands is declining, Xiaomi’s “hearing aids” (i.e. more advanced wireless headphones) fill the void. They helped the company maintain its second place in the wearables market. Mi Groups first appeared in 2014 and were quite simple. The original had only three LEDs and didn’t even have a heart rate sensor. Nevertheless, Xiaomi managed to sell over 10 million in 9 months. It helped them cost just 80 CNY (about $13) per piece, the current model tripled that. Even more, if you get the NFC version, but this is only available in China.
Xiaomi has also sent promotional boxes to critics in China, including all important Mi Band models from the first to the 6th. This offers a nice retrospective look at how far the tapes have come. The original band had three LED indicators and its main functions were notifications and sleep tracking, the Mi Band 1S added a heart rate sensor. The second model added a 0.42″OLED screen, the third enlarged it to 0.78″ and introduced the NFC version, then the fourth model switched to the 0.95″ color OLED. The fifth made the charge larger and simpler with a magnetic cable; The sixth (available) model filled the front with a pill-shaped 1.56″ screen.