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Xiaomi Mi Band 5: What’s New?

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Every year, we call Xiaomi’s latest Mi Band the “best affordable fitness tracker.” And every year, the company needs to do very little to achieve that distinction. Xiaomi nailed the formula early on; its trackers have always offered the basics for a fraction of the price of competing products.

This year’s release is no different. The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is only a small step up from the Mi Band 4, and really only offers a handful of new features over its predecessors. Are those small changes enough to let it compete in the big leagues? And how does it compare to closer competition such as the Fitbit Inspire HR? Read our Xiaomi Mi Band 5 review to learn more.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5: What’s new?

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 (aka the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 in some regions) is Xiaomi’s latest affordable fitness tracker. It’s a slight improvement over 2019’s Xiaomi Mi Band 4, with a somewhat upgraded design and a few new health features to keep you motivated.

The Mi Band 5 and Mi Band 4 look very similar, though the new fitness tracker is actually slightly larger. It has a 20% larger AMOLED display at 1.1 inches and supports 100% of the P3 color gamut. The display is fine. It can get pretty bright outdoors in direct sunlight. There’s no ambient light sensor, so you might find yourself adjusting brightness more than you’d like.

The Mi Band 5’s larger size unfortunately means you won’t be able to use your older Mi Band 4 or 3 bands with the new device. There are lots of third-party options available on Amazon if you want to add a splash of color to your wrist.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is a battery champ.

The Mi Band 5 is a battery champ — not as much of a champ as the Mi Band 4, however. It can last 14 days on a single charge with “normal use” compared to the Mi Band 4’s 20 days. Xiaomi says you can still get 20 days out of the Mi Band 5 if you take power saving precautions like turning off heart rate monitoring, raise-to-wake, and sleep tracking.

With normal use and tracking a few exercises throughout the week, my Mi Band 5 is on track to last about 13 days on a charge — just under what Xiaomi estimates. I was also digging into the interface quite a bit during that time, so I don’t think it’d be too difficult to squeeze a little more battery out of the device. Regardless, you’ll be able to wear the Mi Band 5 for well over a week without worrying about charging it.

Speaking of charging, the Mi Band 5’s charger is vastly improved over every other Mi Band charger. It’s magnetic and connects to the tracker via pins, so you no longer need to detach the device from its band in order to charge it. Hallelujah! The charger is longer now, too, so no more of this four-inch-long charging cable nonsense.

Xiaomi integrated PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) metrics into the Mi Band 5 to give you a better idea of your overall health and wellness. PAI gives you a score based on your sex, age, heart rate, and other data. Basically everything you do throughout the day adds to your PAI score, but you’ll get the most PAI points for vigorously exercising and keeping your heart rate in a higher zone. The goal is to keep your PAI score above 100.

PAI is similar to what we’ve seen from Fitbit with Active Zone Minutes and Google with Heart Points and Move Minutes. Since it takes into account how you’re moving — not just the fact that you are moving — this should give you more accurate insights into how healthy you are.

A few other notable upgrades Xiaomi included in the Mi Band 5:

  • Additional sport tracking: The Mi Band 5 can track 11 sport modes, up from the Mi Band 4’s six. It still tracks outdoor running, treadmill, cycling, walking, pool swimming, and the catch-all freestyle, and adds elliptical, jump rope, indoor cycling, yoga, and rowing machine exercises.
  • More frequent heart rate monitoring: The Mi Band 5 can record your heart rate 24 hours a day, even while you’re sleeping. You can set it to automatically record throughout the day, only when you sleep, or both depending on how much battery you’d like it to use.
  • Better sleep tracking: The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 can now track REM sleep in addition to deep and light sleep. It can also track naps during the day.
  • Menstrual cycle tracking: Xiaomi added menstrual cycle tracking to the Mi Band 5, which records your menstrual cycle and ovulation phases. Mi Fit will give you reminders before each period, too. I wasn’t able to test this feature, of course, so I can’t comment on its usefulness.

What’s it good at?

Above all else, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is a solid overall fitness tracker — especially for the money. Step tracking is good, and I never once thought my daily step count was outrageously off compared to other trackers.

