When Xiaomi unveiled a new fitness tracker from its sub-brand Redmi, we thought this new Redmi Band could be one of the best cheap fitness trackers available, but it seems the band won't actually be available in most places.
Xiaomi has told TechRadar that the company has no plans to launch the Redmi Band globally, so for now it seems the wallet-saving exercise-centric wearable will remain only available in China (or to those willing to import it from the country).
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It seems there's scope for that decision to change, thanks to the wording of the statement, but for now people looking for an affordable fitness tracker will have to look elsewhere.
This turn of events is similar to that of the Xiaomi Mi Watch from late 2019. When that was announced it looked like a fantastic smartwatch, however the company later stated it had no plans for a global release of that device, and six months on we're still waiting to see if it will ever come to the west.
Perhaps we'll see the Redmi Band and Xiaomi Mi Watch globally in the future though, and given lockdowns around the world not too many people will likely be thinking about buying a new fitness tracker right now anyway.
People who are looking for a great fitness tracker, especially one available on a budget, don't even have to look to a different company for a Redmi Band alternative though, as the company also has its Mi Band range of devices available.
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Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.
He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.