Earlier this month, Xiaomi launched the Mi Band 6 in its home market, China. The 6th iteration of the fitness tracker from Xiaomi comes with a bunch of internal changes while retaining the same design footprint of its predecessor, the Mi Band 5. With the launch of a successor, the owners of the Mi Band 5 might want to know what improvements does the latest Band 6 offers.
Today in this piece, we’ll be comparing the all-new Mi Band 6 with the Mi Band 5 and will be highlighting the major differences between the two.
Mi Band 6 vs Mi Band 5: Design, Specs, Features
Display & Design
Just the earlier Mi Band model, the Mi Band 6 also follows the formula of carrying the same design footprint with a few changes here and there. This time around, the Mi Band 6 has a larger 1.56-inch AMOLED screen as compared to the 1.1-inch display on the Mi Band 5. Unlike the touch capacitive button on Band 5, the Band 6 has a full-screen design offering two app icons to view on the screen.
In terms of the resolution, the display resolution has improved from 126 x 294 pixels to 152 x 482 pixels. The 16 Bit screen has 450 nits of peak brightness which remains the same as compared to the predecessor. The overall dimensions of the Band also remain the same meaning that you can use your old Mi Band 5’s strap with the Band 6.
Tech Specs, Internals, Battery
The Mi Band 6 gets some advancements over the Mi Band 5 in terms of the internals. The Mi Band 6 comes with 2MB of RAM and 32MB of Flash storage as compared to the 512KB of RAM and 16 MB of ROM in the Mi Band 5. The wearable has now got you covered with a SpO2 sensor for monitoring blood oxygen levels.
In terms of the battery, it has the same 125mAh cell which is said to last for up to 14 days on normal mode and up to 19 days on power-saving mode. The band can be charged using the magnetic charging cable bundled with the smart band. It has the same 50-meter water-proof rating as seen in the predecessor.
Fitness Modes & Features
One of the major highlights of Band 6 is the increased number of workout modes. Instead of 11 sports/workout modes seen in the Mi Band 5, the successor offers whopping 30 sports/workout modes. These include Basketball, Boxing, Zumba, HIIT, Core Training, Pilates, Ice skating, Badminton, Street dance, and many more.
Breathing mode, Stress monitor, and Menstrual tracking are some of the other useful features of the Mi Band 6. Aside from this, the Call alerts, Idle alerts, Message alerts can all be seen on the smart band.
The Mi Band 6 also comes with a Sleep and Nap tracking feature which was again found in the Mi Band 5. When paired with the Mi Fit app, it can show a detailed report of the sleep/nap. It also has the REM(Rapid Eye Moment) feature that tracks the rapid eye moments while sleeping giving a sleep score to improve on your sleep. The smart band has the PAI(Personal Activity Intelligence tracker) that shows a fitness score depending on the exercises and workout routine in the last 7 days.
Major Differences Between the Mi Band 6 and Mi Band 5
|Mi Band 6||Mi Band 5|
|1.56-inch display||1.1-inch display|
|No Buttons, Full Screen panel||Touch/Wakeup button|
|2MB RAM, 32MB ROM||512KB RAM, 16MB ROM|
|SpO2 sensor||No SpO2 sensor|
|30 Workout modes||11 Workout modes|
|12.8 grams||11.9 grams|
For the asking price of $49.99 on the Giztop Shop, the Mi Band 6 offers way more features in comparison to the Mi Band 5. But it totally, depends on the user, if 11 sports modes are fine with you, and a slightly smaller screen would do, then the Mi Band 5 for $29.99 is still a great choice. For those who are already owning the Band 5, there’s no actual reason to upgrade apart from the bigger display, more sports modes, and the added SpO2 sensor.
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