I’ve found sleep tracking to be quite accurate compared to my Galaxy Watch 3. The addition of REM sleep in Mi Fit is helpful for getting a more detailed overview of your sleep quality. I also like Mi Fit’s sleep quality analysis. It provides genuinely useful feedback instead of some boilerplate response many other fitness apps give you.

My sleep score has been relatively accurate, too, though I do want to note that not all reviewers have had the same experience as me. My sleep score never got above a 78/100 — which is about how I’ve felt over the past week or so. Others have reported outrageously high sleep scores. I’ll update you if I experience any of these issues going forward.

The quality of the heart rate sensor was good, for the most part. It actually matched up quite well with the readings I got from my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro and Wahoo Tickr X chest strap during a five-mile run (see above). All three reported an average heart rate of 148-150, and each device stuck closely to one another for highs and lows throughout each interval.

Other upsides to the Mi Band 5 include:

  • Connected GPS performance: First, the fact that connected GPS is here in the first place is extremely handy. It was also quick to catch on to my phone’s GPS, and reported data accurately in Mi Fit after my two bike rides around town on one night.
  • PAI support can help keep you on track: I like that Xiaomi included PAI in the Mi Band 5. It’s not always super clear how to earn a certain amount of PAI points, and the interface can be a bit confusing. However, any attempt to gamify activity to keep people motivated can prove to be really beneficial for users.
  • Useful smart features: App notifications and phone calls come through quickly and reliably. Night Mode dims the band’s screen automatically on a schedule, and you can set the display to only recognize lift-to-wake at certain times of the day. You can even set vibration patterns for certain apps.
  • Overall reliable connection: The Mi Band 5 didn’t drop connection with my Pixel 4 XL or Pixel 4a one time throughout the review period. I wish I could say that for other wearables.
  • New watch faces: Everyone likes customizing their devices. The Mi Band 5 supports more than 100 new watch faces. It was easy to find a handful that I would use on a daily basis.
  • iOS compatibility: Not all fitness trackers are compatible with iPhones, but the Mi Band 5 is. As long as your iPhone is running iOS 10 or above, you can connect the Mi Band 5 to your phone.

Are there any downsides?

Yep. Remember, this is a sub-$50 activity tracker, so there will be some downsides.

Xiaomi’s Mi Fit app is fine and will surely satisfy the majority of users, but I’ve had a hard time getting used to it. I don’t like how difficult it is to check my activity history. There’s no tab for it, and once you find the current day’s stats it’s not all that intuitive to find what you’re looking for. Also, Mi Fit prioritizes dedicated tabs for tracking walks, runs, and cycling sessions, but you really wouldn’t need these unless you’re taking your phone with you during your exercises. The whole app could use a refresh in my opinion.

Xiaomi’s Chinese roots show themselves in various parts of Mi Fit, too. Translation issues like “21 PAI less than the next goal” and “Why PAI is scientific?” can be found in the app. Mi Fit doesn’t always respect your time format (12hr vs. 24hr) either.

There are data issues in Mi Fit, too. You are able to set the Mi Band 5’s heart rate monitor to record every few minutes throughout the day. However, Mi Fit doesn’t show resting heart rate data over time. It only shows manually taken heart rate readings.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 region-specific features

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is available in the UK, Europe, China, India, and other regions, but not all Mi Band 5s are created equally.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 in China comes with NFC support for contactless payments, the XiaoAI voice assistant, as well as a pulse oximeter for SpO2 readings.

Global variants (aka all variants outside of China) don’t have NFC, a voice assistant, or a pulse oximeter. Womp womp. Mi Band 5s sold in Russia have NFC, though.

I tested the global Mi Band 5, so I didn’t have access to any of these features. It’s possible an updated Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Pro would launch globally with NFC, a pulse oximeter, and Amazon Alexa support, but we’ve heard nothing official from the company in regards to that launch.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is absolutely the best fitness tracker you can buy under $50.

Mi Fit is kind of a headache to use. Many other pricier devices offer better apps and give you easier access to your health data. Fitbit comes to mind right away. The Inspire HR is the closest competition to the Mi Band 5 in terms of price and features, though it’s not readily available online at the time of this writing.

