The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 is the new edition of the bracelet of the Chinese brand that has been giving such good results since the first edition was launched there in 2014, and due to its characteristics, new features compared to previous generations, and quality ratio. price, it is positioned as one of the best smart bracelets to buy in 2020.
And is that each new edition of this bracelet, continues to work just as well in sales, since it perfectly combines two very important concepts for any buyer, such as good quality and a very competitive price, attributes with which it seeks to stand up to the HONOR Band 5 that we tested here a while ago.
It has differences with respect to the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 but it is not revolutionary in every way, although it does keep something intact. Its price is still its main claim, much cheaper than another such as the FitBit Charge 4.
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Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5: Design and screen
As I mentioned above the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 it is very similar to the previous version, with some small difference.
Its dimensions are 47.2 x 18.5 x 12.4 mm with a weight of 11.9 grams for the standard model and 12.1 grams for the version with the NFC chip.
We have a good number of straps available in various colors, some in two tones and there are even bracelets that go with some smartfaces of the bracelet itself, which by the way there are more than 100 at the service of the user.
The screen is larger in the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5, since your panel OLED grows to 1.1 inches with a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels.
The touch screen is 20% larger than in the previous generation and it shows, in addition to that this screen reaches up to 450 nits of brightness (400 on the Mi Band 4). In this bracelet we also have a button below the screen itself that helps us wake up the device or return to the previous screen if we are in any of the menus.
It is clear that this screen is better than the previous generation, not only because it is larger but because it appears of more visual, tactile and transition quality.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 comes with Bluetooth 5.0, 16 MB of internal storage and 512 KB of RAM.
These numbers do not suggest the potential of this bracelet, since everything in it works like a charm, without the need for more internal power. You cannot put songs inside it, for example, which forces you to always have your smartphone connected to the bracelet for a good number of tasks.
But even so the fluidity with which its transitions work, all the menus and submenus and everything that can be done inside, denotes an excellent job by Xiaomi in this regard.
We can match the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 through Bluetooth both in terminals with the iOS and Android operating systems, in addition to having a model of the bracelet that comes with NFC, which in theory should allow us to make payments with the bracelet.
Another of the faculties that have been incorporated in this new version is a remote control to be able to take photos, as a remote shutter.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5: Features
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 It has some very interesting characteristics that we must know in order to know all the secrets of this bracelet.
It is waterproof being able to submerge it up to 50 meters, which means that we can go swimming in the pool with it without problem.
We have a step tracker, a calorie tracker, a reminder to move when sitting for a long time, breathing exercises and the only thing we miss is that we don’t have GPS.
In addition, it has 11 sports tracking modes such as elliptical machine, yoga, rowing machine, exercise bike, rope, treadmill, jogging, cycling, swimming, walking and free training. It also has a new health mode for women, aimed at controlling the menstrual cycle. Another function it has is Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI), which is a metric that converts heart rate data into points for us and thus be able to evaluate our daily physical activity.
Has a system of sleep monitoring, where it shows us (on the phone) the time we spend in the different phases of sleep such as light, deep and REM, something that the previous version could not.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 Not only will it be useful for everything I have told you so far, but we will also be able to receive notifications from our phone on the bracelet (but not answer them) and even know who is calling our terminal.
The battery of this new Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 It is 125 mAh which, according to the brand, is capable of lasting 14 days with charge, being considerably less than the duration of the Mi Band 4 which stood at 20 days, although with a larger screen, of better quality and with more functions, it is logical that autonomy suffers. Even so, it seems to me that 14 days without having to charge the bracelet is a much more than worthy amount.
To load the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 it is necessary to have it connected to the electrical network for two hours. The charging system of the Mi Smart Band 5 has changed compared to what we had seen so far, since in this edition they have opted for a magnetic base instead of a charging base. This has the positive side that the bracelet does not have to be removed from the strap to charge it as it was the case in the previous generation.
Price and conclusion
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 it can be purchased in Spain from next July 23th on the Xiaomi website, Mi Stores, Amazon, El Corte Inglés, Pc Components and Phone House at a price of 39.99 euros.
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