The Xiaomi Mi Band is undeniably the price range health tracker champ – and the brand new Mi Band 5 has arrived to proceed its unrivalled reputation.
Mi Band gadgets have been topping the worldwide gross sales charts for years, thanks to large reputation in China and India and tremendous low costs within the West.
Whenever you examine costs and options, even bands just like the Fitbit Encourage HR and Samsung Galaxy Match wrestle to rival the Mi Band vary.
The Mi Band 5 is tipped to go on sale globally in July, however till we get the brand new tracker on our wrists, we have scoured the specs sheet to see how the brand new Mi Band compares to the Mi Band four to see whether or not you need to wait to make an improve.
Wareable verdict:Xiaomi Mi Band 4 review
|Mi Band four||Mi Band 5|
|Display screen measurement||zero.95-inch||1.1-inch|
|Display screen decision||120 x 240, 400nit||126 x 294, 450nit|
|Water resistance||50 meters||50 meters|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, HR||Accelerometer, HR|
|Sleep||Sure||Sure + REM monitoring|
|Battery life||20 days||20 days
NFC: 14 days
|PAI health rating||No||Sure|
|Sports activities modes||7||11|
|Tracked sports activities||Treadmill operating, outside operating, biking, strolling, pool swimming and a basic monitoring train mode||Treadmill operating, outside operating, biking, strolling, pool swimming, open exercise, yoga, indoor rowing, skipping, elliptical and rowing machine|
|GPS||No (can use smartphone)||No (can use smartphone)|
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 v Mi Band four: Design
Xiaomi Mi Band four
For these hoping for a dramatically different-looking Mi Band, that is not likely the case right here with the Mi Band 5.
That is hardly stunning given Xiaomi made large modifications for the four, largely by means of the addition of a color touchscreen show. It isn’t essentially a nasty factor Xiaomi has largely caught to the identical look because the four was arguably its most polished health tracker.
You are still getting the identical polycarbonate tracker and silicone band. Whereas on the Mi Band four you’d must come out the tracker to cost it and even change the band, that is not the case on the 5. A brand new magnetic charging setup means you may simply must clip the charging cable it into the again of the tracker.
A touchscreen stays your technique of navigating options and viewing information, however the high quality has jumped on the brand new Mi Band.
On the Mi Band 5, you are getting a 1.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen show with an 126 x 294 decision. That is a bounce up in measurement and determination from the zero.95-inch, 120 x 240 decision color AMOLED show featured on the Mi Band four.
Xiaomi has upped display measurement with each new Mi Band and that development hasn’t modified. There’s additionally enhancements on the brightness entrance too. The Mi Band 5 now provides 450 nits of brightness in comparison with 400 nits on the Mi Band four.
The Mi Band four display was an important performer, notably when you think about the value. So it appears prefer it’s solely going to get higher for the 5 in just about each method.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
When it comes to band colors, the Mi Band four is available in black, orange, blue, wine pink, and pink. For the brand new Band, you are getting a decide of eight color choices together with among the pastel numbers pictured above. So for those who care about choices, you are getting extra with the brand new Band. Although it isn’t clear if the bands can be interchangeable like they had been on the Mi Band four (and three) now that you simply now not must take away the tracker to cost it.
Water resistance score is similar for each trackers, with the safety as much as 50 metres depth letting you are taking it within the bathe and go for a swim too. Pool swim monitoring is supported right here too, although we hope efficiency has improved from our pool time with the Mi Band four.
The MI Band 5 will are available in two fashions, a regular and NFC mannequin similar to the Mi Band four did. That NFC mannequin additionally provides a microphone to allow voice instructions and good dwelling management through Xiaomi’s Xiao AIl. Just like the NFC version of the Mi Band four, this mannequin appears set to be for China solely. There have been some rumors that Xiaomi may very well be lining up Professional and Lite fashions, although that’s nonetheless very a lot hypothesis.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 v Mi Band four: Health monitoring options
Xiaomi Mi Band four
So what can these trackers truly monitor? When it comes to sensors you’ll be able to depend on, each use accelerometer and gyroscope sensors to trace motion and a proximity sensor for supporting the power to boost to wake the show.
One extra sensor you may discover on the Mi Band 5 is a barometer as a method of calculating modifications in elevation. So, that is a helpful sensor to have if you end up climbing numerous stairs.
