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Xiaomi Mi Band 5

Xiaomi has launched the highly anticipated Mi Band 5. After launching it first in China, the fitness tracker is now available in the UK, select European markets, and India. Carrying forward the legacy of its predecessors, Xiaomi’s latest fitness tracker offers a ton of features at an ultra-cheap price point.

Everything from the display to the sensors to the processor gets an upgrade on the new Mi Band, making it more feature-rich than ever. Let’s look at all that’s new on the Mi Band 5 and how it differs from last year’s Mi Band 4.

Our verdict: Xiaomi Mi Band 5 review: Taking the fight to Fitbit

Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Specs and features

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First, the AMOLED display of the Mi Band 5 is slightly bigger than that of the Mi Band 4. It measures 1.1 inches as opposed to the Mi Band 4’s 0.95-inch screen. That’s not much of a difference, but the screen now has smaller bezels and a larger area to display more information. The resolution is set at 126 x 294 pixels, and it supports 100% of the P3 color gamut. It also comes with a 2.5D tempered glass panel that protects the screen from scratches and abrasions.

There are more than 100 new themed dials to choose from, including 54 IP featured themes such as Spongebob Squarepants, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, and Detective Conan. You can also customize the band interface by adding function modules based on your preference, everyday mood, and personal style.

Also read: The best fitness trackers you can buy

The Mi Band 5 also gets several new sports modes, bringing the total up to 11 in all. In contrast, the Mi Band 4 offered a total of six sports modes. It’s nice to see more indoor activity features on the Mi Band 5. Check out all the new sports modes below.

  1. Outdoor running
  2. Treadmill
  3. Cycling
  4. Walking
  5. Freestyle
  6. Pool swimming
  7. Elliptical (New)
  8. Rowing machine (New)
  9. Jump rope (New)
  10. Indoor cycling (New)
  11. Yoga (New)

Besides the added sports modes, the Mi Band 5 gets many new tracking features and improvements. We’ll have to test out how well they work in our review, but for now, it’s definitely a step up from what you get with the Mi Band 4.

Improved sleep tracking

The Mi Band 5 now has improved sleep monitoring, with continuous heart rate tracking as you snooze. Xiaomi claims this will help identify sleep problems such as irregular and sporadic sleep patterns and rapid eye movement. Based on the data collected, the app will give you suggestions on how to improve your sleep quality.

Blood oxygen tracking

The Mi Band 5 also gets a built-in SpO2 or blood oxygen tracker. This was absent from the Mi Band 4. The tracker can apparently detect your blood oxygen saturation levels every second for eight hours in a row. That’s a total of 28,800 readings in a span of eight hours. This continuous SpO2 monitoring is also aimed at improving sleep quality. It will work in tandem with the Mi Band 5’s sleep tracking function to provide more comprehensive sleep quality feedback.

Women’s health and PAI scoring system

Other new features include menstruation cycle tracking, breath training, remote control for your smartphone camera, and a new PAI Vitality Index. PAI stands for Personal Activity Intelligence and is a feature borrowed from Huami’s Amazfit wearables. It essentially gamifies health tracking by giving you a score between 1-100 based on your daily activity and heart rate.

Magnetic charging

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Apart from the new sports modes and tracking features, the Mi Band 5 also brings a major design tweak. Traditionally, all Mi Bands have had to be popped out of their silicone straps for charging. The new Mi Band 5 does away with that hassle and brings all-new magnetic charging onboard.

The band has a 100mAh battery which, Xiaomi claims, can keep the lights on for up to 14 days on a full charge.

See also: Does the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 work with Xiaomi Mi Band 4 straps?

NFC and voice assistants

In China, the Mi Band 5 brings support for NFC and the XiaoAI voice assistant. The Russian variant of the Mi Band 5 launched with NFC, but the global model lacks this option. In fact, it lacks NFC, SpO2 tracking, and a voice assistant.

Now that you know all that’s new with the Mi Band 5, here’s a quick table summarizing the specs.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5
Display
1.1-inch AMOLED color touchscreen
126 x 294 resolution
450 nits
2.5D reinforced glass and AF coating
Dimensions and weight
46.95 × 18.15 × 12.45mm
155–219mm adjustable length
11.9g
Colors and materials
PC plastic case
TPU strap
Aluminum alloy wristband buckle

Black, blue, pink, orange, purple, yellow, green, gray
Water resistance rating
5ATM
Memory
512KB of RAM
16MB of flash memory
Sensors
Heart rate sensor
SpO2 sensor
NFC
Connected GPS
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
Proximity sensor
Digital MEMS microphone
Battery
125mAh
14-day battery life (advertised)
Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0

Compatibility
Android 5.0 and above
iOS 10.0 and above

Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Price and availability

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The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 comes bearing the same affordable price tag as its predecessor. In China, the regular variant of the Mi Band 5 without NFC will cost 189 yuan (~$26). Meanwhile, the version with NFC will come in at 229 yuan (~$32.38). Both models will go on sale in China on June 18.

The Mi Band 5 is also available in Europe and the UK as the Mi Smart Band 5 (albeit without NFC, SpO2 tracking, and voice assistance). You can buy the Mi Smart Band 5 at €26.99 (~$32) across Europe. In the UK, it’s priced at £24.99 (~$35). Meanwhile, you can pick up the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 in India for 2,999 rupees (~$40).

Mi Band 5 color variants
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
A bit older, but also a bit cheaper
Xiaomi makes great cheap fitness trackers, and the Mi Band 5 is no exception. For well under $50, you get a bigger display, more trackable sport modes, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, improved sleep tracking, and PAI integration.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 vs. Xiaomi Mi Band 6: Which is the right fitness tracker for you?

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Left to right: Xiaomi Mi Band 6, Xiaomi Mi Band 5

Xiaomi’s Mi Band 5 is an impressive fitness tracker, but if you’re yet to pick one up, you might want to consider its successor instead. The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 comes with an even better display experience. Xiaomi removed the bezels and managed to squeeze in a 1.56-inch display into a largely identical body to the Mi Band 5.

Our verdict: Xiaomi Mi Band 6 review: A clear winner

The differences between the Mi Band 5 and Mi Band 6 extend to the sensors, too. While only the Chinese Mi Band 5 variant packed a SpO2 sensor, it comes standard on all Mi Band 6 models. Activity tracking also gains some additional points on the Mi Band 6. While its predecessor tracked only 11 sport modes, the Mi Band 6 turns this up to 30. Six of these are automatically recognized by the Mi Band 6, too. If you’re concerned with multisport compatibility, the Mi Band 6 is the ticket.

The newer model isn’t without its drawbacks, though. The heart rate tracking isn’t as good with the Mi Band 6, and sleep tracking accuracy could also use some work. The Mi Band 6 is also nearly double the price of the Mi Band 5. If you’re okay without the numerous new sports modes and are willing to give SpO2 tracking a pass, the Mi Band 5 is definitely up to the task.

You can pick up the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 for around $60 in the US and is available in the UK for £39.99 and €44.99 in other European markets.

Read more: Xiaomi Mi Band 6 vs. Mi Band 5: Which should you buy?