Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi Band 7, its latest budget fitness tracker, the latest in a long-running series.
Low cost is a big advantage, like the Xiaomi MiSmart Band 6. The Mi Band 7 is 239 Yuan (equivalent to $36).
The band was announced only for China, but will soon be available in other countries. It could also be called the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 in America and Europe — Xiaomi added “Smart”, to the name of the previous generation.
The Mi Band 7’s display has the largest change. It measures 1.62 inches wide, compared to 1.52 inches in its previous model.
It is a full-color OLED panel that’s larger than the 0.76 inch display on the more expensive Fitness Tracker Luxe.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 also features an always-on mode that keeps the time displayed on-screen. The Mi Band 6 did not have an OLED screen. This is where OLED tech plays a crucial role, as the emissive pixels draw very little power when there are only a few of them lit.
Xiaomi rates the battery life of the Mi Band 7 at two weeks. Although it has not released any data on the Always-On mode, this usually reduces stamina. One week of use with the screen lit continuously? This isn’t too bad. Xiaomi claims that the battery can withstand heavy use for nine days.
This display mode is the best feature of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6. Xiaomi hasn’t yet implemented full GPS which would make the Mi Band 7 a great fitness tracker.
Like the previous model, the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 must use Connected GPS. A fitness tracker uses Bluetooth to get location data from a connected phone.
Xiaomi, however, has added 120 fitness tracking modes to the Mi Band 7. This will increase its fitness credibilty. These are most likely to be the same as what they look in the companion app.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 can also take SpO2 readings. This indicates your blood’s oxygen saturation. The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 can be purchased in China only. This alone should convince you to wait for a release in America or Europe.