The Mi Band 5 is the latest fitness tracker launched by Xiaomi. In many respects, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 isn’t much different from its predecessor but it does come with a few additional features.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
What you get
The overall design of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 hasn’t changed much but somehow they were able to incorporate a slightly larger screen and decrease the overall weight without sacrificing features. As opposed to the Mi Band 4 that weights 22g, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 weighs only 11.9g to 12.1g depending on whether you opt for the NFC or non-NFC version.
In addition, the latest version has a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen running at a resolution of 126*294 with 400 nits of brightness. It also keeps the 2D curved glass and fingerprint coating found on previous generations.
Also, the Mi Band 5 comes with a new magnetic charging mechanism that allows you to charge it without the need to remove the straps and use a cradle. It still takes roughly two hours to fully charge it. Another visible change to this version is the silicone band that offers more adjustments and feels more comfortable.
The Mi Band 5 uses Bluetooth 5.0 to connect with your phone and comes with a precision 6-axis sensor for tracking movement and step counting. Additionally, it has a PPG heart rate sensor used for monitoring blood flow. In fact, all of the sensors on this version are more accurate, and there is a vibration motor to notify you of incoming calls and alerts.
There are 11 sports modes that you can track which include Rowing, Elliptical, Yoga, Indoor and Outdoor Cycling, Swimming, Rope Skipping, Treadmill, Walking, and Free Training. Some of these modes can be found on previous models, but many are new including the Yoga mode.
The MI Band 5 keeps its 5ATM waterproof rating allowing users to enjoy underwater activities up to 50 meters. Synchronizing the band with your smartphone requires the Mi Fit app where you can set heart-rate monitoring, alarms, notifications from specific apps, call and SMS reminders, app shortcuts, download watch faces.
The Mi Fit app also allows you to view charts of your sleep, fitness, and heart rate data after enough information has been accumulated.
The Mi Band also syncs data with Google Fit and you can use other third-party apps like Notify & Fitness for Mi Band for additional features.
Some of the newest software features include a stress level monitor, menstrual cycle calendar, wireless camera control, psychology activity indicator, and breathing exercises. There is no doubt that the MI Band 5 is the most feature-packed version yet.
Lastly, while the Mi Band 5 has a slightly smaller battery at 125mah, this doesn’t affect the battery life that much. You can still expect 14-20 days of activity before needing to charge the tracker. Whether you get 14-20 days will depend on whether you get the NFC or non-NFC version.
Currently, only China has an NFC version but it should be available for other markets soon. Links in this post are for the Non-NFC version and will be updated when available. Also, straps from the previous model can be used on the Mi Band 5 but it’s not a perfect fit. Links in this post will direct you to some color options for the Mi Band 5, of which there are many.
If you’re in the market for a fitness tracker, we see no reason why the Mi Band 5 should be overlooked. Nor should you consider a previous model. With this many features and price, you simply can’t lose.
Price History & Alerts
Price History for Xiaomi Mi Band 5
|Current Price||$27.99||September 15, 2020|
|Highest Price||$31.99||July 2, 2020|
|Lowest Price||$26.99||August 24, 2020|
Last price changes
|$27.99||September 14, 2020|
|$26.99||September 7, 2020|
|$27.99||September 4, 2020|
|$28.49||September 2, 2020|
|$28.99||August 29, 2020|
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