Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6: specs, price and first impressions [updated]

Updated: First hands on pictures from our review
Mi Band 6 lands with bigger, bolder screen
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The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 has been unveiled – and it’s a huge overhaul of the budget fitness tracker.

Xiaomi’s activity band has jumped in size to offer a bigger screen and more workout modes – as it heads off the challenge of budget fitness tracker/smartwatch hybrids like the Huawei Watch Fit.

It also now competes with Xiaomi’s smartwatches, the Mi Watch and Mi Watch Lite.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Mi Band 6.

Mi Band 6 specs at a glance

  • 1.56-inch AMOLED screen
  • 52 x 486 resolution – 450 nits – 326ppi
  • 30 workout modes
  • SpO2 sensor
  • PAI, female cycle tracking
  • 47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7mm; adjustable strap length: 155 - 219mm
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Global pricing TBC
  • Release date: April 2021

Mi Band 6 new features

Mi Band 6 new features

The Mi Band 6 packs in a 1.56-inch AMOLED screen, which is 50% bigger. It's doubled resolution over the Mi Band 5, upping the pixels to 52 x 486 from 126 x 294.

It boasts a 326PPI display that certainly ups the ante for fitness trackers, blowing the monochrome Fitbit Charge 4 out of the water, and going head-to-head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fit 2.

Exercise profiles have doubled to 30, with dance and Zumba joining more standard activities such as running, swimming and HIIT.

As expected, the Mi Band 6 adds SpO2 for the measurement of blood oxygen, and this is applied to the sleep tracking with a new measure of breathing quality.

Battery life now reaches 14 days via the magnetic charger which was introduced on the Mi Band 5.

Mi Band 6 first impressions

Mi Band 6 (left) and Mi Band 5 (right)

Mi Band 6 (left) and Mi Band 5 (right)

First impressions of the Mi Band 6 is that it's the same size as its predecessor. It's actually 1mm wider, but you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between them, even holding both devices.

However, the screen has been heavily improved. Not only does it fill the body of the band edge-to-edge, its also far brighter and colorful than the Mi Band 5, thanks to the 52 x 486 resolution, with 450 nits brightness and 326ppi density.

Mi Band 6 with 1.54-inch AMOLED display

Mi Band 6 with 1.54-inch AMOLED display

Elsewhere it's nearly the same. It comes with the stock rubber strap that's easy to fasten, but won't be winning any awards for design or comfort. There are different strap color options, with black, orange, yellow, olive, ivory all available.

The Mi Band 6 with SpO2 widget

The Mi Band 6 with SpO2 widget

There are new apps on board for SpO2 spot measurements, and blood oxygen is a measurement of sleep quality too.

Release date and price

Release date and price

Then there’s the price. The global price is still not clear and Xiaomi says that will be revealed closer to the April launch.

In China it will launch for 229 yuan for the non NFC version. The Mi Band 5 launched for 189 yuan, which has seen it retail for $35 in the US. That could push the cost of the Mi Band 6 closer to $50 when eventually it launches globally.

That will be interesting given the company has just released the Mi Watch Lite for £50/€50, although that’s not got a US release.

The Xiaomi Mi Band has always been available in the US – so availability will be one to watch. We’ll update with full information when we get it.


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