Last year, Xiaomi made a name for itself internationally with the launch of the WalkingPad R1 Pro and Oclean X on Indiegogo, the first foray outside of the Chinese market for the brand. The brand’s crowdfunding exercise on Xiaomi Youpin was met with an extremely positive response and was backed at an impressive rate. This success has prompted the company to burst onto the scene again in hopes of capturing the same level of excitement as last time around, with the release of an improved version of their foldable treadmill, the WalkingPad S1.

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Now, the question is, what makes this new model better? Firstly, the WalkingPad S1 is 20Ibs lighter than the R1, making it significantly more portable. This increased portability is also helped by the fact that it takes up a staggering 45% less space than its predecessor, which already revolutionised the market with its folding technology. In addition to these improvements, the S1 has lower operational noise output to enable a calmer workout session.

In terms of finish, it is very similar to the R1, including the aforementioned 180-degree foldable design that reduces the amount of space taken up by the WalkingPad R1 to less than 95%. Not only does this make it easier to store underneath a piece of furniture, but it can also be stood against a wall vertically, making it extremely accessible.

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The mentioned improvements are not the only difference – Xiaomi is offering safety improvements too. An attachable handlebar (sold separately) makes the S1 more accessible for a wider range of customers, including older or less able-bodied users. As well as the handlebar, Xiaomi has included an in-built safety system, so the WalkingPad S1 will automatically stop if no movements are detected on the belt, an intelligent safety feature.

Additionally, the S1 comes with an LED touch panel which shows a clear summary of your workout data. Having your speed, time, steps and calories burned on display is a welcome addition.

The WalkingPad S1 foldable treadmill costs £369(crowdfunding) or £470 if you would like the handlebar too.


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