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Xiaomi Mi Band 7 directly available in the US but buyer beware while the Mi Smart Band 6 and Amazfit Band 5 make cheaper alternatives for now

The global variant of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 fitness tracker was released on June 21. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The global variant of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 fitness tracker was released on June 21. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi has just released its global variant of the Smart Band 7, with buyers in the UK and Europe already snapping up the attractive fitness tracker at temporarily discounted prices. Fans in the US can also now purchase the wearable directly from Amazon, but this appears to be the Chinese Xiaomi Mi Band 7 variant. Fortunately, there are cheaper alternatives to be found.

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 is now on sale in the UK and Europe, with buyers in those locations being able to purchase the activity tracker at special early bird discounted rates – £44.99 in the UK until June 24 (£10 off) while shoppers in Europe enjoyed a €10 discount (€49.99) until June 23. Fans of the OEM in the US can also purchase the seventh-generation band directly from Amazon US, but apart from the not inconsiderable current price tag of US$69.59 (from the Xiaomi store) it also comes with the catch of apparently being the Chinese variant – a Mi Band 7 rather than the global Xiaomi Smart Band 7.

In terms of basic features there is really no difference and, of course, the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 can deliver its multiple functions in English for US buyers. However, reviewers on the Amazon page for the fitness tracker have expressed difficulty with pairing the Band 7 with other devices. Along with the product name, the date first available of “June 1” also indicates that this is the Chinese variant of the Mi Band 7 despite being directly sold via Amazon US and with immediate availability (and free delivery). It might be worthwhile for shoppers to consider alternatives while waiting for the global Smart Band 7 variant to turn up.

Unsurprisingly, the Mi Smart Band 6 is one of those alternatives. It may not have the Band 7’s continuous blood oxygen sensor and comes with a slightly smaller display (1.56-in vs. 1.62-in), but it does feature a 24-hour heart-rate monitor and two-week battery life for a current price of US$44.87 on Amazon US. An even cheaper and still decent option is the very similar Amazfit Band 5, which Amazon has on sale at the moment at just US$29.88. This tracker offers Amazon Alexa built-in and the related Zepp app has been praised for its better overall presentation in comparison with the Mi Smart Band 6’s Mi fitness app.

Buy the Amazfit Band 5 on Amazon

Mi Band 7. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Mi Band 7
Xiaomi Smart Band 6. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi Smart Band 6
Amazfit Band 5. (Image source: Amazfit)
Amazfit Band 5

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Amazon (1/2/3) & Xiaomi US

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-06-23 (Update: 2022-06-23)