Mi Band 5 is the latest of smartband from Xiaomi, it succeeds in the Mi Band 4 and as expected, it comes with newer features, improved and more accurate fitness tracking, a larger display with access to more custom watch faces and a more convenient charging method. Featured in this comparison is Mi Band 4 vs 5, compare the designs, health tracking features, battery life to find out the differences.
Mi Band 4 vs 5 Full Specifications Compared
Mi Band 5 Full Specifications, Features and Prices
Mi Band 4 Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Mi Band 5||Mi Band 4|
|Device type||Fitness smartband||Fitness smartband|
|Release date||June, 2020||June, 2019|
|Predecessor||Mi Band 4||Mi Band 3|
|Versions||Mi Band 5 NFC version||Mi Band 4 (NFC version)|
|Dimension||46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45 mm||47 x 21.6 x 10.8 mm|
|Weight||11.9 grams (excluding straps)||22.1g|
|Shape||Curved, Rectangular||Curved, Rectangular|
|Bezel material||2.5D Tempered Glass, Bezeless||2.5D Tempered Glass|
|Strap size||155 – 216 mm||155 – 216 mm|
|Screen protection||Anti-scracth glass||Anti-scracth glass|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Black, Mint green, Navy blue, Orange, Teal, Yellow||Black|
|Display size||1.1 inches||0.95 inch|
|Display type||450nits, AMOLED, Full color||400nit, AMOLED, Full color|
|Display resolution||294 x 126 pixel||120 x 240 px|
|Custom watch face||100+, Yes||77, Yes|
|Input type||Touchkey, Touchscreen||Touchkey, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth v5.0|
|GPS||(connected GPS), No||(connected GPS), No|
|NFC||(China only), (special edition), Yes||(special edition), Yes|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Reply to Notifications||-||-|
|Microphone||MEMS microphone||MEMS microphone|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||—||—|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||No||No|
|Battery type||non-removable Lithium-polymer||non-removable Lithium-polymer|
|Battery life||Continous usage: 14 days, Regular: 20 days||Regular: 20 days|
|Charging type||Magnetic charger||2-Pin charging|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Operating system||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS|
|Companion app||Mi Fit||Mi Fit|
|Compatibility||Android 4.4+, iOS 9.0+||Android 4.4+, iOS 9.0+|
|Payment system||Alipay, Union Pay||Alipay|
|Voice command||XiaoAI, Yes||XiaoAI, Yes|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Manual, Mi Band 5, Straps||Charger, Manual, Mi Band 4, Straps|
Mi Band 4 vs 5 – What’s The Difference?
|Mi Band 4||Mi Band 5|
|Display||0.95 inch||1.1 inches (slimmer bezel)|
|Dimension||47 x 21.6 x 10.8 mm||46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45 mm|
|Custom Watch Faces||77 themes||100+|
(Including 54 IP Themes)
|Sleep Tracking||Night Only|
(Deep and Light)
|24/7 Sleep tracking|
(Deep, Light and REM)
|Heart Rate Monitoring||24/7 Heart rate monitoring||Improved 24/7 heart rate tracking|
(Including irregular heart beat heartbeat detection)
|Blood Oxygen (SpO2)||No||Yes|
|Menstrual Cycle Tracking||No||Yes|
(Personal Activity Intelligence)
|Preloaded Sport Modes||6|
Pool swimming, outdoor cycling, walking, outdoor running, treadmill, and freestyle,
Pool swimming, outdoor cycling, walking, outdoor running, treadmill, freestyle, jump rope, indoor cycling, elliptical, rowing machine, and yoga.
|Ali Pay & Union Pay|
|XiaoAI Voice Assistant|
|Smart Features||Unlock the phone, find my phone, view music in play on the phone, phone muting, do not disturb, calendar reminder, message alerts, sedentary reminders, reject calls, weather forecasts and incoming call notifications||Unlock the phone, find my phone, view music in play on the phone, phone muting, do not disturb, calendar reminder, message alerts, sedentary reminders, reject calls, weather forecasts, incoming call notifications, and remote camera control New.|
|Battery Life||20 Days (Standby)||20 Days (Standby)|
14 days continuous usage
|Charging Type||Charging dock||Magnetic Charger|
Mi Band 5 with 1.1 inches display is larger than Mi Band 4 0.95 inches. Moreover, the bezel is slimmer and this allows you to see more at a glance which represents a 20% increase in the viewing area. Mi Band 5 also features 100+ custom watch faces which include 54 IP themes such as Spongebob Squarepants, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, and Detective Conan. Both smartbands have case materials made of polycarbonate, TPU straps, and 2.5D reinforced glass, while waterproof rating is still 5ATM making any if these ideal to wear to the shower or pool.
Xiaomi added more activity tracking features to Mi Band 5 which makes it a more comprehensive fitness tracker. While both smartbands will track your heart rate continuously, sleep, steps, calories with preloaded sport modes, Mi Band 5 can detect an irregular heartbeat and will alert you, as well as tracks your sleep 24/7 in three stages; deep, light and REM compared to Mi Band 4 that tracks your sleep in two stages; deep and light only at night.
Other features that are new include; a menstrual cycle tracking feature that can help women track period cycles. Mi Band 5 can also help you manage stress via guided breathing session, and blood oxygen tracking is also present to help track how well your blood utilizes oxygen.
Also added is the Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) vitality index; a new, innovative system that converts your heart rate data into a personalized score that indicates the level of activity required in order to maintain good health.
And while Mi Band 5 features 11 preloaded workout modes, Mi Band 4 features 6.
While both smartbands feature, music playback on phone, find my phone, phone unlocking, do not disturb mode, event reminder, and notification, Xiaomi has added to Mi Band 5 the ability to control phone camera.
Xiaomi also added magnetic charging to Mi Band 5 ditching charging dock used on Mi Band 4. This makes it easier to charge Mi Band 5 by simply placing the charger at the back instead of having to remove the Band from the strap. And while Mi Band 5 despite having more features still has about 2 weeks long battery life with continuous usage.
Should You Upgrade?
Clearly, Mi Band 5 is a better smartband than Mi Band 4. It has a larger display that allows you to see more at a glance and also features more health tracking features that make it a more comprehensive fitness tracker with long battery life.
With the addition of menstrual cycle, stress tracking, blood oxygen monitoring, PAI, more preset sport modes, larger and brighter display, the introduction of magnetic charging, and long battery life, yet very low price makes Mi Band 5 a better smartband than it’s predecessor. It’s a wise bargain, especially when compared to other close competitors like Galaxy Fit, Fitbit Charge 3.
Considering its low price, I think it’s worth upgrading to Mi Band 5, and if you’re yet to own any of these, you should go for Mi Band 5. I already ordered one, and you should expect a video comparison between these two soon.