Xiaomi has its own smartband series that has conquered the world. As you know, the Mi band is one of the best-selling fitness trackers on the globe. Last year, after two years of the Mi Band 3’s launch, the manufacturer released the Mi Band 4. The main improvement of this band in comparison to the previous generation was the color screen and addition of the Xiao Ai voice assistant.
Well, we already used to see Xiaomi launching a new smartband once in two years. But the competition has become even fiercer and this manufacturer can’t behave like previous years. Moreover, it not only has to accelerate the launch schedule but also bring more attractive features to its new product, keeping the price unchanged. In this sense, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is expected to come with a few improvements.
Let’s see what people want to see in the upcoming model and what it will feature in real.
Apart from the Mi Band series, Xiaomi has had another fitness tracker line known as Hey. However, this series is available for purchase only in China. But if we took at the Hey products, we can see that it serves as an ‘experimental model’ for the ‘main model’. We mean the Hey+ bracelet was announced shortly after the Mi Band 3. Surprisingly, it has had the same features as the latter. But there was a key change – it came with a color screen, lacking on the Mi Band 3. As you understand, this design was later found on the Xiaomi Mi Band 4.
So there is every reason to think the Hey+ 1S comes with the same design as the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will. If believing in this thesis, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 won’t see drastic design changes. But the rectangular shape may get more rounded corners.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Features
The Huami executive also added that it was looking forward to “developing and producing future generations of the Mi-Band, including variants targeting different global market segments and customer profiles.” And though he didn’t disclose anything certain, we guess Xiaomi has preserved ECG for this model. This has become standard for the smartwatches coming our way from top brands. So if Xiaomi wants to stay competitive, it should try to bring more smartwatch-specific features to the smartbands.
Another much-rumored feature is global NFC support. Yes, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 supports NFC but it is enabled only for Chinese services. This time, there is every reason to think Xiaomi will activate the global NFC support and allow users to make payments via Google Pay and Apple Pay. Moreover, the Hey+ 1S comes with an improved NFC chip. So this will make the contact-less payment faster and more convenient.
The next big improvement over the Mi Band 4 should be a larger screen. It’s rumored the forthcoming Mi Band will sport a 1.2-inch color display, which is slightly larger than the 0.95-inch display of the Mi Band 4. This display should have better visibility under direct sunlight. But we can’t say it will be using another display technology. Likely, the new screen will have filters placed over the display.
One of the most noticeable advantages of the smartwatches over the smartbands is GPS. It missed from the Mi Band 4 as well as from all top-branded fitness trackers. As you know, when you need to track your run on the Mi Band, you should connect it to your phone. But this is not convenient to exercise with your phone. And though we have no imagination of how Xiaomi can put so many chips into a small body, we still hope the Mi Band 5 will come with its own GPS chip.
Xiaomi is competing not only with Chinese brands such as Huawei, Honor and the likes but also with the world champions. Say, Fitbit is known for its amazing products. One of the biggest advantages the Fitbit trackers come with is that they can automatically sense when you start working out and automatically start recording. So it’s guessed the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will add something like this to the upcoming Mi Band.
We are sure it will use a Bluetooth 5.1 chip. This technology has a number of improvements and comes with a few new features such as direction-finding, which can understand where the signal comes from. Thus, Bluetooth devices can now figure out the precise location of a device down to the centimeter. Plus, this technology provides a faster connection with less power. This will greatly improve battery life.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Launch Date and Price
When the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 was out, it managed to sell over a million units in just 8 days. We are almost sure the new model will perform similarly. Huami has already confirmed the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is in works. And if taking into account that the Mi Band 4 was launched in June 2019, there is every reason to think the new model will be uncovered at the same time. Anyways, Huami executive, in a Q&A, didn’t disclose any specific launch date. “We do not have a fixed time when we’re going to launch Mi Band 5”, said Huang. “But I would say that we have already started working on Mi Band 5 with Xiaomi and it’s not going to take that long.”
As for pricing, of course, it’s difficult to guess how much it will cost. But we can use Mi Band 4’s price of $39.99 as reference. One of its closest rivals is the Honor Band 5, and it is priced at $36.99. So we guess the manufacturer won’t offer the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 at a higher price tag than the current model.