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Xiaomi Mi Band 5 review: Bang-up budget band

Xiaomi's Mi Band series has won fans by offering a lot of fitness features for not a lot of money. That formula isn't changing with the latest entry, the Mi Band 5. It looks almost identical to its predecessors but makes some notable improvements: There's finally magnetic charging so you don't have to pry the device out of the band anymore, the screen is a little bigger, and the tracking is a bit more accurate.

The Mi Band 5 might not compete with high-end trackers and smartwatches from Garmin or Fitbit, but it doesn’t have to.

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Samsung preps affordable fitness tracker, tablet, 5G phone for holiday sales

Samsung already spent enough time talking about $400 smartwatches, $650 tablets$1,300 slabs last month. Just yesterday, it brought out another $2,000 folding phablet. But the company knows that top-line items a good holiday season does not make. So, we're now looking at the Galaxy Fit2, Galaxy Tab A7, and Galaxy A42 5G — functional pieces of tech for less cash.

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OnePlus Watch is reportedly in the making

OnePlus has grown popular by making affordable phones and has more recently started designing accessories, such as its $80 buds. The company is reportedly continuing to work on releasing more than just handsets, as a new listing has appeared referring to a product called the OnePlus Watch.

Singapore's IMDA regulatory body lists a device called the OnePlus Watch on its Telecoms Licensing System, which doesn't reveal much, besides the model number being W301GB. Despite the lack of information, it's likely for the smartwatch to run Google's Wear OS and be powered by Snapdragon's new Wear 4100 SoC. In fact, the new chip and Google's upcoming Wear OS update might have convinced the OnePlus team the platform was mature enough for them to launch a smartwatch.

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Bluetooth SIG wants wearables to be part of coronavirus exposure notification systems

The Bluetooth SIG is working on allowing wearable devices to be pinged in Exposure Notification Systems for the novel coronavirus, calling a smartphone-only approach to infection tracing "not a practical approach" for everyone. It will be a long time, though, before wearables become a viable detection vector.

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EU opens in-depth investigation into Google's Fitbit acquisition

Google may have announced its intention to purchase Fitbit last year, but deals between large corporations like this move slowly. Regulators in both the US and EU have expressed concern about the world's largest ad company gaining access to potentially sensitive health data gathered by Fitbit's wearable devices, and Google's reassurances haven't helped. After an initial review by the European Commission, it has decided to press ahead with an in-depth investigation into the merger that is expected to be completed by December 9.

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Oppo's Wear OS Apple Watch clone is officially launching globally this fall

When I attended Oppo's Inno Day event in December 2019, the company described its grand plans for 2020, particularly in the wearables segment. After launching its very first smartwatch exclusively in China alongside the Find X2 phone series back in March, Oppo is now bringing a Wear OS version to global markets. Three sets of budget true wireless earbuds are also being made available more widely.

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Oppo tipped to release an international version of its smartwatch with Wear OS

Back in March, Chinese manufacturer Oppo announced its first smartwatch, sporting a design similar to the one of an Apple Watch. The device, called the Oppo Watch, was exclusively meant to be sold on the Chinese Market and ran an in-house Android-based OS. However, a new promotional video seems to point the company is about to release a refreshed version of the product that will ship with Wear OS.

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Get the Fossil Gen 5 Garrett for $179 ($116 off) on Amazon

The Fossil Gen 5 is one of the best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy, thanks to a stylish design and solid hardware let down only by Qualcomm's lackluster support for the platform and the inherent bugginess of Wear OS. The Garrett styling of the Gen 5 has the same hardware as the regular model, only wrapped up in a fancy new exterior. The usual $295 price tag is quite high, but if you grab it at Amazon now you can get it for the much more palatable $179 ($116 off).

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Google confirms acquisition of smart glasses maker North

Google is acquiring smart glasses manufacturer North Inc., reportedly to the tune of $180 million,  shoring up its own hardware, wearable, and "ambient computing" efforts with the acquisition. Google saw limited success with its own "Google Glass" smart glasses, though the project lives on. The new purchase could also complement Google's acquisition of Fitbit.

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The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Spring 2020)

Smartwatches weren't exactly the next smartphone revolution that many hoped for, but for checking notifications and tracking health, they can be incredibly valuable tools. They're certainly not for everyone, but if you're looking for a new smartwatch, fitness tracker, or other wearable product, there are plenty of excellent options at every price bracket.

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