Like Clockwork, Xiaomi launches a new edition to their famous line of Mi Band fitness trackers, and it’s that time of the year again. Xiaomi launched the Mi Band 5 in China in June and the Global Version has just hit the markets. So, it’s time we did another review of the fifth edition of the most popular Xiaomi Products since its inception. Check out our Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review for all the details.
The Mi Band 5 does have quite a few upgrades when compared to its predecessor the Mi Band 4. It’s equipped with a larger screen and features highly accurate sensors that elevate its value as a fitness tracker. And for the first time, Xiaomi has introduced a solution to their annoying charging methodology.
Read on to find out more about this flagship product. So, let’s get to it, shall we? Here’s the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review.
After having used this band for the past 5 months, I’ve certainly gone through the ups and downs. I’ve reviewed the Mi Band 5 based on various factors like design, function, battery, performance and price. I found that:
The Mi Band 5 is one of the best smart bands in the market. While it is not as good as a Fitbit, it is certainly one of the best among the low to mid-range fitness trackers. Most importantly, it comes with 11 exceptional sports modes and a brilliant battery life of 14 days. It’s also extremely affordable at just $27.99.
Mi Band 5 Features
Mi Band 5 Specs
|Display||1.1 inch AMOLED with full-colour touch screen|
|Resolution||126 x 294p|
|Screen brightness||Up to 450 nits|
|Colour depth||16 bit|
|Button||Single touch button ( to wake up and to return)|
|Connectivity||Base model: Bluetooth version 5.0 BLE|
High-end model: NFC on some models
|Battery||LiPo, 125mAh, 14 days of battery life (NFC), 20 Days (non-NFC)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, PPG heart rate sensor, Capacitive Proximity Sensor, IR detection (NFC variant), Barometer|
|Waterproof||Up to 40 metres for 30 Minutes, 5 atmospheres|
|Features||1) Heart rate monitor(24/7) |
2) Step counter, Sedentary reminder, and stress counter.
3) Workouts(11 modes) and breathing exercises
4) PAI Score
5) Timer and Stopwatch
6) REM + Sleep Monitor
7 ) Camera controller
8) Weather alerts
9) NFC (in some models)
10) Virtual Assistant (Only in the Chinese version as of now)
11) Microphone (Only in the Chinese version as of now)
12) Alarms, Reminders, Notifications
13) Call mute & decline
14) Find phone
15) Silent phone
16) Minor features like brightness control
17) Music controller
18) Event reminder
Mi Band 5 Unboxing
The Mi Band 5 comes in the standard black cardboard packaging. On the packaging, you can find the image of the product and a huge illustration of the number 5. On the sides, you’ll find some technical specifications.
Now, Inside the box you will find:
- A magnetic cable charger (New)
- The Mi Band 5 itself
- And an instruction manual.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 – Design
The Mi Band 5 is similar in design structure to its predecessor. However, the Mi Band 5 is slightly larger in size when compared to the Mi Band 4. It weighs only at 11.1 grams which will basically feel like a breeze or your wrist. This smart band has dimensions of 46 x 12 x 18 mm.
- It is the first Xiaomi smart band to support dynamic display and most importantly, it has a 1.1 inch AMOLED dynamic color display which is around 20% larger than it’s predecessor.
- Although the increase from 0.95 inches to 1.1 inches is negligible, it still is quite useful. As the screen size increased, the bezels have been reduced, resulting in a screen that can display up to an additional line of information. Of course, not an amazing improvement in terms of practicality, but it’s an improvement nonetheless.
- Of course, the Mi Band 5 has a Full Touch-enabled screen. It has a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels and supports DCI-P3 color gamut. The display quality has definitely evolved when compared to the Mi Band 4.
- Most importantly, the surface of the screen is equipped with a 2.5D tempered glass panel that easily protects the display from scratches and minor abrasions.
- Even the screen backlight has been enhanced up to 450 nits with 5 levels of adjustable brightness settings. With the help of the brightness range, this smart band can display information even under direct sunlight.
- The Mi Band 5 at the end of the day is still an accessory. So, it does have a fashion component to it. You get to choose your band from a total of 8 rich color schemes: Graphite Black, Deep Blue, Vitality Yellow, Lotus Root Powder, Light Green, Bronze Purple Dark Cyan and Dynamic Orange.
- Most importantly, the band itself is highly practical. It’s made from a TPU which not only makes it comfortable to wear but also sweat and water-resistant.
At the end of the day, while The Mi Band 5 is not vastly different from the Mi Band 4 it still is a cool watch. Especially, since it comes with more than 100 themed dials, including 54 exclusive IP features themes such as the nostalgic Neon Genesis Evangelion, Spongebob Squarepants, Detective Conan, Hatsune Miku, Ali the Fox and many more.
Like all Xiaomi products, the Mi Band 5 is highly customizable. You can revamp the user interface to suit your needs and personal style. Even with respect to the user interface, you can pretty much customize anything including functions and modes.
Mi Band 5 Function and Use
The Mi Band Series of Smart Bands are primarily fitness trackers. So, clearly, the fifth edition won’t stray away from its core competency. However, In terms of functionality alone, it’s disappointingly similar to the Mi Band 4.
- It’s the same old same old. You just have to swipe up and down to access the various apps and modes that are on the device.
