Xiaomi Mi Band 6: Test and Comparison 6 vs. 5

Xiaomi’s Mi Band series enjoys great popularity. The Chinese company provides fitness trackers that have the most important features on board for little money. So far, users have compromised when it comes to data protection, which does not go hand in hand with European standards. To Xiaomi Mi Band 6 comes with larger display. In the test, we clarify whether it outperforms its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5, and whether data protection has improved somewhat.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 with larger screen

Without significantly changing the dimensions of the case, Xiaomi has given the Mi Band 6 a significantly larger screen. This is achieved by the display using more front surface and illuminating the curves. Thanks to AMOLED technology, the screen shines clearly and with high contrast. The brightness can be adjusted in five steps. The display is easy to read in any light.

  • Screen height: 39.6 millimeters (1.56 inches)
  • Resolution: 152×486 pixels (Mi Band 5: 126×294 pixels)
  • Suitcase dimensions: 47.4×18.6×12.7 millimeters
  • Weight: 12.8 grams (manufacturer information related to the case) / 23.6 grams (weighed in the test laboratory including the bracelet)

Some functions can be accessed by swiping up or down.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6: Operation OK

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 responds to input using touch screen liquid, if not rocket fast. that menu structure is quickly understood: By swiping right and left, you switch back and forth between time and weather display as well as music remote control. You navigate vertically between the individual “apps”, including heart rate and oxygen content measurement, training and training history, notifications, alarm clock and cycle information. The settings can also be found there. This shows that despite growth, the size of the screen is sometimes not enough: It Writing is quite small and some menu items do not fit in the display and are therefore abbreviated (“Bright.”, “Factory.”) or scroll slowly from left to right. that time the tracker only shows if you raise your arm or press the display. Permanent display is not possible.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 operation

The band does not display the time until you press it.

comfort and design

The bracelet has a similar form factor as its predecessor. It is narrow, but the case is relatively high. The plastic looks and feels a little cheap. The material turned out to be less scratch resistant in the test, while the screen is well protected. Stupid: The bracelet sometimes left marks when used. The buckle is passed through a tab and then hooks a nubsi into one of the holes. It holds moderately well – a buckle would be more elegant.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 side view

The buckle could be tighter and more comfortable to use.

Bracelets can be changed

The tracker can be taken off the wristband, for example to change the wristband. Xiaomi sells the strap in other colors abroad, but only in black in this country. Dealers, however, sell straps from different manufacturers that fit the case.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 parts

The bracelet can be taken out of the box and changed.

Fitness features in the test

On board the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 are similar fitness features as its predecessor.

  • Sports detection: Like its predecessor, the bracelet automatically recognizes some workouts and asks if you want it to record them. For this, the function under Settings (or as Mi Band abbreviates “Settings”) and discover activity must be activated. This works for walking, running, cycling, crosstrainer and rowing machine. In the test, it worked after a few minutes walk e.g.
  • Training modes: Xiaomi Mi Band 6 can do significantly more sport than its predecessor. So if you record a workout, you have several modes to choose from: 11 has become 30. Zumba, Pilates, boxing, and ice skating have also been added. Like its predecessor, the band counts the jumps when they jump in ropes. To record the route outside, you must have your smartphone with you. However, the app only determines the route and did not record the altitude in the test.
  • Sleep tracking: The bracelet registers sleep at night and determines the duration and phases of sleep. In the test, it remained somewhat superficial and revealed, for example, not to get up at night as an awake phase.
  • Heart rate measurement: Mi Band 5 accurately measured the pulse in the test. Its successor only succeeds in this when the arm position is still. If the arms move more during training, it had significant problems in the test and overestimated the heart rate after a workout by an average of 32 beats compared to the reference. The results of the heart sensor thus only give an overview of the heart rate in everyday life, because the bracelet measures it once a minute – at least if it was set in the app like this: Below profile, my devices, My smart bracelet 6, health monitoring, All-day heart rate measurement it can be set up.
  • oxygen saturation: Mi Band 6 estimates the oxygen saturation in the blood. However, as with other wearables, this is not medically correct and the result should therefore be treated with caution.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and Mi Fit app

The app on the smartphone shows the collected data, such as sleep.

Smart features in Mi Band 6

The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is a bit smarter than the fifth generation. A living Alarm clock can now be set via the ribbon – exactly for the day, repeated and switched on and off without the need for the smartphone app. that music playback The new generation continues to remotely control the mobile phone: volume up, volume down, next or previous song, pause and play. The band receives news from the phone and shows Callwhich can be rejected. A response function is missing. The newly introduced Xiaomi Mi Band 6 NFC variant offers additional payment features and a language assistant. It lacks the basic version.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 types of training

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 has several sports in store.

Privacy: Devaluation for the Mi Fit app

To set up and use the bracelet, you need a compatible smartphone with the “Mi Fit” app. It runs on iPhones with iOS 10 or later and on Android phones with at least version 5.0. The catch: fitness bracelets collect sensitive health and user data, including email address, height, birthday and weight. These are subject to special protection in the EU. COMPUTER BILD got the data protection conditions (as of June 24, 2020) for the Mi-Fit app checked by an independent law firm in February 2021. The app got the grade “bad” (school class 5) because it contains many invalid clauses. Since then, no new version has appeared. Therefore, the editorial staff downgraded the grade for volume 6 by one level (1.0). Critical points are, for example: Xiaomi reserves the right to use cycle data from women for direct advertising, although this must be specifically protected under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The manufacturer transmits data to third countries outside the scope of the GDPR without clarifying how the data is protected or whether EU standard contracts have been concluded. The provider uses the user’s personal information to develop new tools.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and Julia Struck

The new generation of the Xiaomi band is not convincing in the test.

Battery life: Excessive breathing

The band’s battery has a capacity of 125 milliampere hours (mAh) – just like its predecessor. The tape easily lasted more than a week with activated sleep tracking, meticulous heart rate measurement, incoming messages and medium screen brightness. It only uses more juice when it has to record training.

price and availability

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 costs 36 euros (as of September 23, 2021). It has been available in black in Germany since April 2021.

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