After teasing its next-gen fitness band on social media in the past week, Xiaomi has officially launched Mi Band 5 in China today. It resembles the Mi Band 4 in terms of design but Xiaomi has done a ton of work to provide users with a comprehensive feature with its affordable fitness tracker. It now includes a larger display, enhanced health tracking, and a new charging mechanism.
Mi Band 5: Specs and Features
Prior to the launch, Xiaomi revealed that the Mi Band 5 comes with a 20 percent larger color touch display over its predecessor. This means that you have a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen in the Mi Band 5 – larger than the 0.95-inch display found on the Mi Band 4.
In addition, the circular capacitive button has been replaced with the inverted button U ‘button. It is similar to the Mi Band 4 NFC version, which did not launch in India. There have been no other design changes on the Mi Band 4, which introduced a flat design last year. The Mi Band 5 is also water-resistant up to 50-m / 5ATM.
We are already getting a watch face feature for the Mi Band 4 but Xiaomi is adding a bunch of new watch faces to the mix. It includes some specials for Detective Conan, Evangelion, and others. More than 100 watch faces can be accessed from the Mi Fit app.
New Health Features
As was rumored for a long time, the Mi Band 5 brings the PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) function in tow for enhanced health tracking. The fitness band is equipped with a heart rate sensor as usual. But, Tor also has a SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels. You will be able to see whether you are using this feature or not.
The Mi Band 5 also brings together new women’s fitness facilities, allowing them to keep track of their menstrual cycle through fitness bands. Apart from this, Xiaomi has given a competition to the total activities, which you can track with Mi Band 5. You had only 6 sport modes available in Mi Band 4, but now it is possible to track 11 different types of activities.
24-Hour Sleep Tracking
One of the well-known complaints with the Mi Band is the lack of 24 x 7 sleep monitoring. The fitness tracker only recorded your night’s sleep and did not take into account any afternoon naps. This change with the Mi Band 5, which brings in 24-hour sleep monitoring.
The sleep monitoring feature has also been updated so that users can get more information about their sleeping patterns. Now you will see information about your REM sleep cycle and sporadic nap in Mi Fit app.
Remote Camera Shutter
Xiaomi added the ability to control music playback on the Mi Band 4 last year. But even if you needed a remote camera shutter button, you still had to use some workaround. Well, you no longer need to rely on the hack as the Mi Band 5 brings a remote camera shutter button to your wrist. Now, you can take some amazing group or single selfie with the touch of a button.
One of the most significant upgrades introduced with the Mi Band 5 is magnetic charging. Xiaomi finally heard user feedback around the hassles of removing Pill from the band to charge it. Now you don’t need to do that, as shown in the GIF above. Xiaomi claims that the new magnetic charger in Mi Band 5. will be automatically snapped. Its battery is 14 days but can last up to 20 days.
Finally, the Mi Band 5 comes in two variants – one with NFC support and the other without. Chinese users will select the NFC version for the convenience of ‘tap and pay’ at bus terminals, coffee shops, and other locations. Xiaomi is likely to bring non-NFC versions to most global markets including India.
Price and availability
The Mi Band 5 is priced at 189 yuan (about Rs 2,030) for the standard variant while the NFC Edition is priced at 229 yuan (about Rs 2,450) in China. It will start selling on 18 June.
Xiaomi has not shared any information about the India launch of Mi Band 5, but we can expect that it will find its way into the country in the next few months. What is your favorite feature of Mi Band 5? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.