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Xiaomi Mi Band 7 vs Mi Band 6: A larger display, bigger battery, and continuous blood oxygen monitoring for the 2022 model

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 (top) offers some important upgrades over the Mi Band 6 (bottom). (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 (top) offers some important upgrades over the Mi Band 6 (bottom). (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is up for sale in China, and it is likely a global variant of the fitness tracker will soon follow. Owners of the Mi Band 6 (aka Mi Smart Band 6) may wonder if an upgrade is worth the money, which will partially depend on how important a continuous blood oxygen measurement feature is to the wearer.

Xiaomi has put its Mi Band 7 up for sale in China, with the regular edition of the activity tracker costing 249 yuan (US$37; 239-yuan sale price for a limited period (US$36)) while the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 NFC model is priced at 299 yuan (US$45; 279-yuan sale price (US$42)). Xiaomi has yet to announce a global launch date for the Mi Band 7; however, if it is going to see a global release it could be expected that there will be relevant news at some point in late June. It took almost a month from the Mi Band 6’s announcement date (March 29, 2021) for the wearable to become available as the Mi Smart Band 6 Global Edition (April 28, 2021).

There are some noticeable differences between the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 and the Mi Band 6, although perhaps not considerable enough to make an upgrade. The newer band comes with a slightly larger display (see table below), a significantly higher capacity battery, a more-recent CPU, and the above-mentioned continuous SpO2 blood oxygen monitor. Those with a Mi Band 5 or older should certainly consider an upgrade, but it’s arguable to say if these changes are enough for a Mi Band 6 user to buy the 2022 model. Especially as it doesn’t feature a much-desired GPS, which is currently speculated for a potential Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro edition.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 vs. Xiaomi Mi Band 6 key specifications are as follows:

Mi Band 7 Mi Band 7 NFC Mi Smart Band 6 Mi Smart Band 6 NFC
Display 1.62-inch AMOLED 1.62-inch AMOLED 1.56-inch AMOLED 1.56-inch AMOLED
Resolution 192x490 192x490 152x486 152x486
Brightness Up to 500 nits Up to 500 nits Up to 450 nits Up to 450 nits
Sensors Optical heart rate, blood oxygen, and 6-axis motion Optical heart rate, blood oxygen, and 6-axis motion PPG heart rate and 6-axis motion PPG heart rate and 6-axis motion
Battery 180 mAh 180 mAh 125 mAh 125 mAh
Battery life Up to 15 days Up to 14 days Up to 14 days Up to 12 days
Charge time About 2 hours About 2 hours About 2 hours About 2 hours
Sports 120 fitness modes 120 fitness modes 30 fitness modes 30 fitness modes
Weight 13.5 g 13.8 g 12.8 g 12.8 g
Dimensions 46.5 x 20.7 x 12.25 mm 46.5 x 20.7 x 12.25 mm 47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7 mm 47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7 mm
Waterproof 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM
Connection Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Support Android 6.0/iOS 10.0 or above Android 6.0/iOS 10.0 or above Android 5.0/iOS 10.0 or above Android 5.0/iOS 10.0 or above
Launch price 249 yuan (sale 239 yuan) 299 yuan (sale 279 yuan) 229 yuan 279 yuan
Xiaomi Mi Band 7. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi Mi Band 7
Xiaomi Mi Band 7 NFC. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi Mi Band 7 NFC

Source(s)

Xiaomi China (1/2; Chinese) & Xiaomi Global (1/2; English)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-05-31 (Update: 2022-05-31)