The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 has been announced earlier this year and we got our hands on one. Here’s what we thought:
In terms of looks, the Mi Band 5 and Mi Band 4 look similar, though the Mi Band 5 is actually slightly larger. It has a 20% larger AMOLED display at 1.1 inches and supports 100% of the P3 colour gamut. There’s no ambient light sensor, so you might find yourself adjusting brightness more than you’d like.
The Mi Band 5 records more sports, tracks sleep more intelligently and brings PAI – Personal Activity Intelligence mode. There are also breathing exercises, stress monitoring, a camera shutter, and women can track their monthly biological processes.
7 sports modes were introduced by the Mi Band 4, but the Mi Band 5 extended the list to 11. There is now Rowing Machine, apart from the obvious running and cycling modes, where the band counts the strokes, the drive time and suggests a recovery time; it also counts the performance while jumping rope or being on the elliptical.
The size of the Mi Smart Band 5 grew, allowing Xiaomi to cram a larger cell, so the battery is 125 mAh now. The tracking is also more powerful, while the capacity has increased.
You get about 10 days of battery life by using notifications and raise-to-view and automatic heart rate tracking, but the battery can get up to 12 to 14 days once the notifications are turned off and the raise-to-view feature is limited between certain hours of the day.
The Mi Band 5 is a wearable that makes it an affordable choice for good fitness tracking. Without being too stuffy, this band is built around the idea of low prices, straightforward features and simple design. Above all, it gets the job done.