Xiaomi Mi Band 3 was a hit among the consumers and the critics alike. Xiaomi did what it does best with the Mi Band 3 – it gave the people good hardware at an affordable price. So, naturally, people are excited about the next iteration of the Mi Band 3 – the Mi Band 4.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 was launched last week in China and it features the same characteristics as the Mi Band 3, good hardware at a low price. It has now arrived in Nepal bearing the price tag of Rs. 5800.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 had plenty of alluring features for its price: OLED display, 50m water resistance, 20-day battery life. Mi Band 4 has made improvements to several of those offerings. The OLED screen is now bigger at 0.95 inches and has a resolution of 120 x 240. It is a touchscreen and there are 77 different faces for customers to choose from.
The water resistance is the same. You can go swimming with this tracker. It even as the ability to identify different strokes like breaststroke, backstroke, etc. Other features like a contactless payment system make a return. The battery life is still the same epic 20 days.
We have learned that Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC are also included in the band. But the version with the NFC is yet to be seen in Nepal.
A little note on the price
The popularity of the Mi Band 4 solely rests on the fact that it costs less than other popular smart bands but provides the same features. However, in Nepal, it seems that the Mi Band 4 cannot play the price card. Why? Because in China, Mi Band 4 launched for $25. This translates to about Rs. 2800. But the current price of Mi Band 4 in Nepal is twice its international price. This is not a pretty sight. It’s a little shocking even coming from a company like Xiaomi.
G store, the company that is selling the band 4, has said the reason for the price hike is because they brought the Mi Band 4 into Nepal way sooner than planned. But that reason doesn’t hold its ground in my mind.
We talked to Xiaomi Nepal about the reason for the high price and they told us that they are not selling the Mi Band 4 to G store. G store has independently brought the Mi Band 4 to Nepal. But the sad part is that Xiaomi has said that there is no plan to bring Xiaomi Mi Band 4 officially to Nepal from their side. So, you might be stuck with this price for a while.