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The Xiaomi mi Band is undeniably the budget fitness tracker champ – và the new mi Band 5 has arrived to lớn continue its unrivalled popularity.

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Mi Band devices have been topping the global sales charts for years, thanks to lớn huge popularity in china and India và super low prices in the West.

When you compare prices & features, even bands lượt thích the Fitbit Inspire HR and Samsung Galaxy Fit struggle to lớn rival the mày Band range.

The mày Band 5 is tipped to go on sale globally in July, but until we get the new tracker on our wrists, we"ve scoured the specs sheet to lớn see how the new mi Band compares lớn the mày Band 4 khổng lồ see whether you should wait to lớn make an upgrade. verdict:Xiaomi mày Band 4 review

Mi Band 4Mi Band 5
Screen size0.95-inch1.1-inch
Screen resolution120 x 240, 400nit126 x 294, 450nit
Water resistance50 meters50 meters
SensorsAccelerometer, HRAccelerometer, HR
SleepYesYes + REM tracking
Battery life20 days20 daysNFC: 14 days
PAI fitness scoreNoYes
Sports modes711
Tracked sportsTreadmill running, outdoor running, cycling, walking, pool swimming and a general tracking exercise modeTreadmill running, outdoor running, cycling, walking, pool swimming, xuất hiện workout, yoga, indoor rowing, skipping, elliptical and rowing machine
GPSNo (can use smartphone)No (can use smartphone)

Xiaomi mi Band 5 v ngươi Band 4: Design


Xiaomi mi Band 4

For those hoping for a dramatically different-looking mi Band, that"s not really the case here with the mi Band 5.

That"s hardly surprising given xiaomi made big changes for the 4, largely through the addition of a colour touchscreen display. It"s not necessarily a bad thing mi has largely stuck to the same look as the 4 was arguably its most polished fitness tracker.

You"re still getting the same polycarbonate tracker & silicone band. While on the mày Band 4 you"d need to pop out the tracker to charge it or even change the band, that"s not the case on the 5. A new magnetic charging cài đặt means you"ll just need to đoạn clip the charging cable it into the back of the tracker.

A touchscreen remains your means of navigating features and viewing data, but the chất lượng has jumped on the new mày Band.

On the mi Band 5, you"re getting a 1.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with an 126 x 294 resolution. That"s a jump up in kích thước and resolution from the 0.95-inch, 120 x 240 resolution colour AMOLED display featured on the mày Band 4.

Xiaomi has upped screen kích cỡ with every new mi Band and that trend hasn"t changed. There"s also improvements on the brightness front too. The mày Band 5 now offers 450 nits of brightness compared lớn 400 nits on the mày Band 4.

The mày Band 4 screen was a great performer, particularly when you consider the price. So it looks lượt thích it"s only going to lớn get better for the 5 in pretty much every way.

Xiaomi mày Band 5

In terms of band colours, the ngươi Band 4 comes in black, orange, blue, wine red, và pink. For the new Band, you"re getting a pick of eight colour options including some of the pastel numbers pictured above. So if you care about options, you"re getting more with the new Band. Though it"s not clear if the bands will be interchangeable lượt thích they were on the ngươi Band 4 (and 3) now that you no longer need lớn remove the tracker khổng lồ charge it.

Water resistance rating is the same for both trackers, with the protection up lớn 50 metres depth letting you take it in the shower và go for a swim too. Pool swim tracking is supported here too, though we hope performance has improved from our pool time with the mày Band 4.

The mi Band 5 will come in two models, a standard và NFC mã sản phẩm just lượt thích the mi Band 4 did. That NFC model also adds a microphone to lớn enable voice commands & smart home control via Xiaomi"s Xiao AIl. Lượt thích the NFC edition of the ngươi Band 4, this model looks set khổng lồ be for đài loan trung quốc only. There have been some rumors that xiaomi could be lining up Pro and Lite models, though that is still very much speculation.

Xiaomi mi Band 5 v ngươi Band 4: Fitness tracking features


Xiaomi mi Band 4

So what can these trackers actually track? In terms of sensors you can rely on, both use accelerometer & gyroscope sensors lớn track movement và a proximity sensor for supporting the ability to raise lớn wake the display.

One additional sensor you"ll find on the mày Band 5 is a barometer as a way of calculating changes in elevation. So, that"s a useful sensor lớn have if you find yourself climbing a lot of stairs.

