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Mi Band 7 Pro to launch alongside Xiaomi 12S series on July 4

The Pro version looks a lot more like a smartwatch than a fitness tracker

Xiaomi has been busy with fitness bands lately, and it started the year with the launch of the Xiaomi S1 and S1 Active, followed by the reveal of the long-awaited Mi Band 7. Recent evidence suggested that a Pro version of the Mi Band 7 was also in the works, and now, Xiaomi has officially confirmed that the Mi Band 7 Pro will be unveiled in China on July 4.

Next week brings us the launch of the Xiaomi 12S series, and apparently plans are on to show off the new Pro band alongside the phone. A post from the Xiaomi account on Weibo shared a teaser of the upcoming wearable, which claims that the smart band will provide a “more professional sports and fitness experience”. This is meant to be anyone’s guess, as not much is currently known about the band’s capabilities. Meanwhile, leading Chinese tech leaker Digital Chat Station has shared two images of the product that give us a closer look at its screen and straps. Most notably, unlike the regular Band 7, its Pro counterpart looks a hell of a lot like a normal smartwatch.

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While most Mi Smart Bands feature high-aspect, curved-rectangle screens, the 7 Pro screen is much more square and offset from the band itself (and yes – super Apple Watch-y). We are seeing that there are at least two color options – black and white – but it is not yet known whether others will be available as well. The black strap variant is paired with a gunmetal body, while the white version sports a gold-hued body.

Reports have suggested that a built-in GPS receiver could help with activity tracking, a feature that the Mi Band 7 lacked. More battery capacity also seems possible. We’ll just have to wait until early next week to get the full picture on this wearable.

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