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Xiaomi Mi Band 7 specs, release date: next gen to feature larger screen

In this article we look to the future of the most popular budget fitness band in the world. It is our take on what to expect from Xiaomi Mi Band 7, including possible technical specs and release date.

A few leaks have dropped which give a good hint as far as possible features. We combine this with our best guess as to functionality we could reasonably expect. We have updated this article a couple of times, and will continue to do so as and when new information becomes available.

The wearable is a popular choice for those looking for a budget fitness band. In just two weeks following its release, some 1 million Mi Band 6s were snapped up! And that’s before it was even made available for purchase internationally.


Xiaomi Mi Band 7: Design

Display

The biggest upgrade of Xiaomi Mi Band 6 over its predecessor comes in the form of a larger display. You could say that this has become somewhat of a tradition. The size of the screen has been bumped up for several years in a row now.

In 2021 we got a 1.56 inch AMOLED that contours to the shape of the band, up from 1.1 inches before. That’s quite a sizeable increase. The company says this type of display gives users 50% more screen space than on the predecessor device.

Most impressively, Xiaomi has managed to achieve this without increasing the size of the device. There is a difference but it’s marginal. The current version measures 47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7mm which is only slightly larger and thicker than generation 5.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 vs Mi Band 5: what’s new and different?
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 | Image source: Xiaomi

Which means the increase in size has been achieved by shrinking the bezel around the edges. In fact you could say there’s almost no bezel now. Well, there is but it is small.

The quality of the AMOLED on Mi Band 6 is pretty high (326 ppi, 152 x 486 pixels) so this might also stay the same on Mi Band 7. But an area of improvement could be screen protection. All the Xiaomi Mi Bands so far are succeptible to scratching. That could easily be changed with a Gorilla Glass display or similar.

A larger display, once again

If you think 2022 might a year where the display finally stays the same size, think again. Xiaomi looks to be going down the route of Huawei and Honor. Their latest fitness bands come with an even larger screen (measuring a whopping 1.64 inches) than the one that can be found on Mi Band 6. This has been achieved by making the middle part of the display wider than the strap.

Might Xiaomi opt for this route? It is looking incresibly possible. In fact, a recent patent in China would suggest this. It shows a Xiaomi “smart bracelet” that looks very much along the lines of the current generation. The main difference is the display which extends beyond the width of the strap.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 patent

If this ends up being the new design, it will further burn the line between fitness bands and smartwatches a bit too much. Xiaomi has a loyal following and is is questionable whether its customers will be happy with such a radical change in design.

Adding credence to this is info that comes from Magical Unicorn (via Logger). The source has a decent track-record of leaking info of unreleased devices.

This reveals Mi Band 7 is being developed under the codename “L66”. Two variants are in the works that go by model numbers M2129B1 and M2130B1. They’ve dug for information in the Zepp app software code and found that Xiaomi Mi Band 7 will come with display pixel resolution of 192 x 490 pixels. That’s just as wide as Honor Band 6, but taller.

They’ve even managed to dig up some pics of watch faces. Once again, there will be a rich selection.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 watch faces

Shown below are a few always-on options. Yes, Xiaomi Mi Band 7 looks like it will have an AOD option.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 watch faces

A capacitive button?

The all-screen front on generation 6 means Xiaomi has had to do away with the physical button below the display. So you now need to use the touchscreen to navigate the screen. This includes swipping, tapping and tap holding. That’s all well and good but a physical button can be useful in wet conditions, while you are wearing gloves, etc.

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Might we see a return of some sort of physical button on gen 7? We wouldn’t rule it out. A good route might be something akin to the capacitive button which can be found on some Fitbit fitness bands and smartwatches.

Any other hardware changes?

Battery life on the current version is an excellent two weeks on a single charge. This has remained relatively unchanged in the last few generations although the battery life does take a hit with adavanced features. Awesome battery life is one of the main attractions of the Mi Band and we expect this to remain to be the case in the future.

Having said that, the more power-hungry specs of Mi Band 7 will put a strain on the battery. Hence the above leak points to the introduction of Power modes. Switch to the Battery saver mode and the band only records steps and basic information. But it will keep going for longer.

The water resistance is also quite good at 5 ATM on the current version. That means you can safely swim with it. Expect more of this on the next generation.


Xiaomi Mi Band 7: Features

Apart from design tweaks, Mi Band 6 comes with several other upgrades over its predecessor. The most important one is something that was expected to land last year – an SpO2 sensor. This allows you to take blood oxygen measurements on demand.

The current generation also brings more sports modes over its predecessor. Now there are 30, and 6 of these are with auto-recognition.

Other than there was nothing really new this year. Many had expected Alexa functionality but this was nowhere to be seen.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 vs Mi Smart Band 5: what’s new and different?
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Fitness tracking

The Mi Band ticks most boxes for those after a basic fitness tracker that won’t break the bank. You won’t find the bells and whistles of a Garmin or Fitbit but you do get a lot.

