Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band, or simply Mi Band because it’s identified in China, is undeniably one of many most popular wearables the world over. It’s small, light-weight, and tremendous low cost, but it goals to do a ton of stuff.
Last 12 months the Mi Band 5 introduced a bigger OLED display screen and a magnetic charging – two main upgrades over the Mi Band 4. This 12 months the display screen sees a fair larger enhance with an edge-to-edge full-color OLED.
Meanwhile the worldwide pandemic made the heart beat oximeters (SpO2) a must have and the Mi Band 6 is retaining with the newest tendencies by including a blood oxygen stage monitor of its personal.
The new Mi Band 6 comes packed throughout the identical lengthy and skinny paper field because the earlier model. The bundle comprises the band itself, one strap (black in our case), and the identical magnetic charger because the Mi Band 5.
Oddly, half of the area contained in the field is wasted to an unbelievably thick handbook. We have not seen such, shall we embrace a e book, shortly!
Design and strap
The Mi Band 6’s physique is similar in dimension to the Mi Band 5 – it is the identical tiny piece of plastic and with tempered glass atop the display screen. The dimension and weight stay just about the identical – 47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7 mm and 12.8 grams (vs. 46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45 mm and 12 grams). And that is nice information for 2 causes – the brand new options did not make the Mi Band larger, and all straps to procure on your Mi Band 5 are suitable with the Mi Band 6.
The main improve is the show – it is now a 1.56″ AMOLED screen with sharp 326ppi resolution (152×486 px) up from 1.1″ (29×126 px, 326ppi). It’s an edge-to-edge panel with the identical form because the band, together with the spherical prime and backside.
Having an all-screen entrance means there isn’t a touch-sensitive key. The entire show is capacitive and also you both swipe (in all instructions), faucet, or faucet and maintain to function with the band. We discovered ourselves reaching for this lacking key sometimes after we wished to return to the watch face, however in per week or so this behavior was gone.
The display screen glass appears to be as prone to scratches because the Mi Band 5’s, so in the event you hope for a harder one, we might need to disappoint you.
The sensors on the backside of the Mi Band 6 have completely different association however are equally skinny. The heart-rate sensor has been upgraded with the power to observe SpO2 (blood oxygen) and that is in all probability why the underside seems completely different. You also can spot the pogo charging pins.
The indentations across the rubber strap are nonetheless right here and they’re going to accumulate dust over time, and we propose cleansing these regularly to keep away from rashes or worse. It certain is not superb, but it surely’s not a headache both.
Finally, the Mi Band 6 is as protected because the earlier mannequin – it has a tempered glass to maintain the display screen secure and the entire thing is waterproofed at as much as 5ATM. We’ve examined one Mi Band 5 at sea water, and it survived, we have seen one other one die upon submersion after which come again to life when hooked on a charger, and we additionally killed one in all these. But in relation to showering and swimming pools – we have by no means had points with the Mi Band 5 mannequin and up to now, the Mi Band 6 is holding fairly properly, too.
Features and interface
The Mi Band 6 works with the Mi Fit app and the core performance stays unchanged – it will probably do heart-rate measurements, sleep monitoring, sport monitoring, present notifications, act as a digital camera shutter, management your default music participant, has the standard alarm/timer/stopwatch features. PAI – Personal Activity Intelligence mode and Stress calculations are additionally current.
Just just like the Mi Band 5, the Mi Smart Band 6 also can observe feminine cycles. Breathing workout routines can be found as properly.
Now, this new Smart Band 6 additionally presents SpO2 measurements and much more sports activities modes. It improves the sleep monitoring with SpO2 measurements and respiratory high quality choices, although these two cut back the battery life considerably. If you allow HR, SpO2 and respiratory high quality throughout sleep, chances are you’ll must recharge your band each three days or so.
The interface of the Mi Band 6 is a well-known affair however unfold over a bigger display screen. You get loads of watch faces within the Store part throughout the Mi Fit app, however practically half of the faces are tailor-made to Asian audiences and shall be unfamiliar, if not outright complicated to the Western customers. Still, there are sufficient to select from and the perfect half is that you may at all times make it yours by selecting a structure of your liking and placing a customized background.
The Mi Smart Band 6 has no button, so it depends solely on swipe gestures for navigation. Swiping up or down on the watch face brings the primary menu with Status (steps, distance, energy), Heart Rate, SpO2, Notifications, Workout, Events, Alarm, Weather, Music, World Clock, Settings and More (containing Stopwatch, Timer, Find Device, Camera shutter).
Swiping left or proper on the watch face cycles between a couple of shortcuts you’ll be able to customise – for instance, climate forecast, music shortcuts, digital camera shutter.
Previously, the Back/Home operate was dealt with by the contact key. Now, it is advisable to swipe from the left to return. Coming from a cellphone it is intuitive alright, however in the event you’ve used the Mi Band 4 or Mi Band 5 loads, it should take a while to cease tapping on the lacking key.
The Mi Smart Band 6 helps all kinds of notifications – emails, incoming calls (with reject choice), SMS, emails, Idle alerts, Goals, and might present many of the third-party notifications corresponding to Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook and Messenger, Skype, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Calendar, video games like Pokemon Go, Mi Home app, and plenty of extra.
The Mi Band 4 was the primary to help non-Latin symbols, like Cyrillic, out of the field with none tweaks. And now, the Mi Band 6 helps a fundamental set of emote icons. This means it will not present all emotes however probably the most fundamental ones, and it will depend on the app, but it surely’s higher than nothing. Those ??? symbols showing as a substitute of emotes are actually occurring much less and we’ll gladly take that.
