Xiaomi’s Latest Budget Fitness Tracker Goes Live

The new Xiaomi Hey fitness tracker

Xiaomi has taken the covers off of its latest budget-friendly fitness tracker, with the Hey+ 1s being officially announced by the Chinese company.

The Hey+ 1S fitness tracker, which joins the Mi Band 4 at the top of Xiaomi’s wearable table, is the follow-up to the Hey+, which the company launched very after the Mi Band 3 went on sale, back in 2018.

That launch saw significant improvements on what was then the flagship Xiaomi activity band and signalled some of the specs of the forthcoming Mi Band 4. This time around though, the differences between the Hey+ 1S and the latest Mi Band seem less significant, according to Wareable’s Max Freeman Mills.

“They’ve both got identically-sized displays for starters,” he explains. “With the 1S also featuring a 0.95-inch color AMOLED display. That screen has been slightly redesigned on the Hey+ 1S, though, bringing a more rectangular look, with rounded off corners and what looks like a capacitative button below the display.”

A major plus compared to the Mi Band 4 is the inclusion of extra NFC features – in China, at least – such as acting as a bus pass, with compatibility for 248 cities in its homeland.

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Elsewhere on the spec sheet, the new Hey+ 1S boasts 5ATM water resistance, meaning you can take it swimming or, in fact, diving with up to 50 metres depth permitted.

On the looks front a big difference compared to the Mi Band 4 is the strap, with the newest member of the Xiaomi tracker clan featuring a more traditional buckle-style band, compared to the silicon clasp on its older sibling.

As you’d expect the Hey+ 1S ticks off the activity tracking basics, such as step counting and there is also sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring on board, as well.

In terms of ‘smart’ features and you’ll be able to view notifications and set up alarms, with everything run on HeyOS, Xiaomi’s custom operating system.

Powering proceedings is a 120mAh battery that should be good for around 18 days of life, according to its makers.

The Hey+ 1S is available for pre-order in China now, priced around $25, so a bit cheaper than the $39 Mi Band 4. There’s no details, as of yet, as to whether it will launch outside of China.

Xiaomi’s Mi Bands are extremely popular for one main reason – they do a solid job of everyday activity tracking for a much cheaper price tag than rivals, such as Fitbit. In fact, Xiaomi has become the world’s second largest wearables manufacturer, data from research firm IDC states.