After the prolonged wait, finally, Mi Band 5 has been launched in India on June 11, 2020. It is the next product in line after the hugely successful Mi Band 4 that came out last year and poured in a lot of deals for the company. 

With Mi Band 4, Xiaomi gave a lot of intriguing features in a smartwatch and now the expectation bar of Mi Band 5 is too damn high.

As an upgrade to Mi Band 4, what does Mi Band 5 has in stocks for us and how will it be more convenient and useful is the question everyone has in their minds. 

Let’s find this out here where we evaluate both Mi Bands and see what we are in for here. 

Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4: Display and Build-up 

Both Mi Band 5 and 4 are touch-operated and have an AMOLED Display which is quite satisfactory. But the screen has a slight difference with Mi Band 5’s screen being 1.11 inches as compared to 0.95 inches of its predecessor.

Mi Band 5 is made of Polycarbonate while the thermoplastic body has been used in making Mi Band 4. Both of the watches are of a capsule shape and very light-weight to handle. 

While Mi Band 5 has 100+ theme sets, Mi Band 4 has 77. The display of both of the bands is set at 120 x 240 pixels and they have a 2.5D glass protection on top for extra protection. Both the smart bands are water-resistant up to 50 meters which adds a lot more utility if you are working near water. 

Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4: Fitness Modes and Sensors

The majority of the tracking modes of Mi Band 5 are similar to that of its predecessor but with upgrades. But that doesn’t mean Xiaomi hasn’t given anything new in Mi Band 5, in fact, they have introduced some noteworthy modes like – Jump rope, Yoga, Elliptical, and Rowing Machine. These new exercise modes are not there in Mi Band 4.

With enhancing and upgrading the functionality of the sensors no doubt, Mi Band 5 has a better balance of the activity tracking and other sensors but overall, most of the sensors and modes are the same as Mi Band 4’s.

Here is the list of fitness modes that both the Mi Bands have in common –  

  • Treadmill
  • Walking Sensor
  • Outdoor Running
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Exercise

Apart from the above fitness modes, here are the tracking mechanisms that you will find with both Mi Band 5 and Mi Band 4 – 

  • Sleep Tracking
  • Phone Notifications
  • Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Alarms
  • Burned Calories
  • Distance Covered
  • Do Not Disturb Mode

In terms of sensors, Mi Band 5 is jacked up with some amazing sensors like – PPG Heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, barometer, and proximity sensor. 

While Mi Band 4 comes with – 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and a PPG heart rate sensor. 

Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4: Specifications

The comparative study of the dimensions of both smartwatches is as under – 

DimensionMi Band 4Mi Band 5
Height12.7 mm12.4 mm
Width45.72 mm47.2 mm
Depth17.78 mm18.5 mm 
Weight22.1 gm11.9 gm (standard)

12.1 gm (NFC)

Storage16 MB16 MB
RAM512 KB512 KB

 

Though the majority of the features of Mi Band 5 resemble that of Mi Band 4, the upgrades from the previous versions make all the difference. 

Mi Band 5 has 11 sports modes whereas Mi Band 4 comes with 6. Women can even use it to track their health (menstrual cycles) which is why this version is a bit handier for females. The Personal Activity Intelligence or the PAI activity index of Mi Band 5 makes tracking fitness activities a lot easier for the user.

With a view to tracking better, Mi Band 5 has Sleep tracking with REM (Rapid Eye Movements) detection thus improving the 24-hour sleep tracking mechanism. 

Magnetic charging is another prominent update to the Mi Band 5 which is why you can charge it without taking the strap off. The body of Mi Band 4 had to be removed from the strap to charge it. The battery of Mi Band 5 is 125 mAh while Mi Band 4 has a 135 mAh battery. The standard version of Mi Band 5 goes on for 20 days on a single charge and the NFC version stretches to 14.   

Here are the additional features of both the smartwatches – 

Feature Mi Band 5Mi Band 4
Bluetooth V5 BLEV5.0
Compatibility Android Android & iOS
Material Used  Polycarbonate Thermoplastic
Colors available Black, Red, Green, YellowOrange, Purple, Black, Burgundy, and Beige
WiFi Enabled NANo
AI Assistant XiaoAi AI Assistant XiaoAi AI Assistant
Charging Magnetic Via charging dock 

 

Mi Band vs Mi Band 4: Price 

The standard version (Non-NFC) of Mi Band 5 may be bought at a price of 200 Yuan which is roughly INR 2,100. While the NFC version may cost you 30 Yuan more and you’ll be buying it for 229 Yuan or INR 2,500.

On the other hand, Mi Band 4, the standard version costs INR 2,299, while the NFC version, in China, costs about 199 Yuan or INR 2,100. 

Conclusion

While the Mi Band 5 is not robust but it definitely has a lot of impressive upgrades from its predecessor. Also, given that the price it is available for and the additional sensors it brings with itself aimed at improving our health and lifestyle, it is a good utility buy.