- While the majority of the apps are the same, there are a few new inclusions. It now has a menstrual cycle tracker, a stress level monitor, a personal activity indicator (PAI), and improved sleep tracker, a more accurate health sensor, a remote camera shutter control and 5 new additions to the fitness modes.
- You simply need to keep swiping horizontally to access the various short to your favorite Apps. Of course, you can set the Apps you want to be displayed there through the Mi Fit App.
When it comes to the usage of the Mi Band 5, You certainly get your money’s worth.
- Since health and fitness is the primary function of the device let’s start there. This fitness tracker is equipped with an accurate PPG biosensor that’s been further amplified with an optimized heart rate monitoring algorithm.
- It supports 24- hour heart rate monitoring and a sleep monitoring function both of which have been highly accurate. The health data acquisition feature has also been improved, thereby resulting in a total upgrade of 40% (compared to Mi Band 4) with respect to accuracy.
- It also can be used to monitor pressure, which helps you determine the course with respect to your get. This band also provides a menstrual cycle tracker for female users.
The Mi Band 5 has introduced a personal activity indicator (PAI). This indicator is a first of it’s kind and converts heart rate value into a PAI value which is more useful as it allows the user to control the body state.
- When it comes to daily functions, it does have the basic apps that can be found in all smartwatches, including social media and other play store apps. Other functions include a UnionPay Quick Pass and a remote control photography support.
The Mi Band 5 offers 11 sports modes, unlike its predecessor that offered only 6. Majority of these sports modes are indoor oriented.
- Walking Mode
- Outdoor Running Mode
- Treadmill Mode
- Cycling Mode
- Pool Mode
- Freestyle Swimming Mode
- Jump Rope Mode – New Mode
- Yoga Mode – New Mode
- Rowing Machine Mode – New Mode
- Elliptical – New Mode
Mi Band 5 – Battery Life
When it comes to the battery life of the Mi band 5 there isn’t any significant improvement. The fitness tracker can easily last 14 days on a single charge. However, if you run various modes constantly, it will shorten the life to around 6 days. While the battery life is still maintained at the same level of innovation, the charging process has drastically changed.
- The Mi Band 5 introduces a wonderful improvement with its all-new magnetic charger. This charging cable connects to the charging dock magnetically.
- Which basically means that you don’t have to remove the Smartwatch from the band every time you want to charge the device. This was an extremely annoying issue that Xiaomi solved with the Mi Band 5. This magnetic charging cable is one of the primary reasons the Mi Band 5 is a Must-Buy Xiaomi Product.
Unfortunately, while the process of charging has significantly become easier with the magnetic charging cable, the charging speed itself hasn’t changed which is quite a bummer.
When it comes to the performance I’m a little conflicted, to be honest. Real-time and long term performance is pretty good. There isn’t any issue with the screen sensitivity, execution or overall system performance. With a powerful processor, a 16GB internal memory and a 512KB Ram, you can certainly expect to run your tasks smoothly. There are no lags or stutters with the transitions or animation, even if the internal memory is almost close to completion.
- Most importantly, it’s the Bluetooth 5.0 that really makes it a great device. It offers seamless connectivity. So, notifications appear in real-time without any issues. It is also compatible with smartphones with Android 5.0 or iOS 10 and above.
- While the sports modes are pretty good, there are some issues with the sensors. Which I’ll come to in a bit. The 11 sports modes are great. they run smoothly, offer great insights and data. Especially with PAI score, keeping a track of your health becomes much easy.
- However, while the majority of the bugs have been fixed with the firmware updates, there are some issues. For example, the sleep tracking feature does not accurately capture your deep sleep and REM sleep. Even the heart rate isn’t as accurate as a Fitbit. So, it’s best to invest in this smart band only if you look to use the data as areference or guideline.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review – Final Thoughts
The Mi Band 5 is certainly a unique edition to the Mi Band series. While there are certain remarkable features and additions, the level of improvement from the Mi Band 4s is still dismal. After using the band for around 2 weeks we can honestly say it’s a good fitness tracker with an astonishing level of accuracy. However, when it comes to daily use you really can’t tell the difference between the Mi Band 5 and its predecessor.
- If you primarily use it for fitness, you can definitely see the difference as this one comes with an additional 5 sports modes which are quite useful, to be honest as the majority are indoor modes. If you’re going to use it as a regular smartwatch you’re better of investing in the Mi Band 4.
- While there are certain drawbacks to the device. We should give credit where its due. Xiaomi has drastically improved the charging process with the magnetic charger. However, it’s a shame that the charging speed hasn’t increased one bit.
All in all, it’s a product that’s worth it for those that absolutely require it. If not, stick to the one you have now and wait for the next edition. Hopefully, we can see some major innovation with the Mi Band 6.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Price
You can get the global version of the Mi Band 5 on Aliexpress for $30.
Should I buy MI band 4 or wait for MI Band 5?
Although the Mi Band 5 has improved when compared to the Mi Band 4, the upgrades don’t warrant speedy replacement. Honestly speaking, if you already have a Mi Band 4 your better off waiting for the 6th edition.
- However, if this is your first fitness tracker. Then, by all means, go for the Mi Band 5. It is equipped with highly accurate health and fitness sensors and modes that will definitely help support your goals. Check out our Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Review for more details.