Xiaomi is adding new products to its wearables portfolio with the introduction of the Mi Smart Band 5 today. The new unit has an increased size and a list of other hot upgrades for users who owned the Band 4. Its not just the display that has been changed, but the company has also made upgrades to the processor and the sensor features.
Xiaomi says that the AMOLED display on the Smart Band 5 has a maximum brightness of 450 nits and has been outfitted with a 2.5D tempered glass panel to keep it safe.
The Mi Band 5 now provides over 100 new themed dials to choose from, including 54 IP featured themes such as Spongebob Squarepants, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, and Detective Conan. You can also customize the band interface by adding function modules based on your preference, everyday mood, and personal style.
The company has also re-engineered the charging specs and made it more user friendly. The new unit sports magnetic charging.
The band has a 100mAh battery which, Xiaomi claims, can keep the lights on for up to 14 days on a full charge.
Mi Band 5 Sports / Activity Modes
Instead of the half a dozen popular sports mode that the Band 4 supported, the new Xiaomi Band 5 now supports many more modes.
- Outdoor Running
- Pool swimming
- Elliptical (New)
- Rowing machine (New)
- Jump rope (New)
- Indoor cycling (New)
- Yoga (New)
- PAI Health Suite
- Blood Oxygen
- Heart rate
- Women’s health
Among the feature additions, the Mi Band 5 gets a built-in SpO2 sensor in order to track blood oxygen levels. The continuous SpO2 monitoring is a step in the right direction as it can work hand in hand with the new sleep tracking features. The new sleep tracking mechanism now also tracks your restful heart-rate with continuous heart monitoring.
Mi Band 5 Availability and Pricing
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 will be launching in mainland China on June 18th, with the standard version running RMB 189 (US $27) and the NFC version priced at RMB 229 (US $32). There’s no word on an international release date for these watches, but Xiaomi suggests that’s coming soon.
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