12 June 2019
Xiaomi’s next fitness tracker, Mi Band 4 is launching on June 11, so we are just a day away from it, but there’s still a room for catching a bit about it, because why not! Well, the new piece of information doesn’t really point to the Mi Band 4 but seeing official Mi Band page on Weibo forwarding it does mean something.
Huami’s CEO, Wang Huang teased that AI-powered Huangshang No.1 chip has been mass-produced and this was then forwarded by Mi Band official page on Weibo, indicating that this could empower the yet-to-come Mi Band 4.
Huangshan No.1 is RISC-V based processor and it’s said to be more efficient than ARM’s Cortex M4 based competitors. It was launched last year as the world’s first artificial intelligence powered wearable chipset. It features four core artificial intelligence engines — cardiac biometrics engine, ECG, ECG Pro, and Hearth Rhythm Abnormality Monitoring Engine.
Mi Band 4 has been teased to have so many great features and improvements over its predecessor. Xiaomi tends to sell millions of units of its Mi Band series and this mass production is a further indication that Huami is going to hold a great milestone by serving millions of users.
In other related news, the latest teaser shared by the company on Weibo confirms that NFC variant of the Mi Band 4 will support payment system. The teaser doesn’t specifically take the name of the NFC variant but it’s obvious NFC feature will help in making payments done in just one tap. This further confirms one more thing that Xiaomi will also launch the NFC variant at the same launch event. It was previously speculated that the NFC variant won’t be released at the same time. However, it’s possible that Xiaomi makes it available later.
Also, the device has already gone up for pre-orders on AliExpress for $49.99. The wearable is listed by a third-party retailer with a free shipping tag. The listing shows the device is a standard (non-NFC) version with a black rubber strap.