Smart bands or fitness trackers have become the recent favorite for the fitness freaks enthusiasts mostly those who look for an affordable alternative to the pricey smartwatch. From tracking movement to checking vital signs, the fitness bands can provide a good attribution to improve a user’s workout chart. These smart wearables which have become prevalent in the global market in the past few years had managed to have a Midas touch among the users in India as well.
As per the IDC report, the Indian wearable market recorded a growth of 3 million wearables shipped in Q2, 2019 cementing the position as the third-largest market globally after China.
The fitness bands are a new rage for the tech-savvy folks these days, and the Chinese brand Xiaomi has been able to find its niche in the smart wearable market, courtesy of its decent offering at an affordable price tag. The company’s corival from the hometown – Honor began aping the pricing strategy in the past few years to capture potential customers in the market. And to one’s wonder, Xiaomi’s other competitor Realme has now joined the bandwagon to compete with the company’s affordable Mi smart band series.
Realme recently launched its first smart band – the Realme band for a price of INR 1,499 (roughly translated to NPR 2,400). The band comes with a decent 160 x 80 screen with a virtual button at the bottom to switch between various modes. The Realme band even comes with a cricket mode which is quite new in the market. The band offers the usual fitness activities that any other smart band does in this price ambit- sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, steps tracking, etc.
While the all-new Realme band looks decent on paper, there are a few alternatives that fall under near similar price range. If you are planning to invest your money in the latest fitness band from Realme, here is a comparison table of Realme Band vs Xiaomi Mi Band 4 vs Honor Band 5i that you can take a look at before making your final purchase decision.
Comparison Chart: Realme Band vs Xiaomi Mi band 4 vs Honor Band 5i
|Specifications||Realme Band||Xiaomi Mi Band 4||Honor Band 5i|
|Heart Rate Sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Battery||Up to 10 days||Up to 20 days||Up to 6 days|
The new Realme Band features a 0.96-inch (2.4 cm) TFT LCD panel with a resolution of 160×80 pixel resolution. The band offers a five-level brightness adjustment screen that can be controlled via the Realme Link app.
Honor’s affordable smart band, the Honor Band 5i comes with similar display features as the Realme Band. It comes with a 0.96 TFT LCD screen and has an adjustable screen brightness feature. While the screen size on both the smart bands is similar, the Honor Band 5i offers a full touchscreen display, unlike the Realme Band that only leaves the option of a virtual button to switch between functions.
Compared to the other two, Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 grabs the extra points when it comes to display size and the added benefits. The Mi Band 4 sports a 0.95-inch RGB AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 120 x 240. The slightly bigger display offers a better view with bright colors, deep black and courtesy of 400-nit brightness it’s easy to check notification under the harsh light. And with the recent software update, the Mi Band 4 now has the ability to custom screen timeout between 5 to 10 seconds.
All three smart bands include the basic fitness wearable features like real-time heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, calorie count, etc. However, there are a few added features embraced on these fitness bands that differentiate them from one another.
For instance, the Realme Band features Cricket Mode that is said to show detailed statistics if you are playing a cricket match. In addition to this, the band has nine sports modes including running, yoga to name a few. The band has got a built-in gravity sensor that wakes the screen up when you lift up your wrist.
As for the Honor Band 5i, it retains the SpO2 blood oxygen detection function from Honor Band 5. The SpO2 monitor is said to track oxygen saturation levels in the bloodstream so that one can access the body’s adaption to workouts.
The Mi Band 4, on the other hand, offers improved swim tracking and connected GPS feature. The fitness band is suitable for users who prefer keeping track of swimming pace and stroke count.
Both Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5i features 5ATM resistance. While the Realme Band comes with an IP68 rating.
- 5ATM devices – can withstand splashes, shower and is suitable for swimming, but not meant for sea diving
- IP68 rated devices – can be submerged up to a depth of 1.5m, can survive occasional dips in poolside diving
Battery, Connectivity, and Compatibility
The new Realme Band is equipped with a 90mAh battery and the smart band is claimed to deliver max 10 days usage on a single charge.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 packs a 135mAh Li-polymer battery that is rated to deliver about two weeks (up close 20 days claim made by Xiaomi) usage on a single charge.
The Honor Band 5i, however, loses points when it comes to battery life. The band delivers usage of only 6-7 days on a single charge which is a drawback given it performs the typical wearable activities like the other two bands and tags a slightly higher price than the Realme band.
In terms of connectivity, both Realme Band and the Honor Band 5i supports Bluetooth version 4.2. Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 comes with Bluetooth 5.0 support.
The Honor Band 5i and Mi Band 4 are compatible with the Android and iOS platforms. However, the Realme Band is compatible only with the Android OS.
An added benefit on Realme and Honor’s smart brands is the built-in USB connector which is missing on Mi Band 4. The USB connector enables easy charging of the bands via the USB interface instead of sliding the case as on the Mi Band 4 and put in the charging cradle.
While the standard black screen looks decent and is helpful to check stats at night, it feels offbeat during the daytime. Thankfully, these affordable smart bands come with a bunch of watch faces that you can apply by heading on their custom Watch face store.
The Realme band offers five dial faces that can be selected via the Realme Link app. As for the Honor Band 5i, it has watch faces that can be switched based on the environment like an office, gym among others. The dial faces can be selected from Honor’s Clock Face store. The Mi Band 4 includes anime dial face, big-eyed animated characters and a host of other dial faces that can be accessed via Mi Fit app.
|Price in India|
Price in Nepal
|Xiaomi Mi Band 4|
|Honor Band 5i|
Realme Band vs Xiaomi Mi Band 4 vs Honor Band 5i – Which one to pick?
Considering the price, the new Realme Band looks promising on paper. A decent display with basic wearable features can grab one’s attention when it comes to choosing an affordable fitness tracker. The band gets three color strap options- Black, green and yellow.
However, compared to the Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5i, it misses a few bits and pieces like GPS feature, or music control which comes in handy when you are jogging, and above all the fullscreen touch option.
The Honor Band 5i slips score in terms of battery life, but the rest of the features on the band do tick the boxes of a fitness tracker. Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 does manage to take the favorite spot with a better display, bigger battery and added exercise profiles.
To sum up, if you are looking for a cheap fitness tracker that can perform basic fitness activities, the Realme Band can be a decent option. However, if a big display with vivid colors, better sleep tracker, and longer battery life is what you need in a fitness band, then Xiaomi Mi Band 4 won’t be a disappointment.