Xiaomi Mi Band 4 | Image source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 vs Realme Band: the battle of the budget fitness bands

Realme’s entry into the fitness tracking space is a budget activity band. Launched a few days ago in India, it will soon sell in China. Realme continues to expand its reach geographically so is likely to extend availability to other countries. The tracker comes with a heart rate sensor, multiple sports options including cricket and great battery life. Rumors are that this will be followed by a smartwatch soon.

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Xiaomi Mi Band is currently one of the best budget fitness trackers around. Now on generation four, it has pretty much all you need for basic activity tracking

Realme’s unveiling has brought some compelling competition in the low-cost activity tracker market. Here’s how its device compares with Xiaomi Mi Band 4.


Xiaomi Mi Band 4 vs Realme Band: General and hardware

With their rubberized, no-nonsense designs there’s no mistaking what these two are. They come across as typical fitness bands. But Xiaomi Mi Band features are more square-ish look, while Realme Band reminds very much of Fitbit Inspire HR.

Both of these come with a color display. The screen size is almost identical at around 0.95 inches as are the dimensions of the core unit.

There is a difference in the display quality, though. Xiaomi Mi Band 4 has a slightly more high res, 120 x 240 pixel display. Realme’s is only 80 x 160. Another difference is navigation. Xiaomi’s device has a full touchscreen in addition to a physical button. You will be restricted to using only the physical button on the Realme band.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 4 | Image source: Xiaomi

Coming in at around 20 grams you’ll hardly feel either of these two on your wrist. Xiaomi Mi Band 4 beats Realme Band in terms of water-resistance, though. Its 5 ATM rating will hold down to depths of 50 meters. Realme’s device has a IP68 rating, which only guarantees protection in water up to 1.5m deep.

Neither has an overly premium look, but you can dress them up with different colored/material bands to customize them to your liking. If you’re after a sporty look, you’ll be happy.

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Realme Band | Image source: Realme

In terms of sensors, the devices share a 3-axis accelerometer and optical heart rate sensor. Mi Band 4 also sports a gyroscope and capacitive proximity sensor.

Next is the all-important battery life. Mi Band 4 will keep going for up to 20 days on a single charge thanks to its 135 mAh lithium ion battery. Realme Band has a slightly smaller 90 mAh battery. Up to 9 days of fitness tracking is what you can squeeze out of this.

The two are charged differently. On Mi Band the tracking unit pops out so you can charge it with a proprietary USB cable. In the case of the Realme, charging is done by sliding out one end of the silicone band. This reveals a USB-A connector which can be plugged into a USB port. This offers the convenience of there being no cords to lose or get tangled in.

Here’s a table illustrating all differences in design and hardware between the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and Realme Band.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Realme Band
Case material polycarbonate TPU material
Core unit physical size 21.6 x 10.8 mm 19.6 x 11.9 mm
Display size 0.95 inch 0.96 inch
Display resolution 120 x 240 pixels 80 x 160
Display type AMOLED touchscreen Color OLED
Water-resistance 5ATM IP68
Weight 22 g 20 grams
Sensors 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, Capacitive proximity sensor, Optical heart rate sensor 3-axis accelerometer, Heart rate sensor
NFC Yes No
Colors Orange, Purple, Black, Burgundy, and Beige Black, Yellow, Green
Battery life Up to 20 days
135 mAh lithium ion
6 to 9 days
90 mAH
RRP $40 $25

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 vs Realme Band: Activity tracking and smart functionality

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and Realme are decent options for someone looking for a budget fitness band. They’ll both have you covered around the clock and can track a wide variety of sports.

You’ll get 24/7 heart rate monitoring, tracking of steps, distance travelled, active minutes, calories burned, sleep and inactivity reminders. Reviews are yet to come in on the Realme band but we suspect there will be little difference in the quality of data.

An advantage of Xiaomi Mi Band is that it comes with Connected GPS. This means it has the ability to tap into your smartphone’s satellite signal. This provides for more precise distance tracking when exercising outdoors.

Another thing that works in Xiaomi’s favor is its tried and tested software eco-system. This is Realme’s first fitness tracking effort so its software is new.

In terms of smart functionality, Mi Band also has an edge. Just like Realme it has smartphone notifications, alarms and different watch faces. But it also comes with an iteration with built-in NFC. This can be used for making payments through AliPay and WeChat Pay. Plus it has the advantage of smartphone music control and a “Find my Band” feature in the app if you having trouble locating the wearable.


Xiaomi Mi Band 4 vs Realme Band: Verdict

The Realme Band is a cheaper alternative to Xiaomi Mi Band 4. But don’t worry, neither of these two will break the bank. The first sells for around $25 (only in India for now), the second for $40.

The extras that Xiaomi’s higher price brings are a more high-res display, double the battery life, better water-resistance, Connected GPS and NFC for contactless payments. Xiaomi Mi Band also has a more feature-rich software ecosystem.

If the difference in price is not of concern we suggest you go for Xiaomi Mi Band. If, on the other hand, you are on a tight-budget or are already a fan of Realme products, it might make more sense to stick with this brand.

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