There"s a heart rate monitor also on board both mày Bands to offer real-time readings during exercise & on the spot readings. There are some additional uses for the sensor on the ngươi Band 5 that xiaomi claims is now một nửa more accurate than the one on the mi Band 4.

It can now detect abnormalities in heart rate and will also unlock new PAI scores. These are the scores we saw crop up on the Amazfit GTS, a watch that"s built by the very same Huami that makes the mi Band.

This score summarises your weekly activity focusing based heart rate. We found it useful addition to lớn the GTS và it feels like a more useful insight into your weekly fitness versus step counts.

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Xiaomi ngươi Band 5

You can still count steps & there"s automatic sleep monitoring covered too. On the mi Band 5, xiaomi will now indicate REM sleep, which is the part of sleep related to increasing brain activity and promoting learning among other benefits.

Beyond basic fitness tracking, the mi Band has evolved khổng lồ become more useful for more than just steps and sleep. On the ngươi Band 4, you get six dedicated workout modes, which cover treadmill running, outdoor running, cycling, walking, pool swimming and a general tracking exercise mode.

In comparison, the ngươi Band 5 has ramped up things up lớn 11 workout modes that now includes yoga, indoor rowing, skipping, elliptical và rowing machine. There"s no GPS on either Band, but you can piggyback off phone GPS to improve distance accuracy.

Taking a leaf out of Apple, Fitbit and Garmin"s book, xiaomi mi is now adding guided breathing exercises và the ability for women khổng lồ track menstrual cycles from the mày Band 5 too. Something you won"t find on the mi Band 4.

Xiaomi ngươi Band 5 v ngươi Band 4: Smartwatch features

With the addition of a colour touchscreen display on the mày Band 4, it made more sense for Xiaomi khổng lồ roll out the kind of features you"d expect to lớn find on smartwatches.

On the mi Band 4, you"ve got the ability to lớn view notifications (for Android & iOS), see weather forecasts, and control music playing from your phone. It also brought 77 themes you can select from the band itself or from the companion app.

You"ll get all of that on the mi Band 5 too và now it"s beefing up themes up with over 100 lớn choose from. That collection now include animated themes featuring the likes of SpongeBob, Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, và Detective Conan. It"s also letting you use the tracker as a remote shutter for your phone"s camera so you can take pictures from afar.

If you manage lớn get hold of the NFC model of the mày Band 5, you"ll be able lớn use it for door access, paying for transport và it also supports Alipay và UnionPay payment systems. The mi Band 4 NFC edition in comparison offers everything apart from the new UnionPay support. As already mentioned, these are all relevant & useful if you live in China.

Xiaomi ngươi Band 5 v ngươi Band 4: Battery life & price

Xiaomi mày Band 5

Xiaomi has managed to improve battery life on every new generation of the ngươi Band. On the 4, it packed in a 110mAh capacity battery that it said should deliver trăng tròn days of tracking time. In our testing time, it definitely held up to lớn that.

With the mày Band 5, you"re getting a larger 125mAh capacity battery that xiaomi claims should give you the same 20 days. If you opt for the NFC version, that drops to lớn 14 days. It"s hardly surprising it"s less on the NFC version, especially if you make use of the NFC regularly. Ultimately it"s still a good showing on both fronts.

So let"s talk about price. The ngươi Band 4 came in at $40. That was just slightly up from the $30 the ngươi Band 3 came priced in at launch. We don"t have official UK or US pricing, but when you vày the currency conversion, ¥189 for the standard mi Band 5 is around $25 & ¥229 for the mi Band 5 NFC edition is around $30.

So, xiaomi has still managed to lớn keep things affordable and it"s still cheaper than Fitbit"s most affordable tracker, the Inspire, & sits around the same price as the Samsung Galaxy Fit e.

Initial verdict

On paper, it looks like Xiaomi is giving you a fair few reasons to make that upgrade. On the hardware front, the screen is better, the charging setup has thankfully been improved and the heart rate monitor tech has been improved too.

With the software, it"s nice to lớn see women"s health tracking is now included & the PAI Health scores brings more value to lớn your activity tracking. Those animated watch faces look good fun as well.

That"s not to say its arrival makes the mày Band 4 immediately redundant. It"s still a solid tracker in our eyes và made a lot of big improvements on the mày Band 3 to lớn rightfully earn a 4 out of 5 score. That"s the highest we"ve ever scored a ngươi Band.

As pricing is very similar, it seems lượt thích no brainer khổng lồ go new ngươi Band & get those new features on your wrist instead.