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Xiaomi Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4: What's different

Xiaomi Mi Band 5. Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5. (Xiaomi)

The global variant of Xiaomi's Mi Band 5 has been launched. We take a look at what the Mi Band 5 has to offer in comparison with the Mi Band 4. 

Xiaomi launched its latest fitness band ‘Mi Smart Band 5’ globally yesterday at its Mi Ecosystem event. The Mi Band 5 was first made official in China but the global variant lacks an important feature. This time too Xiaomi skipped the NFC sensor for its fitness band.

The Mi Band 5 is priced at EUR 40 which translates to roughly 3,400. Xiaomi is expected to launch the fitness band in India soon but there’s no confirmation on it yet. The fitness band was spotted on the BIS certification website hinting at its imminent launch. Mi Band 5 comes with some major upgrades over last year’s Mi Band 4. We take a look at what's different between the two fitness bands.

Bigger display

Xiaomi has increased the display size on the Mi Band 5 with a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen. The Mi Band 4 has a smaller 0.95-inch display. There are over 100 new watch faces on the Mi Band 5 as well featuring popular characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Case Closed, and Hatsune Miku.

Magnetic dock charging

This is one big improvement on the Mi Band 5 as it doesn’t require users to remove the straps from the fitness tracking to charge it. There’s a magnetic dock now that attaches to the back of the Mi Band 5 for it to start charging.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has lots of coloured straps to choose from.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has lots of coloured straps to choose from. (Xiaomi)

Female health tracking

Mi Band 5 comes with support for menstrual cycle tracking. This is a good addition for female users who can now use the fitness band to keep a track of their menstrual cycle. This feature is not available on the Mi Band 4. It does come with other health features like heart rate and sleep monitoring.

More sports modes

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 comes with 11 professional sports modes like rowing machine, jump rope, indoor cycling and yoga. It also has a Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) feature that gives users better insight on their workouts and fitness. The Mi Band 4 also has sports modes like cycling, walking, pool swimming, and exercise.

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