Huawei Band 8 vs Mi Band 8 – My Honest Opinion

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The race to dominate the wearable market is on and even more intense. Just a day after Huawei released the Huawei Band 8, Xiaomi followed up with the release of the Mi Band 8. These two smartbands come in awesomely comfortable designs and are very fitness-focused. The Huawei Band and Mi Band series are some of the most popular series and over the years we have witnessed upgrades from previous generations. This year, these two also welcome slight upgrades from their respective predecessors. And considering their relatively similar prices, it’s a dicey call between the Huawei Band 8 and Mi Band 8. However, don’t worry, this post takes a look at what each of these has to offer. Hopefully, I can help you decide.


Huawei Band 8 vs Mi Band 8 Full Specifications

Product Info
Huawei Band 8 Full Specifications

Huawei Band 8 Full Specifications and Features

Mi Band 8 Full Specification

Mi Band 8 Full Specifications, Features and Prices

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Device name Huawei Band 8 Mi Band 8
Device type Fitness smartband Fitness smartband
Gender Unisex Unisex
Release date April, 2023 April, 2023
Predecessor Huawei Band 7 Mi Band 7
Dimension 43.45 × 24.54 × 8.99 mm 48 x 22.5 x 10.99 mm
Weight (excluding straps), 14g (Including straps), 27g
Shape Rectangular Curved, Rectangular
Case material Polymer NCVM metallic frame
Strap material Silicone Leather, Nylon, TPU
Bezel material Bezeless 2.5D Tempered Glass, Bezeless
Strap size 135 – 210mm, 16mm 135 – 210mm
Interchangeable strap Yes, 16mm Yes
Screen protection Anti-scracth glass Anti-scracth glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Pink, Emerald green, Midnight black, Vibrant orange Black, Light-gold
Display size 1.47 inches 1.62 inches
Display type AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color, 600nits
Display resolution 194 x 368 pixels 192 x 490 pixels
Pixel density 282.8 PPI 326 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen Touchscreen
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.2
Bluetooth calling No No
GPS (connected GPS), No (connected GPS), No
NFC (China only), Yes (China only), (special edition), Yes
Wi-Fi No No
Memory card slot No No
Technology None None
SIM type None None
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
Reply to Notifications Yes (preset replies) Yes (preset replies)
Audio No No
Bluetooth music No No
Loudspeaker No No
Microphone No No
Camera No No
Radio No No
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter No No
Ambient light No Yes
Barometer No No
Compass No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Temperature No No
Other sensors
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed No No
Stress Yes Yes
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes 100 150+
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 190mAh
Battery life Heavy usage: Up to 9 days, Regular: Up to 14 days Regular: Up to 14 days
Charging type Magnetic charger Magnetic charger
Charging time 30min-1hr 30min-1hr
Solar charging No No
Operating system HarmonyOS 2 Proprietary OS
Companion app Huawei Health App Mi Fitness app
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 9.0+, Harmony OS 2.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 12.0+
Payment system Alipay Alipay
Voice command No No
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Straps, Huawei Band 8 Charger, Manual, Straps, Mi Band 8

Difference Between Huawei Band 8 vs Mi Band 8

  1. Design – Mi band 8 is a more refined and durable build
  2. The Huawei Band 8 and Mi Band 8 can perform very similar functions and the battery life is almost the same. Where the main difference lies between these two is in the design, and without mincing words, the Mi Band 8 has a better design.

    Although the Huawei Band 8 has a bigger case that leaves it with a bigger footprint, the Mi Band 8 looks more attractive and stylish. It spots an NCVM-coated frame that results in a metal texture appearance. In contrast, the Huawei Band 8 has a polycarbonate frame which is also very durable but the Mi Band 8 is more attractive.

    Nonetheless, coming from the Huawei Band 7, the Huawei Band 8 has a flattened case. This actually makes it finer than its predecessor.

    The shape is different, the Huawei Band 8 comes in the regular rectangular form while Mi Band 8 retains its pill shape.
    The Huawei Band 8 comes in at 8.99 mm thick which makes it one of the slimmest wearable. In contrast, the Mi Band 8 is 10.99mm, yet still very slim.

    Coming from their respective predecessors, both smartbands also welcome redesigned straps hooks. Unlike the Mi Band 7 and older Mi Band models where you have the straps encircling the Band, the Mi Band 8 has a quick-release design that makes it easy to swap the straps. Similarly, unlike Huawei Band 7 where you have to push down a pin, the Huawei Band 8 has a quick-release design that makes swapping the straps very easy.

