Mi Smart Band 6 vs Mi Smart Band 5: Is it Worth Upgrading?

Mi Smart Band 6 vs Mi Smart Band 5
Source: mi.com

Xiaomi’s launch event did not only feature multiple Mi smartphones but also the next-gen fitness band, the Mi Smart Band 6. Indeed the Mi Band 6 packs generational upgrades and improvements than its predecessor, the Mi Band 5. Wondering what all improvements? A comparison ought to give a clear difference between these two iterations of Mi bands. So, let’s dive in.

TL;DR: The Mi Band 6 has upgraded specs in almost all the aspects compared to the Mi Band 5 with the SpO2 sensor being a major add-on.

Mi Smart Band 6 vs Mi Smart Band 5

The display of a gadget could be personified as the “face” of a gadget and let’s begin the comparison by taking display on both generations.

Display

The all-new Mi Smart Band 6 features a display with rounded corners. According to the official spec sheet, this is a 1.56” AMOLED display. Whereas its predecessor comes with a 1.1″ AMOLED display. So clearly, Xiaomi increased the screen real-estate with the new Smart Band 6 which is a good thing.

As such, the Mi Band 6 seemingly offers about 50% more screen real estate than the Band 5. Also, the screen on the Band 6 has 152 x 486 px resolution (326PPI) and brightness up to 450 nits. The screen is covered with tempered glass with an anti-fingerprint coating.

Battery Life

Being a wearable running on battery, the battery capacity is yet another parameter that a buyer should consider before going for a wearable. The Mi Band 6 boasts a 125 mAh LiPo battery that is the same size as the Mi Band 5 and promises the same 14-day battery life. Note that, despite having a larger screen, Mi Band 6 is capable of delivering the same battery life as the Band 5 according to Xiaomi.

Another area where Mi Band 6 matches the Mi Band 5 is the use of the same magnetic snap-on charging.

Fitness Modes

Woman with Mi Smart Band 6

One of the good characteristics of a fitness tracker is the availability of plenty of fitness modes by which a user can track various aspects of health. The Mi Band 6 comes with additional health features including female health tracking and stress monitoring. When it comes to exercising, there are 30 fitness modes, double that of the Mi Band 5.

Among the 30 fitness modes, 6 of them can be auto-detected: walking, treadmill, cycling, rowing machine (ergometer) and elliptical.

Water Resistance

The Mi Band is said to be water-resistant up to 5 ATM similar to the Mi Band 5. Mi didn’t mention any official IP rating though. As per Xiaomi, the 50 m water resistance is based on standard GB/T 30106-2013 and has been tested by the China National Horological Quality Supervision and Testing Center. Water-resistance report numbers: Mi Smart Band 5: QT2003010. The water resistance rating is 5 ATM (equivalent to a depth of 50 m underwater), allowing the device to be worn while showering and swimming, but not in saunas or when diving; so you can take it swimming and even snorkelling.

So in terms of Water resistance capability, Xiaomi hasn’t made any improvements such as official IP rating. Likely an official IP rating would have led Xiaomi to price the gadget a little high so refrain.

SpO2 Tracking

One of the major upgrades is the inclusion of SpO2 tracking. It not only enables the band to track blood oxygen level during exercise but also allows it to track your breathing quality while you sleep (REM tracking is available too).

A heart rate monitor does exist like the Band 5, enabling us to track our heartbeats 24×7.

Dimensions

Both Mi Band 5 and Mi Band 6 measures 47.4×18.6×12.7mm. The strap length can be adjusted between 155mm and 219mm.

Availability

The Mi Band 6 comes with a silicone strap available in Black, Orange, Yellow, Olive, Ivory and Blue. It’ll be available in China soon for CNY 230 ($35/€30) for the regular version. The NFC edition costs CNY 280. In Europe, the band will likely cost €45.

If you cannot wait it release, you can get Mi Smart Band 6 Chinease version from Gearbest.

Whereas the Mi Band 5 was launched with 6 available colour options: Yellow, Teal, Navy Blue, Mint Green, Orange and Black. In China, it was launched with an introductory price of US$26.68 for the non-NFC variant, and $32.33 for the NFC enabled.

At A Glance – Mi Band 6 vs Mi Band 5 Specifications

SpecificationsMi Band 6Mi Band 5
Display1.56”1.1”
Battery125mAh Li-Po(14-day battery life)125mAh Li-Po(14-day battery life)
SpO2YesNo
Dimensions47.4×18.6×12.7mm47.4×18.6×12.7mm
Fitness Modes3015
Introductory Price$35/€30US$26.68

Now that’s a quick comparison of Mi Band 6 and Band 5. Hit the comment box and let us know your view on the brand new Mi Smart Band 6.

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