Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 Highlights: One step ahead
A well-known brand Xiaomi does not stop when it comes to their smart bands. Each year, the company is able to keep its cost down under £50. The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is no different, gaining modern features like a bigger display and blood oxygen tracking. We are happy to announce that we are one of the first in the UK to bring you the NEW Mi Band 6. But what is so special about it?
Why is the new Mi Band 6 so good?
Well, one could say it is your small super intelligent personal assistant always on the go with you. We have tested the band and we cannot stop using it. It's loaded with new features, more workout modes and much more, plus it is still on a budget!
Few features include a bigger AMOLED display, more than double the activity tracking modes, blood oxygen monitoring, and breathing quality assessments during sleep.
Like the older version Mi Band 5, the design has not changed much, however the new Mi Band 6 boasts a much larger 1.56-inch AMOLED display, which is 50% bigger than the Mi Band 5’s 1.1-inch screen. The display nearly spans to the edge of the case and makes the fitness tracker look much more modern.
The strap that comes with the Mi Band 6 feels good. It’s soft and doesn’t collect dust or hair, which is always a win. The Mi Band 6 works with Mi Band 5 bands (and vice versa). So, Mi Band 5 owners can use their existing straps if they upgrade to the 6.
Unfortunately, there’s no ambient light sensor. The display gets plenty bright, even when viewing it outdoors in direct sunlight. Still, you might find yourself manually adjusting the display brightness if you’re transitioning between darker and lighter environments. You can also set the Mi Band 6’s display to dim on a set schedule or based on when the sun sets. You can also set raise-to-wake functionality to a schedule, so you’re not accidentally triggering it while you’re in bed. It’s a nice touch that really goes a long way.
There are well over 100 watch faces available for the Mi Band 6. You can also customise some watch faces which make the personalisation much more easier.
Battery is never an issue with the Xiaomi Mi Bands and the 6 does not disappoint. You can get up to 14 days out of this band while using on a regular daily basis. Turning on Xiaomi’s new breathing score feature, all-day stress monitoring, or increasing the frequency of resting heart rate readings all affect battery life and don’t constitute “normal” usage, so you might end up charging every 7 days.
Health and fitness features
The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is a fitness tracker that excels at the basics. The Mi Band 6 will track your steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled, resting and active heart rate, and sleep throughout the day. There’s no GPS, which is expected at a fitness tracker in this price range, though there is connected GPS if you don’t mind bringing your phone with you while you’re out exercising. Step tracking and calorie burn were both in line with other comparable wearables from brands such as Fitbit.
The Mi Band 6 reports resting heart rate readings in 30, 10, 5, or 1-minute increments. Monitoring every 30 minutes will not be the best for battery life but will get you the spottiest data. Monitoring every minute will give you the best overall picture at the expense of battery life. Like its predecessor, the Mi Band 6 can warn you if your heart rate increases over a certain threshold during periods of inactivity.
Menstruation cycle tracking is back with the Mi Band 6, helping women track their cycle duration, ovulation, history, and also predict when their next cycle will happen. You’ll need to enable this feature if you want to use it. Once set up, you can see a month-view calendar in the Xiaomi Wear app that shows your cycle and estimated fertile and ovulation windows.
One major improvement over the Mi Band 5 is the number of sports profiles available. The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 can track 30 activities, up from 11 on the Mi Band 5. Niche profiles like Zumba, kickboxing, and badminton have been added to the tracker this time around. It can also automatically detect six activities: running, walking, treadmill, cycling, rowing machine, and elliptical. For all other activities, you’ll need to select it on the device and hit start manually.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 integrates PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) metrics to give you a better idea of your heart health. You’re given a PAI score, and any activity you do throughout the day adds to that score. Higher-intensity workouts that keep your heart rate high add the most points to your PAI score. The goal is to keep your score over 100 to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness.
It’s a unique metric that attempts to help you understand how your activity reflects your overall health. It forgoes the simple step count to gauge your fitness level, which Fitbit’s Active Zone Minutes and Google’s Move Minutes and Heart Points also do.
Other handy features
The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 offers basic smartwatch functionality and a few smaller features that aren’t usually found on other fitness trackers. The Mi Band 6 can mirror your smartphone notifications for any app. Notifications aren’t actionable — nor are they particularly easy to read on a display this size — so you’ll likely only glance at that incoming email or text then need to pick up your phone to see the whole thing. If you want an improved notification experience, you’ll want to buy a full-fledged smartwatch - you can find our smartwatches HERE.
So, is it worth it?
The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is one of the best cheap fitness trackers you can buy and absolutely worth the £44.99. It handles the basics well, and that’s what we expect out of a device at this price point. Xiaomi is heading in the right direction with its Mi Band line.
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