As indicated by the numbering of the bracelet itself, we are faced with the sixth generation of the most iconic activity bracelet of the Xiaomi brand, the one that has gained great recognition in the market for its quality and price ratio.
The evolution of the latest models has meant a before and an after, with the incorporation of new sensors that make it possible to monitor heart rate, draw sleep patterns or measure the level of oxygen saturation in the blood (SpO2). .
In short, more functions focused on offering reliable data on health status to delve into another set of functions such as monitoring stress, performing breathing exercises or monitoring patterns. the menstrual cycle of women.
Design and qualities
Regarding the appearance, you will find few changes from the previous edition Smart band 5 which we have already had the opportunity to analyze, since Xiaomi maintains the same type of strap with TPU material and an aluminum alloy buckle to attach it to the pin.
It maintains the functional design, so that you can easily remove the bracelet body to exchange it for another of another material or color. It’s a simple process where you don’t have to use a lot of force or strain the material. It is available in black, orange, yellow, olive green, ivory and blue.
In any case, as was the case with the Smart Band 5, you will not have to separate the body to charge its battery, since the magnetic charging system adheres to the connectors or pins without any manipulation.
In essence, it is an extremely light and comfortable product to carry with only 12.8 grams of weight. Its adjustable strap can vary between dimensions of 155 and 219 mm in length. It is a pity that it does not include another extra size as standard, because the Fitbit.
In any case, we have in our hands a very economical product that also guarantees water resistance with a rating of 5 ATM, which means that you can swim or dive up to 50 meters with it, keeping an eye on the water. aquatic activity you are doing.
But if this new Smart Band 6 stands out, it’s thanks to its spectacular AMOLED screen which represents a before and after when it comes to consulting the information displayed on the small 1.56-inch screen, whether indoors or in broad daylight.
Its resolution is 152 x 486 pixels with a color depth of 326 dpi and a brightness adjustable to the situation which reaches 450 nits. Added to this is the elimination of frames and the touch button, which allows us to gain 50% more in the viewing area. The Smart Band 5 had a 1.1-inch screen and a resolution of 126 x 295 pixels.
This is the key element that reveals the new model to anyone who has the new model on your wrist, with a much brighter and sharper screen that allows all data to be viewed is doable and you don’t have to render on the screen of your mobile application.
The corners are now rounded to make better use of space, so that the dials and faces take advantage of every corner of the screen, with tempered glass covering the screen with an anti-fingerprint coating, although those – these become patented after use.
Functions and mode of use
Following the trend of its previous version, the Smart Band 6 offers to be able to track any type of exercise you do in your everyday life and for this the bracelet claims to be able to record up to 30 different exercise modes to choose from. among.
Without a doubt, the fact that the device starts the counter before any dance, walk or movement you perform on a daily basis is a huge step forward, without having to worry about activating it manually so that it can be recorded.
However, truth be told, we wouldn’t mind if the number were lower in exchange for ensuring greater reliability in the counting of the data. It lacks a GPS function (as seems logical for its price), which makes it reliant on the mobile to ensure greater accuracy.
Even so and based on our tests, the bracelet is reliable but it deviates slightly from the most real data that a smart watch or bracelet with GPS. Over a distance of 10 km on foot, the margin of error of position and distance reaches nearly 400 meters.
On another note, with the sensors included in the new Smart Band 6, it is possible to monitor heart rate in different modes, including its state at rest or during exercise.
We can also measure the level of oxygen in the blood SpO2, as well as monitor the stages of sleep in light, deep or REM mode. Xiaomi offered to improve health functions, with stress monitoring, breathing exercises or vitality index assessment.
In the background there are other functions that it continues to work very well like on-screen notifications, although without any ability to respond to messages or calls.
Compared to other less budget options, we also can’t handle voice prompts because it doesn’t have a built-in voice assistant and it looks like you won’t find a microphone inside either.
We have already commented that the charging method is no different from the previous generation, with the magnetic base that adheres to the connector located next to the sensors of the bracelet, to facilitate the process and not having to remove the bracelet.
The full charging time can be up to 2 hours. The good news is that this will allow you to use the Mi Smart Band 6 for a period of almost 14 days continuously in a light use mode.
If, on the contrary, you bring the brightness level of your screen to the maximum, monitor various outdoor activities with the corresponding connection to the mobile’s GPS, and receive notifications, the time can be reduced considerably.
No obstante, según nuestras pruebas, en ningún caso el tiempo medio de uso bajó de los 8 días, lo que ofrece una idea del punto fuerte de esta pulsera de actividad de Xiaomi, that Garantiza un período de autonomía respetable y envidiable por otros dispositivos de competition.
The Mi Smart Band 6 It is already on sale in Europe for the suggested price of $ 44.99 if you buy it from the official Xiaomi website in black. The economical price that made it good in previous generations increases slightly, but in return we get a better product.
The new generation finishes are more premium, guarantee water resistance to 5 ATM, and most importantly, it can boast of including an AMOLED display of greater brightness and clarity that eliminates frames in favor of improved information. displayed.
Xiaomi points out that the Mi Smart Band 6 will be available in 6 different colors in addition to black, such as orange, yellow, olive green, ivory and blue. However, these models are not yet for sale. You can always turn to compatible consumables at Amazon.
Despite the fact that competition is tightening up in the activity tracker and smartwatch section, the Mi Smart Band 6 has made a huge gap among the general public, positioning itself as one of the best looking options in the market. of an entry level product.
The lack of GPS function makes you lose some precision in entering data, but nothing that affects the purpose of this bracelet, which is none other than monitoring your daily activity and motivating you to improve yourself in your everyday life.
In addition to the usual functions of monitoring, measuring and automatic detection of sports modes, Xiaomi has added other extras such as stress monitoring, breathing exercises, as well as the assessment of the vitality index.
So whether you are one of those who are entering this type of device for the first time, or if you already have a previous generation of Mi Smart Band, we believe that using the new AMOLED display with a higher resolution is a sufficient justification to give the jump to the new model.
- 1.56-inch AMOLED display (152 x 486 pixels)
- Brightness of 450 nits and 326 dpi
- Strap length 155 to 219 mm
- PPG heart rate sensor, heart rate monitor
- Sleep tracking (deep, light, REM)
- Menstrual cycle tracking
- Voltage monitoring, PAI
- 30 different sports modes
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Submersible 5 ATM (50 meters)
- 125 mAh battery
- Battery life up to 14 days
- Dimensions 47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7 mm
- Weight of 12.8 grams
- Compatible with Android 5.0+ or iOS 10.0+
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