After teasing its next-gen fitness band on social media over the past few weeks, Xiaomi has finally launched the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 in China today. The fitness band looks like its predecessor, the Mi Band 4 in terms of design but the company has put in lots of work to offer users more features in its affordable fitness tracker. It now includes a bigger display, enhanced fitness, and health tracking, a new magnetic charging mechanism, and a remote camera control function.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Specifications and Features
#1 Bigger Display
Ahead of the launch, Xiaomi revealed that Mi Band 5 will come with a 20 percent bigger color touch display over Mi Band 4. This means, the Mi Band 5 boasts a 1.1-inch (126 x 294) AMOLED touchscreen display, which is bigger than the 0.95-inch display found on the Mi Band 4.
The display of the band can be customized with the broad selection of official and third-party watch faces. Animated watch faces are also on the menu. There are over 100 watch faces accessible from the Mi Fit app.
#2 New Enhanced Heath Features
The Mi Band 5 brings Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) function in tow for enhanced health tracking. The fitness band comes equipped with a PPG heart rate sensor and now supports stress monitoring as well.
Also, Xiaomi’s Mi Band 5 comes with new women’s health features, enabling them to keep track of their menstrual cycles via the fitness band. The company has bumped up the total number of activities that you can track with the Mi Band 5. Previously, you only had access to 6 sports modes in Mi Band 4 but it’s now possible to track 11 different types of activities including yoga with Mi Band 5.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 can now recognize five swimming styles automatically. Meanwhile, it comes with water-resistant for up to 50 meters (5ATM).
#3 REM Sleep Tracking
One of the well-known complaints with the Mi Band has been the lack of 24 x 7 sleep monitoring. The fitness tracker only recorded your night sleeps and did not take into account any afternoon naps. Now this change with Mi Band 5, which brings in tow 24-hour sleep monitoring.
The sleep monitoring feature has also been updated to give users more insight into their sleeping patterns. You will now see information on your REM sleep cycle and sporadic naps in the Mi Fit app.
#4 Remote Camera Sutter
Last year, Xiaomi added the functionality to control music playback on Mi Band 4. And this year, the company has added a cool new feature, the Mi Band 5 brings along a remote camera shutter button to your wrist. Now, you can take some amazing solo or group selfies with the touch of a button. Isn’t it cool?
#5 Magnetic Charging
One of the most significant upgrades introduced with Mi Band 5 is magnetic charging. Xiaomi finally listened to fans and user feedback around the hassles of removing the central module from the band and attach it to the cradle to charge it. With Mi Band 5, you no longer need to do that. The new magnetic charger will automatically attach in place to juice up the Mi Band 5. It has a battery life of 14 days but can go up to 20 days, claims Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 comes in two variants – one with and another without NFC support. Chinese users will pick up the NFC Edition for the convenience to ‘tap and pay’ at a bus terminal, coffee shop, and more. Xiaomi will most likely bring the non-NFC variant to most of its global markets, including India and Nepal.
Other Specs and Features
There doesn’t seem to be any other changes over the Mi Band 4, which comes with a flat design last year. The sensor remains the same, including accelerometer, barometer, heart rate monitor, and gyroscope, which puts rumors of SpO2 tracking to an end.
And then there’s the heart monitoring on Mi Band 5, which has been improved to detect abnormalities and notify you instantly, as seen on the Apple Watch. Additionally, the PPG sensor is now 50% more accurate over its predecessor.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is currently available for purchase only in China. It will go on sale from June 18.
|Product||Variant||Price in China||Price in Nepal||Availability|
|Xiaomi Mi Band 5||Standard||¥179 (CNY)||~ Rs. 3100 (NPR)||18 June 2020|
|Xiaomi Mi Band 5||NFC Edition||¥229 (CNY)||~ Rs. 4000 (NPR)||18 June 2020|
Xiaomi hasn’t shared any information on the global launch of the international version of Mi Band 5 but we can expect it to find its way to the country over the next couple of months. What’s your favorite feature of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.