The Fitbit Charge 4 is our favorite fitness tracker available right now, even after reviewing the Mi Band 5. It costs triple, though, which puts it in a very different market than the Mi Band.

Xiaomi has done it again. The Mi Band 5 is absolutely the best fitness tracker you can buy under $50. Just remember you’re making some sacrifices for that lower price tag.

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Oppo and Vivo commits 3 years of software support for its X Series phones

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Recently there found a trend like major smartphone manufacturers extending the software support for their premium smartphones. Oppo confirmed to Android Planet that the Find X3 series will extend their software support from two to three years in total. Generally, Oppo giving two years of software support for their smartphones. If all works fine as heard, then the latest Find X3 series phones are eligible for at least two Android version updates (Android 12 and Android 13)updates. And Vivo also going the same way for its X-series. It’s been said like models launched after July 2021 will be eligible for three major Android OS upgrades and security updates according to the press release.

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OnePlus 9 series, launch date and specifications

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OnePlus is planning to launch its three flagship smartphones in India on March 23, 2021. As per the latest report, OnePlus is ready to launch the below smartphones on the launch day.

OnePlus 9
OnePlus 9 Pro
OnePlus 9E

We assume the first two smartphones will have similar dimensions but the Pro model might include top-end features. And the OnePlus 9E might be the replacement for the current OnePlus Nord. Currently, there are more teasers telling about the appearance (both front and back)of the smartphone in detail. At this time we can only predict the price range for these phones like 40000,48000 and 30000 respectively in India.

 

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Budget Smartphone selection for 2021 January

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Best economic mobile phones for January 2021

Nowadays mobile phones are used for several purposes. Some of them are important and some of them for time pass.

What are the main use of mobile phones?

  1. Make calls
  2. Send Messages
  3. Surf Websites
  4. Capture your best moments
  5. Enter into online and offline applications.

To fulfill this, and average person only need a phone with price around 10,000 RS. Selecting a phone with maximum features is a himalayan task for few. Here are my list of budget phones for the month of January 2021.

5. Realme C15 3GB 32 GB

Realme C15 only have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. You might be wondering why this phone entered into my top 5 budget phone list for the new decade.

Following are key elements making the Realme C15 in my favorite list.

  • 6.52 inch HD Display
  • 13MP AI Quad Camera
  • 6000 mAh battery

Realme C15 can be preferred for those who are looking for a good photography experience and huge battery backup.

4. Redmi 9 Prime 4GB 64GB

Redmi 9 Prime outperformed Realme C15 with its 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.

Other few features are

  • A descent 5020 mAh battery
  • 6.53 full HD Display
  • AI Quad Camera

3. Oppo A5 2020 3GB 64GB

Oppo A5 beaten Redmi 9 Prime with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octa core processor. I personally like Qualcomm processors over MediaTek.

Key other features include

  • 64 GB internal memory
  • Snapdragon 665 Octa Core Processor
  • 5000 mAh battery

2. Samsung Galaxy M11 3GB 32 GB

Even though the Galaxy M11 comes with 3GB RAM 32GB internal memory, the position of the selfi Camera given rank 2 in my list. Most of the under 10K range Smartphones comes with water drop Camera. Hence the punch hole Camera in the Galaxy M11 making it favorable for many. Moreover Samsung has more brand value than the other phones in the list. At least from my point for view. There is no need for an argument at this time.

Here are some of the other key features

  • Expandable memory support upto 512GB
  • Qualcomm octa core processor
  • 5000 mAh battery

1. Redmi 9 4GB 128 GB

While seeing the heading itself you might have noticed the heavy internal memory. Getting a Smartphone with 128GB under 10K is the only reason making Redmi 9 in the top of my list. 4GB RAM and 128GB internal memory gives enough room  for us store and capture whatever we wants.

Other Key features are

  • 5000 mAh battery
  • 6.53 HD display

Note: I have checked our main online ecommerce websites prior to writing this article. There might be small variations in the price when you check the price online. Sellers keep changing in Flipkart and Amazon. I’m sure that these phones can be purchased within 10000RS. If you see the price above 10000RS, please visit the site on a later point so that the seller with less price shows again.

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