The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is the expected successor to the Mi Band 4, a cheap fitness tracker from mid-2019 that impressed us with a range of features you definitely can’t guarantee are available on other trackers with a low price tag.
Xiaomi is now working on a follow-up, and we now know that it’s coming soon, with an announcement planned for June 11.
The Mi Band 5 could be one of the best affordable fitness trackers of the year, so it’s an event exercise fans should await with baited breath.
We’ve heard a few leaks and rumors about the device too, but much of it is a mystery so we’ve also come up with a wish list of the top features we hope to see in the Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
Update: Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi Band 5 will be announced on June 11, while a leaker has shared what could be our first look at the wearable.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A budget fitness tracker
- When is it out? June 11
- How much will it cost? Around $39.99 / £34.99 / AU$59
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 release date and price
We’ve known for a long time that Xiaomi is working on the Mi Band 5, and now the company has also confirmed that it will be announcing the wearable on June 11. That makes sense, since the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 was launched in June 2019.
In terms of price, we don’t have any clue as to how much it’ll cost, but we can use the Mi Band 4’s $39.99 / £34.99 / AU$59 initial price as reference. With the device’s closest competition the Honor Band 5 undercutting that price slightly, we could see the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 come out with a lower cost, but if the features justify it the Mi Band 5 price could be a little higher.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 news and rumors
One report suggests that the Mi Band 5 has two big changes over the Mi Band 4.
The first of these is that the screen should see an improvement, with it growing to 1.2 inches. That’s bigger than the 0.95-inch display of its predecessor. It’s also said to have been designed to be more visible in sunlight, which could mean it uses a different screen tech or has filters placed over the display.
Secondly, the Mi Band 5 will apparently have NFC worldwide, something Mi Bands have only shipped with in China before.
Near-Field Communication (NFC) is mainly used for contactless payment, which would let you use your Mi Band 5 to pay for things without you needing your phone.
We’ve also seen an image supposedly showing the tracker. You can see this below, but all it really reveals is that the Mi Band 5 will probably look a lot like the Mi Band 4.
The source of that image added that the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will apparently work as a remote camera shutter control for your smartphone’s camera.
Elsewhere we’ve heard that it could pack an SpO2 sensor for measuring blood oxygen concentration, along with menstrual cycle tracking, and Amazon Alexa support.
So far, that’s all we know about the fitness tracker, but we’ll update this page when we find out more.
What we want to see
Here are a few features we’d like to see make their way into the Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
1. Onboard GPS
One of the main features missing from previous Xiaomi Mi Bands is onboard GPS. If you want to track your runs on an existing Mi Band, you need to connect to your phone at all times. That isn’t great if you want to run without your phone.
We’d like to see the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 come with onboard GPS, so all you need when you’re working out is the fitness tracker. Not everyone likes carrying their phone around, but currently leaving it behind sacrifices running data.
2. A variety of straps
There’s a big market in wearable straps, as people like to choose different colors or materials that suit them well, but the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 (unlike the Mi Band 3) didn’t have a selection to choose from.
We’d like to see the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 launch with a few different straps and loops to choose from, in different colors, so you can swap around your band when you’re working out, or choose colors to match your outfit.
Sure, you can use the Mi Band 3 straps with newer devices, but we’d still like to see some new variety available directly from Xiaomi.
3. App multi-tasking
Sometimes when you’re working out you want to access the timer or stopwatches on your fitness tracker, so you can time a particular lap or length, and we hope the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 actually lets us do so.
On the Mi Band 4, you couldn’t access other apps while you were tracking a workout, which limited the use cases for the device. If the Mi Band 5 wants to be the best gym companion it can be, we’d like to see app multi-tasking.
4. Automatic fitness trackings
One of the reasons Fitbit devices are champion fitness trackers is because many of them can auto-sense when you start working out, and automatically start recording. We can’t recall how many times we’ve forgotten to start the workout mode, only to find our Fitbit initiated it for us.
Something similar would be great on the Xiaomi Mi Band 5, so if it sensed elevated heart rate and rapid movement it’d recognize that we’d started exercising. It’s not a vital mode, but it’s particularly useful for forgetful people.
5. Improved sleep tracking
We’re going to defer to Fitbit for features again, simply because they’re market leaders right now. A great perk to using a Fitbit is that it can provide detailed sleep tracking information, including what kind of sleep you had at certain times (REM, for example), and this can be super useful to helping you get a better nights sleep.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 had sleep tracking that measured times, but it perhaps wasn’t as detailed as it could have been. Since the Honor Band 5, a close competitor, comes with sleep feedback to help improve your nights, the Mi Band 5 would really benefit from improved sleep tracking.