There is a coronary heart charge monitor additionally on board each Mi Bands to supply real-time readings throughout train and on the spot readings. There are some extra makes use of for the sensor on the Mi Band 5 that Xiaomi claims is now 50% extra correct than the one on the Mi Band four.
It could now detect abnormalities in coronary heart charge and also will unlock new PAI scores. These are the scores we noticed crop up on the Amazfit GTS, a watch that is constructed by the exact same Huami that makes the Mi Band.
This rating summarises your weekly exercise focusing based mostly coronary heart charge. We discovered it helpful addition to the GTS and it appears like a extra helpful perception into your weekly health versus step counts.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
You’ll be able to nonetheless rely steps and there is computerized sleep monitoring coated too. On the Mi Band 5, Xiaomi will now point out REM sleep, which is the a part of sleep associated to growing mind exercise and selling studying amongst different advantages.
Past primary health monitoring, the Mi Band has advanced to turn out to be extra helpful for extra than simply steps and sleep. On the Mi Band four, you get six devoted exercise modes, which cowl treadmill operating, outside operating, biking, strolling, pool swimming and a basic monitoring train mode.
Compared, the Mi Band 5 has ramped up issues as much as 11 exercise modes that now consists of yoga, indoor rowing, skipping, elliptical and rowing machine. There is not any GPS on both Band, however you’ll be able to piggyback off telephone GPS to enhance distance accuracy.
Taking a leaf out of Apple, Fitbit and Garmin’s e book, Xiaomi is now including guided respiration workouts and the power for ladies to trace menstrual cycles from the Mi Band 5 too. One thing you will not discover on the Mi Band four.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 v Mi Band four: Smartwatch options
With the addition of a color touchscreen show on the Mi Band four, it made extra sense for Xiaomi to roll out the sort of options you’d anticipate finding on smartwatches.
On the Mi Band four, you have obtained the power to view notifications (for Android and iOS), see climate forecasts, and management music taking part in out of your telephone. It additionally introduced 77 themes you’ll be able to choose from the band itself or from the companion app.
You will get all of that on the Mi Band 5 too and now it is beefing up themes up with over 100 to select from. That assortment now embrace animated themes that includes the likes of SpongeBob, Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, and Detective Conan. It is also letting you utilize the tracker as a distant shutter in your telephone’s digital camera so you’ll be able to take photos from afar.
In the event you handle to pay money for the NFC mannequin of the Mi Band 5, you can use it for door entry, paying for transport and it additionally helps Alipay and UnionPay fee programs. The Mi Band four NFC version compared provides every thing other than the brand new UnionPay assist. As already talked about, these are all related and helpful for those who dwell in China.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 v Mi Band four: Battery life and worth
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
Xiaomi has managed to enhance battery life on each new era of the Mi Band. On the four, it packed in a 110mAh capability battery that it mentioned ought to ship 20 days of monitoring time. In our testing time, it positively held as much as that.
With the Mi Band 5, you are getting a bigger 125mAh capability battery that Xiaomi claims ought to provide the identical 20 days. In the event you go for the NFC model, that drops to 14 days. It is hardly stunning it is much less on the NFC model, particularly for those who make use of the NFC usually. In the end it is nonetheless exhibiting on each fronts.
So let’s speak about worth. The Mi Band four got here in at £35. That was simply barely up from the £30 the Mi Band three got here priced in at launch. We do not have official UK or US pricing, however whenever you do the foreign money conversion, ¥189 for the usual Mi Band 5 is round £21 and ¥229 for the Mi Band 5 NFC version is round £26.
So, Xiaomi has nonetheless managed to maintain issues inexpensive and it is nonetheless cheaper than Fitbit’s most inexpensive tracker, the Encourage, and sits across the identical worth because the Samsung Galaxy Fit e.
On paper, it appears like Xiaomi is providing you with a good few causes to make that improve. On the entrance, the display is best, the charging setup has fortunately been improved and the center charge monitor tech has been improved too.
With the software program, it is good to see ladies’s well being monitoring is now included and the PAI Well being scores brings extra worth to your exercise monitoring. These animated watch faces look good enjoyable as effectively.
That is to not say its arrival makes the Mi Band four instantly redundant. It is nonetheless a strong tracker in our eyes and made numerous large enhancements on the Mi Band three to rightfully earn a four out of 5 rating. That is the very best we have ever scored a Mi Band.
As pricing may be very related, it looks as if no brainer to go new Mi Band and get these new options in your wrist as an alternative.