Mi bands are very popular in India due to their affordable price and their features. These bands have also been quite accurate when it comes to fitness tracking, in our experience testing them. The new Mi Band 6 features SpO2 tracking, which was a highly anticipated feature. Xiaomi also added a larger screen and the ability to track more exercise types. So is Mi Band 6 a complete package now? I picked up a Mi Band 6 and here are my first impressions.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 price in India
The Mi Band 6 is priced at Rs. 3,499 in India (and owners of any previous Mi Band model can get Rs.500 off). It is only sold with a black band and Xiaomi also offers several band color options, including orange, light green, brown and blue, which must be purchased separately.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 looks almost identical to Mi Band 5 (review) at first glance, but the difference is apparent the moment its screen lights up. It doesn’t have a rectangular screen like the previous model – instead there’s a large 1.56-inch capsule-shaped AMOLED panel that takes up the entire front face. This screen has a resolution of 152×486 pixels and tempered glass on the top with anti-fingerprint coating. It has slim moldings on the top and sides, while the chin is visibly thicker.
The bottom of the Mi Band 6 has health sensors and charging pins
There are no buttons on the device and all interactions are touch-based. You can slide your finger across the screen to access different Mi Band 6 features and functions. This fitness wristband is water resistant to 5 ATM.
The bottom of the Mi Band 6 has sensors for heart rate and SpO2 tracking. There are also pins that make contact with the magnetic charger to charge the band. The Mi Band 6 has a 125mAh battery, which Xiaomi claims can be charged in less than 2 hours. This new fitness track offers 14 days of standby time.
There is Bluetooth 5 for connectivity on the Mi Band 6 and you need a companion app on the paired smartphone. You can pair Mi Band 6 with Xiaomi Wear or Mi Fit apps, and the fitness wristband is also Strava compatible. It will be compatible with phones with Android 5.0 and above, while iPhones with iOS 10 and above can also be paired with Mi Band 6.
You can now monitor your blood oxygen level in Mi Band 6
I found the big screen bright enough when I used it indoors and it responded quickly to my input. It supports multiple watch faces and Xiaomi claims you can choose from more than 60 of them to customize Mi Band 6. You can also use the app to customize different widgets as well as set app alerts in this fitness band.
The Mi Band 6 is capable of tracking steps and distances, and also has a wider range of exercise tracking than its predecessors. Xiaomi says the Mi Band 6 can be used to track 30 types of exercises, six of which can be automatically detected. There is also sleep tracking, and Mi Band 6 can provide an analysis of the quality of your sleep along with the quality of breathing during sleep. Other fitness features in Mi Band 6 include stress monitoring, menstrual cycle tracking, and a personal activity intelligence index.
Xiaomi has brought SpO2 tracking to the Mi Band 6, along with the ability to record more exercise types. It also gets a bigger screen, but battery capacity seems unchanged. Will this have an impact on the performance of Mi Band 6? Is the new fitness band on a budget? Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our full review and to find out.