Xiaomi after launching four successful phone in India namely the Mi3, RedMi Note, RedMi 1s and Mi4 and its range of powerbanks, Xiaomi is set to enter the wearables market in India. It was planned that other than the market of phones and tablets, Xiaomi would also enter into the accessories and wearables space, though so far that has not happened on a very large scale.
However, it looks like the Mi Band, Xiaomi’s answer to wearable trackers is set to be rolled out in India. The device has been available on Ebay unofficially for about Rs 2,000 which is a solid INR 5K or so less than what most of the competitors are offering out there.
The plans for the same were confirmed by the Xiaomi Product Manager in the reply to one of the Mi Forum post, saying:
We’re currently testing Mi Band and plan to sell it in India as soon as we complete the update to MIUI 6 for our devices. Mi Band requires Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which is supported by Android versions 4.3+. The MIUI 5 build on the Note 3G and Redmi 1S is on Android 4.2.2, so we want to get those devices updated to MIUI 6 before we launch the Mi Band.
MIUI 6 is in the process of rolling out for Note 4G and Mi 3 right now and we plan to update the Note 3G and Redmi 1S by late March/April. That means that you should see Mi Band launch in March/April.
With the date expected to be sometime in March or April, you would expect the final price of the device to be lower than what it is on Ebay and therefore you must wait before picking up the tracker right now, if you can wait.