We have another leak to do with Xiaomi Mi Band 5. The company’s flagship fitness device will reportedly come with an SpO2 sensor, Amazon Alexa functionality and women’s health functions.
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Mi Band 4 saw the light of day in June last year, and Xiaomi has been releasing new generations of the device pretty much every year. We are therefore expecting the next iteration to land in a couple of months time.
It will be interesting to see what Mi Band 5 will bring to the table. The current generation introduced a new full colour AMOLED display with 120 x 240 pixel resolution. It is also larger in size than previously coming in a 0.95 inches (versus 0.78 inches). Other features remained pretty much unchanged.
Rumours and leaks
It is rumoured Mi Band 5 will support NFC outside of China for the first time. The gen 4 has the chip for payments on the go, but it doesn’t work outside the country. This means NFC on Mi Band 5 will likely support Google Pay and other payment services.
Courtesy of Android.tr we have some more details. They’ve uncovered code in the Amazfit app they believe refers to the Mi Band. This reveals references to an SpO2 function which monitors blood oxygen levels in the body.
What’s more, it seems Mi Band 5 will come with Amazon Alexa as assistant. It is not the first device from the manufacturer to have this assistant but it is the first Mi Band to have it.
Something else that has been revealed in the code is female health tracking. Both versions of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 have this new function.
Previous leaks have indicated the band will come with a larger display. If we see this, it will be the second year in a row Xiaomi is increasing the size of the screen. The one on Mi Band 5 is rumoured to be 1.2 inches. The current tracker has a physical button underneath the display so the company could very well keep the dimensions the same by extending the screen, whilst integrating the button into the display.
Slashleaks has posted a few images of what is supposed to be Xiaomi Mi Band 5. If they turn out to be genuine, the next generation tracker will look quite different. Another report says the device will get the PAI function for better health tracking.
By the way, the pics come from Weibo which is an extremely popular Chinese social networking site. They also show the wearable in the turned-off state. The capacitive button can be seen towards the bottom of the display.
We don’t know if these images are genuine – it would be nice if they are. The band looks very attractive with its bezelless design.
But there are sceptics. For example, well-known tipster Xiaomishka states that these are fakes on his Twitter feed. And he is not alone in his view. You be the judge.
Other improvements that are expected to Mi Band 5 include an extension of the 20 day battery life, along with other software and hardware upgrades. The price is likely to stay the same.
Not too long before we find out all the final details and whether this really is Mi Band 5 in the pics. Stay tuned for more information as we approach an official unveiling in June or July.
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