Here at Android Authority, we love Xiaomi’s line of Mi Band fitness trackers. Each year, we give stellar reviews to the latest iteration. That’s why we are very excited for the 2021 model to drop, tentatively known as the Xiaomi Mi Band 6. In some areas, it would likely be known as the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6.
As usual, we expect Xiaomi to pack in more features with this year’s variant. We also anticipate pricing to continue to be incredibly affordable.
Below, we’ve compiled all the reputable rumors we’ve heard so far related to the Mi Band 6. This should give you a good idea of what to expect! Please be sure to bookmark this page as we will constantly update it with new info as we hear it.
Name and release date
Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed the name of its next Mi Band fitness tracker. However, we are pretty confident it would land as the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 simply based on the history of the series (and the Mi Smart Band 6 in some areas). The company hasn’t deviated at all from its ascending number scheme for the line, and we have no evidence to suggest it would change that trend. As such, we’re running with the Mi Band 6 name until we hear something that makes us think differently.
Now, the release date of the device is much more ambiguous. So far, 2021 has been all about early releases. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series, the Asus ROG Phone 5, and the OnePlus 9 series all launched way earlier than normal. With that in mind, it’s not unreasonable to expect the Mi Band 6 to launch a bit early, too.
Historically, Xiaomi launches the latest Mi Band in the early summer. Last year, for example, we saw the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 launch in June (at least in China). It’s possible the company could move that launch date forward significantly. It’s also possible it would land around the same time. We wouldn’t bet on it launching later than June, though.
For now, plan on seeing the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 sometime between April and June. We’ll update this with more concrete info as soon as we have it.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 design
In the image above, you can see the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 next to its predecessor, the Mi Band 4. It’s pretty clear that Xiaomi didn’t change the design too much between the two generations. Likewise, we expect the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 to also carry over most of the design elements shown above.
However, that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have some upgrades in mind. According to a rumor stemming from code within the Zepp app (produced by Huami, the company that makes the Mi Band series for Xiaomi), there could be a larger display for the Mi Band 6. We don’t know how much larger, but more screen real estate on a fitness tracker is always nice. For the record, the Mi Band 5 included a 1.1-inch, 126 x 294 resolution AMOLED display.
Xiaomi is also pretty good about making its Mi Band straps removable. This allows third-party companies to create compatible straps for those fitness trackers. As such, you should be able to get plenty of fun and colorful straps for the Xiaomi Mi Band 6. However, whether or not the Mi Band 6 will work with Mi Band 5 straps is unknown.
Specs and features
One of the most exciting rumors surrounding the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is the potential for it to support Amazon Alexa voice commands. In the previously mentioned Zepp app code teardown, snoopers found references to that possibly being the case. This would make a lot of sense because the Amazfit Band 5 — also produced by Huami — has this capability.
The Amazfit Band 5 also supports SpO2 tracking, aka blood-oxygen tracking. This is a helpful way to gain deeper insight into your fitness routines. Since the Amazfit Band 5 supports this, it isn’t unreasonable to assume the Mi Band 6 could as well.
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We also have evidence to suggest that NFC support could come as standard. There might still be a version with NFC in China, but it’s a good bet that other areas will see NFC support on all available versions. There are also rumors that onboard GPS could be a possibility, which would be a huge deal. That seems like it might be too good to be true, though.
Finally, we expect there to be more fitness tracking features on the Xiaomi Mi Band 6. You can already track a slew of different workouts and activities, but the rumor is that Xiaomi could add 19 more modes to the tracker:
- Indoor fitness
- Indoor ice skating
- Core training
- Street dance
- Table tennis
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 price and availability
The biggest aspect of the Mi Band line that’s kept it so popular is how inexpensive the trackers are. As such, it is reasonable to assume that the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 would carry on that trend.
The question is: just how cheap could it be? The Mi Band 5 came in as the most expensive Mi Band ever with a retail price of $50. With the expected upgrades coming with the Mi Band 6, could Xiaomi blow past the $50 mark?
Our guess is no. With the state of the world today related to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are likely trying their hardest to avoid raising prices. We think it’s safe to assume that the Mi Band 6 will come in at a lower price than the Mi Band 5 — or, at the very least, the same price. However, we don’t have any information to confirm or deny that.
As far as availability goes, Xiaomi almost always releases its products in China first before rolling it out globally. We can expect the same thing to happen here. Once it does exit China, you can expect wide availability, including India, Europe, the UK, and even the United States.
That’s everything we know so far about the Xiaomi Mi Band 6! Be sure to bookmark this page as we will update it continuously as new rumors pop up.