Xiaomi has announced the Mi Band 5 along with the new Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic for the European markets. The Mi Band 5 was launched in June in China and is now heading to European countries dubbed as Mi Smart Band 5. The Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic offers up to 20 hours of battery life and comes packed in a newly designed carrying case.
Let’s take a look at the features and pricing of the Mi Band 5 and Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic.
The Mi Smart Band 5 features a 1.1-inch AMOLED display which is 20% larger than the previous generation Mi Band 4. The fitness trackers come preloaded with more than 65 watch faces and can be paired with up six different coloured straps. The screen also has a one-touch button which can be used to wake up the screen, otherwise, it serves as the back button.
The Mi Smart Band 5 comes with a magnetic charging dock so users will no longer have to take out the tracker from the rubber straps to charge it up every time. The fitness tracker claims to provide 14-day battery life and can be recharged from 0-100% in under 2 hours. In battery saving mode, the tracker can last for upto 20 days on a single charge.
It features 11 professional sports modes including outdoor running, treadmill, cycling, walking, freestyle, pool swimming, elliptical, rowing machine, jump rope, indoor cycling and Yoga. The tracker is also able to monitor running and walking automatically along with data points on pacing, kilometres alerts and heart-rate alerts.
The Mi Band 5 comes with a 5 ATM certification which means that it can survive 50 meters underwater for 10 minutes easily. The fitness tracker also supports 24-hour smart heart rate monitoring by up to 50% increased accuracy and also vibrates alerting wearer of irregular heart-rate. The Mi Band 5 also comes with 24-hour sleep monitoring which offers 40% improved accuracy over the Mi Band 4 and can monitor your sleeping patterns to create data points that will help you improve your sleeping habits.
The Mi Band 5 can also come in handy for music playback, finding your phone, incoming calls, SMS alerts and more. Unlike the Mi Band 5 in China which is available in two variants-- NFC and non-NFC, in Europe the Mi Smart Band 5 doesn’t come with NFC support. It is priced at EUR 39.99 which roughly translates to around Rs 3,400 by direct conversion.
Xiaomi has also announced the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic which joins the company’s Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 that launched in India earlier this year. The Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic offer upto 20 hours of battery life with the carrying case and can last for around 5 hours on a single charge. In comparison, the Mi TWS Earphones 2 only offers 14 hours worth of battery life with the carrying case and 4 hours on single-use.
The Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic are aimed at music listeners and business professionals as it also come with dual microphones that assist in environmental noise cancellation. The earphones use beamforming technology to cancel out background noise during calls, ensuring an uninterrupted experience.
These earphones are fitted with 14.2mm dynamic drives that are responsible to make the sound output clearer, natural and balanced. It supports SBC and AAC audio codecs. The Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic features a semi in-ear design and each earbud weigh around 4.7 grams.
The earphones also come with touch controls offering more granular control over incoming calls, music playback, engaging voice assistant and more. The earphones detect if the user has taken off the earphones and pauses the music playback automatically.
The Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic are priced at EUR 39.99 which roughly translates to Rs 3,400 by direct conversion. There’s currently no word on whether or not Xiaomi has plans to launch the Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic in India. However, given that the company does sell the regular versions of its TWS earphones, we expect the Basic ones to arrive sometime later in the year.