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Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review: Does it Worth Buying?

ByJoe Horner 2020-06-11 5133

On the afternoon of June 11, Xiaomi officially released Xiaomi Mi Band 5. Compared with the previous generation Mi Band 4, the Mi Band 5 supports dynamic watch dial and with five new sports modes. What’s more, it also uses magnetic charging for the first time and adds remote control to take photos. However, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is still divided into NFC version and standard version, with prices of RMB229 and RMB189 respectively. At this point, does this latest Xiaomi Mi Band 5 worth buying? Here give you a detailed Xiaomi Mi Band 5 review.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review: Dynamic Design

Equipped with a large 1.1inch AMOLED dynamic color display screen, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is the first Xiaomi bracelet to support the dynamic display. According to Xiaomi, its display area is 20% larger than that of the previous Mi Band 4.

In addition, the screen surface of Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is protected by 2.5D scratch-resistant glass panel, the screen backlight is enhanced again, up to more than 450nit, there are five levels of brightness adjustable, even in outdoor can also be clearly displayed.

 

What’s more, Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has a rich color wristband to choose from, a total of 8 colorful wristbands, including two two-color wristbands, namely, graphite black, deep blue, lotus root powder, dynamic orange, bronze purple, vitality yellow, light green, dark cyan. Meanwhile, the Mi Smart Band 5 watch strap is still made of TPU, which makes it more comfortable to wear.

 

More interesting, in addition to supporting dynamic watch dials, there are more than 100 online-themed Xiaomi Mi Band 5 dials, including 54 IP watch faces, including SpongeBob, New Century Evangelical Warriors, Hatsune Miku, Detective Conan, and other super IP. The watch face also supports custom functions, and functional modules can be added according to your own needs.


Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review: Multiple Sports Function

Exercise and fitness are still the focus of Xiaomi Mi Band, Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has a built-in high-precision six-axis motion sensor (3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope), which supports 50 meters of water resistance, basically consistent with Xiaomi Mi Band 4.

 

What is interesting is that Xiaomi Mi Band 5 adds five sports modes: rowing machine, yoga, rope skipping, elliptical machine, and indoor cycling, plus six outdoor sports modes such as swimming, outdoor running, indoor running, walking, exercise and cycling. Now Xiaomi Mi Band 5 supports a total of 11 sports modes.

 

After this upgrade, Xiaomi Mi Band 5 can not only be competent for outdoor sports scenes but also supplement the anaerobic exercise scenes in the gym.


Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review: Practical Health Monitoring

In terms of health function, Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is equipped with a PPG biosensor, and the heart rate monitoring algorithm is further optimized. It also supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring function, but the data acquisition is more accurate than the previous generation Mi Band 4. According to the official data of Xiaomi, the accuracy of sleep monitoring has increased by 40%, and the accuracy of irregular movement in heart rate monitoring has increased by up to 50%. Among them, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC version also supports infrared monitoring, which can avoid the interference of visible green light at night.

 

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 not only extends the 24-hour heart rate monitoring function, but also adds sporadic nap mode, and lunch naps can also record sleep data. In addition, Xiaomi Mi Band 5 also adds a pressure monitoring function, so that you can understand your own pressure state by pressure monitoring, and when you are under high pressure, you can express your pressure in time.

 

What’s more, Xiaomi Mi Band 5 also introduces the PAI algorithm for the first time. PAI is a personal activity indicator, which converts the heart rate value into a more meaningful PAI value through the algorithm, which allows the user to control the body state more intuitively.

 

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 also provides menstrual period prediction and bracelet vibration reminders for female users.

 

In terms of daily functions, Xiaomi Mi Band 5 adds UnionPay Quick Pass (OTA upgrade in August) and remote control photography, and the charging mode is also upgraded to a magnetic design, which can be recharged without disassembly, making charging more simple and convenient. The important thing is that with so many new features added to the Xiaomi Mi Band 5, it still provides 14 days of battery life.

 

The Verdict

Compared with the previous generation, the screen size of Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has been greatly upgraded to 1.1in, as well as richer exercise patterns and more accurate and detailed health monitoring. With colorful wristbands and hundreds of themed dials, the comprehensive experience is still the best in the smart bracelet, and the smart bracelet with a price of about 200 yuan can even compete with some of the functions of the smartwatch. It is recommended that users choose Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC version, the experience will be better.


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