Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Seven major upgrades teased ahead of June 11 release
June 11 will mark the arrival of the Mi Band 5, Xiaomi's latest fitness tracker. While the new Mi Band is expected to retail for under US$50 globally, that has not stopped Xiaomi from making what it describes as major changes from the Mi Band 4. The company had already teased that it plans to release the Mi Band 5 in multiple colours and now it has stated that the fitness tracker features seven major upgrades from its predecessor.
According to the teasers, which Xiaomi has published on Weibo, the seven upgrades are as follows:
- Sensor upgrade for mode accurate body monitoring (SpO2 monitoring)
- Magnetic charging
- 20% larger OLED screen
- NFC UnionPay and QuickPass
- Take pictures remotely
- 11 professional sports modes
- New women's health model
Past leaks and rumours have suggested that the Mi Band 5 will support Alexa integration, too. Additionally, the global version of this year's Mi Band is expected to support NFC, which would be a change from the Mi Band 4. The Mi Band 5 has been rumoured to feature a 1.2-inch display, which would be over 25% larger than the one it included in the Mi Band 4. The Mi Band 4 has a 0.95-inch display, so a 20% larger panel would yield a size of around 1.14-inches.
The Mi Band 5 will launch at 14:00 China Standard Time (CST: UTC+08:00). Xiaomi will host a live stream on its Weibo account.