Xiaomi is making some serious moves in terms of its global market share, and now it looks to do the same when it comes to fitness trackers.
The latest generation of its Mi Band fitness and health tracker called the Mi Band 6 goes for R799 but still packs the same feature and spec bang of devices costing twice as much and more.
Like HUAWEI’s Band 6 (R1699), it offers SpO2 tracking that can detect your blood oxygen saturation level which is vital to health, while also ticking sleep monitoring as well as all-day heart rate monitoring off of the essential health features offered list.
We love the adjustable Ag+ antibacterial strap that locks firmly into place and packs a lot of adjustment to comfortably fit dainty wrists to professional rugby player-sized wrists. The 1.56 full view AMOLED screen (49% larger area than Mi Smart Band 5) also sports nice colours, plenty of detail thanks to its 326 PPI that helps deliver clearer text and picture display quality.
This sports tracking companion offers 30 workout modes to record your heart rate and burned calories, including popular exercises the likes of Pilates, running, swimming (water-resistant up to 50m), and Zumba.
In terms of battery life, you can expect up to 14 days of battery life for normal use (ten days in our case which featured heavy usage and daily jog and outdoor walking sessions tracking). Once depleted, you can charge the battery quickly back to 100% with the device locking firmly into place on the charger thanks to magnetic charging pins.
The Mi Band 6 has knocked the HUAWEI Band 6 off its perch as our current favourite fitness tracker as it packs almost the same stylish look (though the notably more expensive HUAWEI does feel a bit more premium in hand), as well as all of the functionality of the Band 6 for around half the total bucks.