    Furthermore, while the Huawei Band 8 can only be worn on the wrist, Xiaomi for the first time has designed the Mi Band 8 to be worn in different ways. There’s a pendant form that can be worn as a necklace. For avid runners, the Mi Band 8 can also be attached to your shoes. Moreover, the straps come in leather, silicone, nylon, and the metal/leather bracelet combo. The unit that comes with silicone straps is the basic model, and it’s the cheapest.

    In addition, both wearables are rated 5ATM which translates to being water resistant up to 50 meters. It’s safe to wear any of these to the shower or even to the swimming pool.

    Overall, in terms of design, Xiaomi actually got innovative with the Mi Band 8. This has resulted in a finer and more classy Band that’s already trending.

  3. Display – Huawei Band 8 has a bigger display
  4. Like their respective predecessors, AMOLED powers the display of both bands. The display of these two is very bright and can easily be seen. Though, Xiaomi has added an ambient light sensor to the Mi Band 8 which Huawei Band 8 lacks. This sensor means that the brightness of the Mi Band 8 will automatically adjust depending on the prevailing ambient light. This also means you don’t have to manually adjust the display brightness especially when you’re outdoors.

    The display size is also different. While Huawei Band 8 has a 1.47 inches display Mi Band 8 has a 1.62 inches display. However, in reality, the rectangular shape of the Huawei Band 8 leaves it with a bigger aspect ratio that will allow you to see more at a glance.

    Both watches have a touch-sensitive screen, and in addition, Huawei Band 8 has a physical button by the side. The watch face of both smartbands can be changed, and you get loads of watch faces on the respective companion apps. It’s the Mi Fitness app for Mi Band 8 and the Huawei Health app for the Huawei Band 8.

  5. Activity Tracking – Too close to call
  6. As per activity tracking, these two share a lot of similarities. Each of these two is equipped with a heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope. These sensors enable these bands to track your steps, calories, sleep, heart rate, blood oxygen and stress. These two also feature menstrual cycle logging.

    And like their respective predecessors, the Huawei Band 8 and Mi Band 8 also lack inbuilt GPS. However, these two can still map your routes as long as you carry your phone along.

    From my experiences with Mi Band 7 and Huawei Band 7, the Mi Band 7 was more consistent and smarter in mapping my routes. I just need to start the workout on the device and it will automatically be recorded in the Mi Fitness app. In contrast, Huawei Band 7 had problems connecting to my phone’s GPS, I had to start the workout on my phone before my route was mapped. I don’t know if that’s still the case with Huawei Band 8, I’ll update this post once I get my hands on the two Bands.

    In terms of sports modes, each of these two comes with loads of preloaded sports modes. Though the Mi Band 8 features over 150 sports modes While Huawei Band 8 features 100 sports modes.

    Overall, in terms of activity tracking, the Mi Band 8 can track the same activities as Huawei Band 8, though it has more sports modes.

  7. Battery Life – Mi Band 8 lasts longer
  8. Considering their smaller displays, smartbands normally have long battery life, and the Huawei Band 8 and Mi Band 8 are no exception. These two have battery life spanning weeks from a single charge.

    Xiaomi claims that in typical usage you can get up to 16 days battery life with Mi Band 8. This is slightly longer than the Huawei Band 8 which offers up to 14 days of battery life.

    Both watches support fast charging just like their respective models. It should take less than an hour to charge any of these two.

  9. Notifications – Too close to call

Smartwatches and smartbands are designed to work with your phone and will inform you when you receive a notification. While Huawei Band 8 can be paired with the Huawei Health app, Mi Band 8 can be paired with the Mi Fitness app. Once paired to their respective companion apps and notifications is enabled for your preferred apps, you should get notifications every time a message arrives on your phone. And you have the option to reply to messages with quick replies.

Huawei Band 8 vs Mi Band 8 – My Verdict

Although I have ordered both smartbands, if I were to choose, I will go with the Mi Band 8. I’m really fascinated by its new design. The more attractive design is the main reason why I would choose Mi Band 8 over Huawei Band 8.

On the hand, the Huawei Band 8 is still an adorable piece. It’s a comprehensive activity tracker with a slightly bigger display and a long battery life that lets you go long from a single charge.