This includes the steps, distance, calories, stress, heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep, female health tracking, activity and more. Expect generation 7 to come with all this and more. Of course, the quality of statistics should be improved as next device will come with the latest tech on offer and improved algorithms.

Xiaomi has been improving the accuracy and breadth of its stats. For example Gen 6 brings sleep breathing quality through the SpO2 sensor. Heart rate monitoring has benefited from improvements in recent years but this still has room for improvement, particularly during high intensity exercise. Improvements in the accuracy of sleep tracking would also be welcome.

An altimer remains the one obvious omission. This is used to calculate floors climbed. We hope to finally see this on the 2022 iteration.

Another possibility could be built-in GPS. The current generation relies on your smartphone’s sattelite signal for this. So if you are doing a run outside and want detailed maps of your exercise and accurate stats, you need to have your smartphone with you – which is not ideal.

One route Xiaomi could go down is to introduce a version with GPS and a version without. Not everyone needs built-in GPS and there’s no reason for them to be paying for tech they won’t use.

The above-mentioned leak from Magical Unicorn does mention references in the code that refer to built-in GPS (including BDS, Galileo, Glonass support). Perhaps the two versions of the fitness band that are mentioned are one with and one without built-in GPS.

Smart functionality

More improvements should come in the form of smart functions. Alexa compatibility was widely expected this year but it didn’t make the cut. Huami, which is the manufacturer of Xiaomi Mi Bands, has had this on its fitness bands for over a year now. There’s no reason for Xiaomi not to introduce this. There is a voice assistant currently on Mi Band 6 but that is only for the China region.

Another feature that is reserved for the local market are payments-on-the go. NFC on Mi Bands exists, but only on the Chinese iteration. It high time Xiaomi brings this across the border?

Finally, Mi Band 6 allows you to control music from a connected smartphone. Built in storage for music would be nice, albeit unlikely.

Going back, once again, to the Magical Unicorn leaks. And this points to a few smart functions. One of these is a Smart Alarm feature. This was available with the first generation Mi Band but has sadly been dropped on the subsequent generations. Well, it looks like this may make a return on Mi Band 7.

The function wakes you up when you are in the light stage of sleep within a 30 minute window before the set alarm. It simulates natural wake-up which should hopefully have you up feeling refreshed as you have not been woken up from deep sleep.

The leak also mentions a Passcode feature. It made a brief appearance on Mi Band 4 but not on any other bands. It allows you to passcode protect your fitness tracker.


Xiaomi Mi Band 7: Release date, price

To summarise, we are expecting Mi Band 7 to come with a larger display with an always-on option, built-in GPS (maybe), features such as smart wake, passcode, Power Saving Battery Mode and more.

Xiaomi has been fairly regular at releasing subsequent generations of the Mi Band each year. Since 2016 these were unveiled in May or June, 2021 being the exception.

  • Xiaomi Mi Band – July 2014
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 1S – November 2015
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – June 2016
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – May 2018
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 4 – June 2019
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 5 – June 2020
  • Xiamo Mi Band 6 – March 2021

The tech giant surprised us last year with a Spring release date. So it seems the gap between subsequent generations is narrowing. This means Mi Band 7 could land any time now – possibly in May or June if Xiaomi reverts to the later release date.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6
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As far as price, this has been creeping up. The current generation will set you back around $60 (check current price on Amazon). This price point is probably the top end of what you would want to pay for a budget fitness tracker. This is why we don’t really see Xiaomi bumping up the price any further.

Except, of course, if there’s an iteration with built-in GPS. If that one pans out expect it to retal around $30 more than the regular variant.

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41 thoughts on “Xiaomi Mi Band 7 specs, release date: next gen to feature larger screen

  • NFC for Google Pay payments ; longer battery life (it’s been dropping progressively with newer versions, the original lasted nearly 40 days, whereas the mi band 6 reportedly lasts 4/5/6 days for some people) ; google assistant support (others might prefer Alexa, but ideally we should get a choice).

    Those 3 (in decreasing order of importance) would the main reasons I can forsee for me to want to upgrade.

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  • it would be great to see the device turning into a health monitor by adding
    1) blood pressure
    2) ecg

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    • I want to see
      Built-in GPS
      Blood pressure
      More sports mods
      And Alexa or Google

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      • blood pressure is not something that can be monitored that easily with a simple 40€ band

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    • What about a MRI Scanner?

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    • Blood pressure is in the mi band 6

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  • NFc could already be released if Xioami wanted. There is enough hardware for this in mi band 6

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    • I gave up waiting for mi band nfc that is usable globally. When mi band 2 came out it was rumored to be on mi band 3. I waited but then the nfc can only be used in China. Rumor was that mi band 4 will the one with global nfc, so I waited. Now mi band 7 is about to come out and honestly I don’t see it happening.

