Xiaomi has refreshed its Mi Band series today by announcing the Mi Band 5 in China.
As expected, the highly popular fitness band comes with an array of improvements if compared to its predecessor, the Mi Band 4.
Before I go there, the biggest disappointment is probably the non-existent SpO2 tracking. There was so much rumors about the sensor, but it did not materialize.
SPECIFICATION OF THE MI BAND 5
On a more positive note, the major upgrades in the Mi Band 5 include the screen display of the band which is now sharper, thanks to AMOLED display.
The screen also grew slightly to 1.1-inch which makes the displays very clear and visible.
Like previous versions, the screen display can be customized and changed with third-party designs although the Band 5 comes attached with 100+ themed dials which will definitely make the band more appealing.
Other sensors like the like the accelerometer, heart rate monitor, barometer and gyroscope remain key to this Mi Band specifications and there’s 11 “professional modes”.
The heart monitoring system has been improved and can now detect abnormalities much like the Apple Watch.
Sleep monitoring has also improved with the Mi Band 5 able to extract data related to REM sleep. Women’s health information like menstrual period and ovulation record can also be detected.
The Mi Band 5 also allows a variety of other things like taking pictures remotely, play music, find phone, and mute phone, just to name a few. It can be submerged in up to 50 meters of water in 10 minutes.
The software update of the band also allows PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) score to be displayed. This score give additional insight on how impactful was your workout on your overall well-being and fitness.
Last but not least, the band also comes in two variants, the non-NFC variant and the NFC variant. The NFC variant also adds Xiao Ai’s voice interaction to its system.
Xiaomi guarantees 14 days of battery life with the new band after a 2 hour charge.
This is slightly lower than the 20 days battery life of its predecessor.
The charger however has been improved and now hooks up to the back of the band via magnets.
I am sure this improvement will be much welcomed since previous Mi Bands were rather hard to charge thanks to its charger style.
MI BAND 5 PRICE & AVAILABILITY
The Mi Band is priced at CNY189 ($26) the non-NFC variant and CNY229 ($30) for the variant with NFC.
It will be sold in China from June 18 with availability globally yet to be announced.
Despite that, one can already order the Mi Band 5 through a pre-sale on Gearbest.