It was announced today at the company’s Annual Strategic Media Communication Conference that Huami will be manufacturing the Xiaomi Mi Band 5, which is an important piece of information. On the other hand, neither of the two Chinese companies has an exclusivity deal on the Mi Band lineup for the long term.
For the benefit of those who are unaware, Huami has been responsible for manufacturing all previous iterations of the popular Mi Band fitness tracker sold by Xiaomi. The Mi Band 4 was made available for purchase sometime during the summer. The stunning 0.95-inch AMOLED color display with 120 240 pixel resolution and 2.5D scratch-resistant tempered glass is the most noteworthy new feature of the most recent generation of the product. The previous model could only be displayed in black and white.
At the beginning of this year, Huami CEO Wang Huang provided confirmation that the partnership between Xiaomi and his company would continue. Additionally, he mentioned that development on the Mi Band 5 has already begun.
Wang Huang stated today at the Annual Strategic Media Communication Conference that despite the fact that the two businesses are collaborating on many projects together, they do not have an exclusive arrangement to manufacture Xiaomi’s wearable products even though they are working together. They, on the other hand, are in possession of the knowledge that they are the preferred partners.
This would imply that there is a decision between the two corporations that can go either way. This explains why Huami did not take part in the creation of Xiaomi’s first smartwatch as well as the reason for its absence.
A little over a week ago, Xiaomi introduced the Mi Watch. This is a Wear OS device, which the creators of the software are referring to as “a tiny smartphone on the wrist.”
According to earlier reports, we should anticipate the launch of the Mi Band 5 to take place during the second quarter of 2020, most likely in the month of June. This would be around one year following the debut of the currently available version.
Huang Wang also disclosed that Huami will expand its product offerings beyond watches and fitness bands into additional smart device categories in the year 2020. It is not yet clear what precisely this pertains to.