When it comes to affordable, high-quality tech, Xiaomi is a brand we know we can rely on. We’ve all been witness to their great value tech across a range of categories from smart home appliances to smartphones to electric scooters! They also have a super impressive range of smart bands and smart watches too, including options that offer all the bells and whistles at a fraction of the price of competitors. Sometimes when you’re presented with a handful of good options from a reliable brand, it can be hard deciding which is best for you. That’s why we’ve put together this Xiaomi Smart Wearables Buying Guide to help you find the right one for you! We've ordered this list from Xiaomi's most entry-level option, up towards the most premium one.
1. Mi Smart Band 8
We’re starting the list off with the most basic wearable Xiaomi offers - the Mi Smart Band 8. This smart band is a great choice for someone who simply wants to track their steps, workouts, and basic health statistics in the easiest, most affordable way possible (it'll also receive and display notifications too). Featuring a slim, rectangular 1.62” AMOLED display, along with a durable and flexible strap, the Mi Band 8 has a simplistic and minimal appearance that takes up little space on the wrist and is extremely lightweight.
Not only will the Mi Band 8 track your steps and heart rate but it also keeps track of your workouts (supporting 150 fitness modes), monitoring things such as burned calories, heart rate changes, and workout durations. With 5ATM Water Resistance, you can even wear it while swimming. Additionally, the Mi Band 8 features Blood Oxygen Monitoring - a feature you likely won't find in other bands this cheap. Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) is a key indicator of a person's overall health, reflecting the oxygen levels in the blood. If yours is too low, the Mi Smart Band 7 band will vibrate to alert you!
Perhaps the most impressive thing about this smart band is the whopping up to 16 day battery life - the longest of them all from this list. The long battery life comes in especially handy if you’ll be using your smart band to track things like your sleep (which the Mi Band 8 also does by the way) or going on super long multi-day hikes! All-in-all, the Mi Band 8 is a great choice for those who are after basic health tracking and a long battery life, in a minimal and simplistic package.
Others in this price range include the Redmi Watch 3 Active (100+ fitness modes) and Redmi Smart Band 2 (30+ fitness modes). Aside from the number of fitness modes, the main notable difference to consider between the three is the form factor. All three smart bands have different face sizes ranging from the Mi Band 8 with the smallest and slimmest face, to the Redmi Watch 3 Active with the largest face.
2. Redmi Watch 2 Lite
Next up and just as affordable as the Mi Band 7 is the Redmi Watch 2 Lite. Immediately, the first difference you’ll notice is the watch face. The Watch 2 Lite features a square 1.55” HD touch display with a wider strap. As the name suggests, it resembles more of a watch than a simple fitness band and if that’s the look you’re after, this might already be the better option for you.
In addition to the step count, heart-rate monitoring, sleep-monitoring, workout monitoring, and bloody oxygen monitoring that comes with the Mi Band 7, the Watch 2 Lite also offers a few extra features. The stand out one is the built-in GPS - it might be worth noting that this is probably the cheapest smart watch you’ll find with a built-in GPS in NZ. The Watch 2 Lite also supports other major global positioning systems such as GLONASS, Galileo, BDS, offering improved performance for more precise position tracking. It also includes stress monitoring, breathing training, female health tracking, and of course, 5ATM water resistance.
Another area where the Watch 2 Lite differs from the Mi Band 7 is the battery life, which is slightly shorter; but even with a bigger screen and additional sensors, it still boasts 10 days of battery life! The Watch 2 Lite is a great option if you want the most affordable option, you prefer the smart watch look and/or if you’re a runner.
3. Mi Smart Band 7 Pro
The Mi Smart Band 7 Pro is like a combination of the previous two and then enhanced across the board. It features a rectangular 1.64” AMOLED display that is both bigger and clearer; Always-On, and has adaptive display brightness. The layout of all features on the band display is similar to that of a smartphone; text and icons own more space and become much easier to tap and swipe; and it can be seen as a convenient extension of your smartphone. Additionally, this smart band is available in metallics, Graphite Gray and Light Gold for a subtle classiness.
It has all of the health and fitness tracking features found on the previous two, including built-in GPS and GNSS, along with support for BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS systems. It also has 10 pre-loaded on-wrist running courses that can help you take your runs further! The band can vibrate and light the screen to remind you to meet your heart rate and speed goals, making sure that you get the most out of your workout.
As with all Mi smart bands that have access to apps, you can also enjoy a new fitness feature "Competition" that has officially landed on Xiaomi Fitness APP. You can set daily exercise goals for yourself, pick and invite one of your friends to compete on workout achievements, share fitness plans, and more! The Mi Band 7 Pro has 5ATM water resistance and up to 12 days of battery life. A great choice for those who want a solid fitness watch that looks good and doesn’t break the bank!
If you prefer a square watch face - something that resembles the Apple Watch - check out the newer Redmi Watch 3. It comes at a slightly higher price but it features a large 1.75” AMOLED display with rounded corners and a stylish metallic finish. With 600 nits of brightness, the screen is ultra bright, meaning you can view everything with ease, even in strong sunlight. It also has some extra features, such as '24-hour security protection ' - in the event of an emergency, tap the side button three times to quickly call your emergency contact.
4. Mi S1 Active Smart Watch
If you’re after a full fledged smartwatch with all the functionality of premium smartwatches, the Mi S1 Active is for you! It features a 1.43” high-resolution AMOLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate, encased in a durable metal bezel, with a lightweight body of just 36g. As you’d expect, it has all of the features found on the other watches and more!
The built-in dual-band GNSS chip supports five major satellite positioning systems: GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS. Together with advanced optimization algorithms, it achieves faster, more accurate positioning, giving you professional statistics. The sleep monitoring function has also been upgraded with a 35% increase in accuracy and support monitoring different types of sleep. Additionally, the watch features an emergency button (side button on the bottom right-hand corner), which will quickly dial your emergency contact if you click it three times in a row.
Thanks to the built-in microphone and speaker, Bluetooth® phone call is now supported on the Watch S1 Active. If you are outdoor running, or in an inconvenient situation to take calls, you can answer or reject incoming calls with one tap on your watch. The Watch S1 Active is 5 ATM water resistant so you can keep it on when swimming and has a battery life of up to 12 days! When it comes to smart watches - it’s not often you'll come by one that has all this functionality and a 12-day battery life at such an affordable price. The Watch S1 Active is a gem for those looking for a great value smart watch!
We're pretty impressed at what these smart wearables have to offer at these price points. We hope you found this guide helpful and have picked out the best Xiaomi smart wearable for you. Head over to the Xiaomi brand store to check out more great value tech!