What is the difference between Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and Mi Band 5. Buy or skip

At the end of March, Xiaomi presented a new version of one of its most popular gadgets, enjoying unprecedented success in Russia – the Mi Band fitness bracelet.

The sixth generation of the device received a number of noticeable differences from its predecessor. Therefore, now we will figure out whether it is worth ordering a new Mi Band from AliExpress to replace the old one.

As always, let’s compare the last two generations according to the main criteria.

To this topic: Detailed review of Mi Band 5

1. Body and dimensions

The dimensions of the Mi Band 6 are: 46.95 x 18.55 x 12.45 mm by weight 12.8 grams.

Although the dimensions of the novelty have become larger, the changes are insignificant. The new “capsule” is 0.2 mm longer, 0.1 mm wider and thicker in comparison with the fifth generation.

At the end of the device, which is hidden behind the strap, there are barely noticeable grooves. They are needed to secure the device more firmly. However, this does not interfere with the compatibility of the accessories. Straps and chargers interchangeable.

Materials of the case and complete straps for the fifth and sixth versions of the bracelet not differ.

2. Screen

The main and most noticeable difference of the “six” was enlarged display.

The screen is now not only larger, but also follows the contours of the body, creating a bezel-less effect. It’s too early to talk about the absence of edges around the matrix, but the same size of the frames around the entire perimeter makes the novelty many times more attractive.

Conversely, the unused space under and above the screen in previous versions of the bracelet did not look very good. So the improvement is obvious.

The diagonal of the screen in Mi Band 6 is 1.56 inch, which is almost one and a half times more than its predecessor. Matrix resolution 152×486 pixels, which together with the diagonal gives the density 326 PPI.

The previous model had a more modest screen. Diagonal 1.1″ with permission 126×294 pixelswhich gave the density 291 PPI.

Otherwise, it is the same AMOLED matrix. The maximum brightness, contrast and responsiveness of the sensor remained the same.

The developers have greatly increased the attractiveness of the new model by increasing the display resolution. And the appearance of the device with the same frames around the entire perimeter of the matrix unequivocally wins.

3. Sensors

The second most important feature of the new bracelet is the built-in pulse oximeter, similar to the Apple Watch 6. This sensor is able to determine the oxygen saturation of the blood and helps to notice the health problems of the wearer at an early stage.

On the lower edge of the devices lies a noticeable difference in the location of the sensors, a couple of sensors were swapped.

A heart rate sensor is installed on the Mi Band 6 bracelet second generation… Only NFC-models of Mi Band 5 were equipped with such devices. Ordinary bracelets of the fifth series had a less accurate and less sensitive sensor.

The connectors for connecting the charger have not changed. They have the same format and are located in the same place on the bracelet. This means that the charger of one model will be fully compatible with the second and vice versa.

4. Interface

Not lagging behind hardware manufacturers and software developers. Under the enlarged screen and resolution, they not only stretched the old Mi Band interface, but significantly reworked almost all of its elements.

Firstly, watch faces now display more information, and the icons and indicators used for display are many times clearer.

Secondly, appeared in the menu kinetic scrolling elements. In previous models, one swipe could move one element up or down. Now with one quick movement it will be possible to scroll through almost all the items. In addition, the menu on the enlarged screen displays two items at once instead of one.

Thirdly, were added smooth animations when switching widgets on the home screen. Previously, a side swipe would simply switch metrics with no visual feedback.

Fourth, the text of notifications on Mi Band 6 became larger and clearer, fits more words on the screen. Kinetic scrolling works here too.

Fifth, improved the player interface, spreading the track switching buttons on different sides of the screen.

At sixth, in the regular Chinese version, immediately there is a Russian interface language, which is activated via the application on the smartphone. You don’t have to wait for the global version.

So the software update of the bracelet turned out to be very useful. But there were no changes in the software for working with the bracelet on the smartphone. And if you didn’t like Mi Fit at all before, then alas.

5. Sports opportunities

The developers have added 19 new activity modes that the Mi Band 6 can track. The gadget will be able to correctly calculate the energy expended on playing cricket, riding a skateboard, playing table tennis or bowling.

Now a choice is available 30 types of workouts, but not 11as in Mi Band 5.

The way the bracelet automatically detects activity has also changed. In the previous version, manual or automatic mode was available. In the new one, you can choose to auto-detect only those activities that you have chosen yourself. For example, the Mi Band 6 can only recognize running, swimming or cycling, ignoring other types of training.

The gadget, as before, can be immersed in depth up to 50 meters – there are no changes.

6. Battery and autonomy

In the new Mi Band 6, like its predecessor, a battery is installed with a capacity 125 mAh, the total charge time of which is up to 2 hours.

According to the manufacturer, the autonomy is about 14 days in normal use. If you turn off automatic activity tracking and blood oxygen saturation measurements, it will be possible to stretch up to 19 days. In practice, the operating time without recharging will be approximately 15% lower than the previous model due to the enlargement of the screen.

The most active users of the device will be able to get a week of confident work on a single charge. Those who do not use some of the device’s chips will charge the gadget approximately every 10-12 days.

The developers have changed the animation of charging Mi Band 6. Now, when connected to a power source, the gadget can be used as a bedside clock.

7. Modifications and prices

The model with the NFC module is fully functional only in China! It is definitely not worth considering it for purchase in the Russian Federation.

▪️ Currently the global version Mi Band 5 without NFC costs from 2100 rubles

▪️ New model Mi Band 6 now stands from 3200 rubles, but sometimes there are discounts.

All differences are brief

► although the dimensions have changed, it will not be noticeable even with a direct comparison. Only scrupulous measurements of gadgets can show this innovation. The straps and accessories are compatible.

► The screen is definitely better in Mi Band 6. The diagonal and resolution is 1.56 inches and 152×486 pixels – versus 1.1 inches and 126×294 pixels for Mi Band 5. The increase in the matrix benefited from the appearance of the device.

► the sensors in the device remain the same, but the novelty has learned to measure the oxygen saturation of the blood.

► the interface of Mi Band 6 has been greatly improved: kinetic scrolling has appeared, and more information is now displayed on the screen.

► Sports capabilities have also been pumped up: more workouts are available, and automatic activity detection has customizable options.

► the battery capacity of the device has not changed, but the enlargement of the screen negatively affected the autonomy.

Mi Band 6 has changed in appearance, received a more modern and attractive display. For health-conscious users, a useful option has been added to measure the oxygen content in the blood. The athletes received additional types of workout fixation. Along with this, the software part of the device has also improved. I had to abandon the touch key under the screen, its actions are now performed by new gestures in the system.

But the disappointing battery life, which was also a problem with the predecessor Mi Band 5. “Six” is the weakest model in terms of autonomy among all Mi Bands. Moreover, the price is significantly higher than previous generations. Unless, of course, we compare it not in rubles, but in percentage. Because 3 thousand rubles for a fitness bracelet is still an adequate amount.

So it is clearly not worth changing last year’s “top five” for a novelty, this is not some kind of breakthrough. But the owners of Mi Band 4 and especially older models can already switch to a new one, at least you will notice the difference.


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