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Preorder the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness watch for $42

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With improved sensors and 11 sport modes, the new model might be just right for your wrist. It’s definitely right for your wallet.

The Mi Band 5 should hit US shores this month. You can preorder it right now for just $42.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is coming soon to the US, bringing a wealth of impressive features to your wrist on the cheap. How impressive and how cheap? Let’s start with the latter: If you simply can’t wait to get your mitts on one, Walmart has the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 for $41.99. Note that it’s being offered via a third-party seller, and that it says delivery will take about two weeks. 

The Mi Band 5’s predecessor was already a pretty solid product, selling for around $35 and standing toe-to-toe with the pricier Fitbit Inspire HR. There’s no official price on the new model, but I’m seeing it from various China-based sellers for $40 to $50. I suspect it’ll end up in the higher end of that range once it reaches US warehouses.

The water-resistant Mi Band 5 features a 1.1-inch color AMOLED display (just slightly larger than the Mi Band 4’s), heart rate and oxygen sensors, dozens of animated watch faces, a magnetic charge cord and a 14-day battery.

That battery is a bit of a disappointment, as the Mi Band 4 was rated for up to 20 days. However, the Mi Band 5 adds several new sport modes, bringing the total to 11. It also adds menstrual tracking.

I’ll know more once I get my hands on the Mi Band 5 — or, rather, get the Mi Band 5 on my hand. I’m hoping it’s better than the $25 Wyze Band, which left me a bit disappointed.

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