|Body||47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7 mm and 12.8 grams|
|Display||1.56″ AMOLED screen, 450 nits brightness|
|Resolution||152×486 px, 326ppi|
|Water Resistance||5 ATM waterproof|
|Sensors||PPG Optical Heart-rate monitors, 6-axis-motion-control-sensor (3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope motion sensor), SpO2 sensor|
|Fitness Modes||30 fitness modes|
|Other Features||Message/call notification, App alerts, Calendar, Alarm, Clock, Stopwatch, Timer, Music control, Find phone, Unlock phone(MIUI), Weather, Set activity goals|
|Battery||125 mAh cell (Around 2 weeks of normal usage)|
|Companion App||Mi Fit (Android | iOS)|
|Price in Nepal||Rs. 5,999|
Xiaomi’s Mi Band, has long been one of the most affordable fitness and activity trackers on the market. It has dominated the low-cost tracker market, but with competitors such as Amazfit, Samsung, Huawei, and even Fitbit lowering the price of their most affordable fitness trackers.
The 6th iteration of Xiaomi’s Mi Band, i.e., Mi Band 6 aims to remain on top by including a larger, higher-resolution display, improved exercise modes, and blood oxygen monitoring.
The Mi Band 6 looks similar to the Mi Band 5 right out of the box. It has the same curved edge panel, the same style band, and the same thickness, as well as the same weight.
It has a slightly larger case (47mm) and is slightly thicker (12.7mm) than its predecessor (previously 12.45mm). When wearing, however, the difference is barely noticeable. The strap is soft and doesn’t collect dust or hair, which is always a plus. In addition, the Mi Band 6 is compatible with Mi Band 5 bands (and vice versa). The band also comes in six different colors (black, orange, yellow, olive, ivory and blue).
The sensors on the bottom of the Mi Band 6 are arranged differently than that of its predecessor. The heart-rate sensor has been upgraded to provide the ability to track SpO2 (blood oxygen).
It has a 5ATM water resistance rating, which means it can be used for showering, swimming, and snorkeling up to 50 meters deep.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 has a 1.56-inch AMOLED display, which is 50% larger than the 1.1-inch screen on the Mi Band 5. The display almost reaches the edge of the case, giving the fitness tracker a far more sleek appearance.
Because of this larger display, there are no buttons in the Mi Band 6. The entire display is now capacitive, and you can use the band by swiping (in all directions), tapping, or tapping and holding.
The high resolution of 152 x 486 pixels, makes text and icons extremely sharp and clear. When viewing outside in direct sunlight, the display is bright. However, if you wish to change the brightness settings, you have to manually change its brightness by going into the settings as the band lacks an ambient light sensor.
Xiaomi also does a fantastic job of including a diverse range of Band faces. You can choose from three different choices by pressing and holding on your current one, and then go into the Mi Fit app to see what else is available in its dedicated store.
The Mi Band 6 is compatible with the Mi Fit app and has the same basic features as the Mi Band 5: calculate heart rate, monitor sleep, track sports, display alerts, serve as a camera shutter, power your default music player, and have the normal alarm/timer/stopwatch functions. There’s also a PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) mode, stress calculator, female menstrual cycle tracker and breathing exercises.
What is new is that the Mi Band 6 is now equipped with 30 sports profiles instead of the 11 as on the Mi Band 5. It can also automatically detect and track six activities such as walking, cycling, running, rowing machine, treadmill, and elliptical. However you’ll have to manually track all other activities by yourself.
The new Mi Band 6 also includes a SpO2 sensor, allowing you to check your blood oxygen levels throughout the day. Surprisingly, the SpO2 sensor on the Mi Band 6 is better implemented than the sensor on the Xiaomi Mi Watch. The device records your blood oxygen levels in a matter of seconds. Regarding sleep tracking, there is also assisted sleep monitoring in addition to regular sleep tracking, which increases heart rate measurement. You can also enable Sleep quality tracking, which records your breathing while you sleep but has a significant impact on battery life.
Finally, the Mi Smart Band 6 supports all types of notifications, including emails, incoming calls (with the option to reject), SMS, emails, Idle alerts, Goals, and most third-party notifications, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Calendar, and so on. It also supports a variety of functionalities such as find my phone, mute phone, do not disturb, unlock phone, weather forecast and many more.
Finally, we’ll discuss battery life. Xiaomi claims that a 125mAH battery will last up to 14 days in regular use and upto 5 days with heavy. The company also claims that it can last upto 19 days in power-saving mode.
In our experience, with the screen nice and bright, alerts activated, those advanced health and sleep monitoring features and continuous stress tracking enabled, and tracking an indoor or outdoor workout once a day, we saw a regular drop-off of about 15%, which amounted to about 7 days.