Xiaomi's new £10 Mi Band Pulse gets you fitness tracking and heart rate monitoring for less cash than you might spend on a pizza. Now that's a bargain.

The new Mi Band Pulse is Xiaomi’s second fitness tracker. With the second-gen version, there’s even more to love, not least its teeny tiny price.

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But what can a ten quid fitness tracker possibly have on its high-end rivals? Well, try a light-based photoplethysmography sensor that measures your body’s blood flow, for a start. That’s an optical heart rate monitor, to us mortals.

Just like big shot £100-plus trackers such as those of Jawbone and Fitbit, the Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse will constantly track your heart rate and feed your stats to your phone in real time, adding extra depth to your activity logging.

It’ll also keep an eye on your activity levels 24/7, providing an insight into both your waking and sleeping habits. There’s a silent alarm thrown in too, which nudges you awake with gentle vibrations.

Mi Band Pulse sucks up phone notifications so you have to check your mobile less often, although this doesn’t include being able to actually read messages on your wrist. There’s no screen so a vibration lets you know when you’ve got a missed call.

Still, there are nifty extras like a vibrating alert if you leave your phone behind, and a set of LED lights that display your activity progress throughout the day. You can even unlock your phone with it, if you’re using Android 5.0 and above.

Add to that the water and dust-proof rubberised strap and battery life of around 20 days, and you have practically all of the functionality of a top-end tracker for a mere fraction of the price.

Xiaomi Mi Pulse launches tomorrow in China, but UK bargain hunters out there may have to import one online, at least for now. In the meantime, check out its predecessor at mi.com.


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