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    • Only need Blood Pressure. That’s make sense.

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  • 2 models: Mi Band 7/Pro

    Normal: thermometer, blood pressure, larger battery, two side buttons, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
    Pro Version: thermometer, blood pressure, larger battery, two side buttons, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 + global NFC + GPS

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    • Don’t forget the altimeter and a in-app or directly on the watch ECG

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  • As other mentioned, GPS is a must. ECG, BP Is a good addition as well hopefully Xiaomi will listen to their customers.

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    • MI BAND 7: NFC PRE PLATBY MOBILOM, KRVNÝ TLAK, VÝDRŽ BATÉRIE 28 DNI,

      MI BAND 7 PRO:. NFC PRE PLATBY MOBILOM, KRVNÝ TLAK, VÝDRŽ BATÉRIE 28 DNI, GPS, A BATERKA (DIODA) NA SVIETENIE

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  • What are you doing with GPS??

    I’d wish for Always-on-Display. Then I’d switch back from an Amazfit Watch.

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  • Blood pressure, long time battery, Gorilla Glass 4 , GPS

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  • Video games on the watch.

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    • Flashlight also is a must for remote area out of electricity and remote shutter

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    • the barometer must be

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  • GPS equals battery drain. Better off carrying your phone for that.
    Accuracy in the heart rate and Oxygen sensors need to be improved.

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  • would be nice to connect to action cameras,
    have surf sport,
    all house connections…
    nfc
    microfone

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  • Global NFC and GPS is a must with good battery life. I still use Mi Band 4 because after this version there is no significant changes and what is worst battery life is much shorter. I can use my Mi Band 4 for up to 4 weeks on single charge so I don’t see any reason to change to to something working for max 2 weeks when there is no any usefull feature added.

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    • Phisiological index is a v important health addition

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  • Some of the comments are wishful thinking that might be possible in Mi Band 12 or 13, like a flashlight. GPS would be good, but still think that it will greatly shorten the battery life, so it is also unlikely. I would go for capabilities that involve the sensors mountable on the watch that do not exist on most phones and do not impact the form factor.
    Sure, if I wanted a 3-4 day battery life and classic watch form factor there is a vast amount of models available with many functionalities from which I would like to have in-built GPS and bi-directional handsfree, but neither of those options will be available on this form factor for a longer time.
    I would like the band to remain similarly sized with at least two weeks battery with all the functionalities enabled. I hope to see an improved backside sensor with the added capability of blood pressure monitoring. On the software side I would like to see improved accuracy on heart rate sensor, and recognition of concerning cardiovascular states (arrhythmia, high bp, low bp, evaluated in combination with current movement). In the app I would like a capability to capture the messages from other apps that appear on the phone’s notification area (like push messages and info from apps that are not messengers).

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  • Absolute rubbish within the comments. GPS would only drain the battery way faster and the blood pressure is way more inaccurate if you measure it on your wrist, so what’s the point to repeat the Theranos story, but this time with measuring wrist pressure? Ridiculous.

    The main focus should be getting battery to live for 40 days again! Besides, design improvement with ergonomics and even more appealing interface may be the secondary focus this time.

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    • I strongly agree. Better battery life is way more important. Some software QoL would be nice.

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  • The most important is GPS to get better accurately for running and calculate the distance. Blood pressure or body temperature both are important hopefully they’ll added.

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  • I can’t understand how there is no “Football” and “Hiking” in the selection of the sports… I think those two are a MUST for the 7th gen.

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  • I hope they add a game to waste my time in school :), And gorilla glass, I was think to buy mi band 6 but everyone say Huawei and honor better in few things, So I decided to wait to june 2022 maybe the mi band 7 will take the lead again, And my mi band 4 have alot of scratches now, I really want them to add gorilla screen or just something to protect the band screen..

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    • I want to add to the screen
      Always On Display

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  • i want to see air pressure sensor, height sensor, thermometer and gps

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  • Would love to see an NFC and improved features to controll phone audio. Band 6 is not ideal. People who looked into this extensively an tell.

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  • A Light Sensor and a built-in GPS

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  • the possibility to run outside while listening to music or audiobooks without carrying the phone

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  • There was never a physical button, it was touch-sensitive button.

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  • Here’s my 2 cents on what I’d like to see added:
    – Flashlight with automatic SOS capabilities;
    – Avalanche transceiver (doubled with a RECCO transponder for when batteries run out) combined with the skiing mode;
    – MOB (Man-Overboard) beacon combined with sailing/waterskiing/jetskiing modes
    – G-Force meter – with bungee-jumping mode
    – 3 Thermometers – one for body temp, one for ambient temp and one with a plugin Bluetooth 5.1 LE sensor for usage with a BBQ
    – Programmable car-keys; where I can add the keyless car keys of my choice
    – Remote Traffic Light Switch – obviously…
    And more, which I might add later.

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