The Health Monitoring is expanded. You can set the band to measure coronary heart charge at intervals all through the day and provide you with a warning if one thing isn’t trying good. It also can enhance the mentioned interval if it detects sport exercise.
There is assisted sleep monitoring, along with the common sleep monitoring, which will increase the HR measurements. You also can allow Sleep high quality monitoring, which captures your breaths throughout sleep however has a huge effect on battery life.
Continued Stress monitoring measures Stress each 5 minutes, and also you guessed that proper, it additionally reduces the battery life massive time.
The Mi Band 6 is certainly actually good in doing these items – displaying notifications all day lengthy (there may be DND mode or Night mode, in fact), and its coronary heart charge and SpO2 sensor are fairly correct – we examined it in opposition to an everyday oximeter and the deviation was lower than 5% in 9 out of 10 occasions (it actually will depend on how good you’ve got tightened the band.
The sleep monitoring is not that correct, although. It will get the REM sleep proper, so far as we will inform. But the sunshine sleep is a little bit of a blended bag – in the event you have been having an insomnia episode however lied nonetheless, these elements shall be usually marked as mild sleep. And even in the event you received a complete of two hours of sleep at evening, you’d see, say, 7 hours captured from the Mi Smart Band 6. That’s a problem we had with the earlier Mi bands, too, so it isn’t like the brand new one is worse.
Now, let’s speak about exercises. The Mi Band 6 helps a complete of 30 health modes – together with new ones corresponding to Basketball, Zumba, Boxing, HIIT, Pilates, Ice Skating, Street Dance, Badminton. There are six modes which can be routinely acknowledged – Walking, Running, Treadmill, Cycling, Elliptical, Rowing Machine. Indeed, the Band did know after we used the Treadmill and after we have been exterior, so it appears these work as promised. For the remaining 24 modes you’d must activate them manually. What you get from the Workout monitoring is time, correct information on your steps, kilometers, energy, HR, and so forth.
Finally, we wish to point out the PAI, Stress and Breath features. PAI is private exercise index calculated based mostly on steady HR measurements for 60 seconds. It’s a function that encourages you to do higher however given its algorithms we’re not certain it is that dependable. Same goes for stress – it makes use of HR measurements and accelerometer to trace your hand actions for 60 seconds. It sounds alright however we discovered its readings quite inaccurate.
We preferred the respiratory function although – it is quite easy and but it surely does assist with stress – there may be an animation and a fast buzz that tells you when to inhale and exhale.
There is one MIUI unique function – when you have a MIUI-running cellphone, you’ll be able to setup the Mi band 6 to unlock your cellphone and bypass your passcode/fingerprint/face safety.
Battery life and charging
The Mi Band 6 has the identical 125mAh battery because the Mi Band 5. Xiaomi guarantees the identical battery life – round 2 weeks of regular utilization.
In the primary 15 days of our testing, we recharged the band twice, which means we received a full week of battery life with the identical routine we had with the Mi Band 5 however with common HR measurements (each half-hour). It features a ton of notifications throughout any workday – Skype, e-mail, IMs, and so forth., a minimum of 50 time checks, and utilizing normal sleep monitoring operate (no HR, no breath monitoring).
Then we examined with the center charge turned off completely and we received about 18 days of battery life – about 4-5 days down from our ordinary Mi Band 5 battery life. Sounds about proper given the bigger display screen.
Using the heart-rate sensor and the display screen is taking its toll, clearly, however nonetheless – the Mi Band 6 gives nice battery life for such a small system. And it isn’t all-day battery life, it is an all-week and even two weeks, relying in your private utilization. If you exercise extra and observe your HR loads – you’ll be able to anticipate one week, which remains to be fairly good. If not, chances are you’ll not even keep in mind when the final time you recharged it was.
Finally, the Mi Band 6 requires about 2 hours to recharge from 5% to 100%.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 certain looks like a worthy improve over the Mi Band 5. It has a bigger edge-to-edge show, helps SpO2 monitoring and in COVID-times this could possibly be purpose for improve by itself, and it would not change the design or the strap dimension, so you should utilize all these colourful bands to procure on your previous Band.
The Mi Band 6 prices €44.99, which is €5 dearer than the Mi Band 5 at launch. That’s not loads contemplating the bigger display screen and the brand new sensors. And it is nonetheless one of many least expensive bands round, with a vibrant group to produce watch faces and loads of options.
Once once more we do not get an NFC choice on the Mi Smart Band 6 – the function as soon as once more reserved for the Chinese mannequin. We do hope Xiaomi overcomes no matter is stopping it from making a world NFC-enabled band and delivers one quickly.
The Mi Smart Band 6 is an inexpensive wearable, so do not anticipate it to dramatically enhance your well being by itself. Then once more, neither will the newest Apple Watch and its Fitness+ paid service. But at its value we might certain describe the Mi Smart Band 6 as an overachiever. It has many of the features rather more costly smartwatches brag about, and but prices a fraction of their value. It’s additionally far more compact, light-weight, and the battery life is wonderful – per week, or two weeks is one thing no smartwatch can supply (with the identical routine because the Band) until it goes into some battery saving mode.
Whether you might be coming from a Mi Band 4 or 5, we might counsel an improve to Mi Band 6 whenever you get a good deal in your market. And if that is going to be your first Mi Band or first good band ever, you will not be disenchanted.
- Small, light-weight, waterproof.
- Compatible with Mi Band 5 straps.
- The edge-to-edge OLED is prime notch at that value.
- Excellent battery life, magnetic charger.
- All-round function set, together with SpO2.
- No NFC (on world model).
- Not that good at sleep monitoring.
- Easy to scratch glass.