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Xiaomi adds menstrual cycle tracking to Mi Smart Band 5

Steve Rogerson
June 16, 2020



Chinese technology firm Xiaomi has added a host of health tracking capabilities to its Mi Smart Band 5. These include menstrual cycle tracking, breathing training and REM sleep detection.
 
It has a larger 2.8cm AMOLED dynamic display, improved fitness tracking accuracy, women’s health tracking, stress assessment, remote shutter control and more.
 
It is equipped with a PPG heart rate sensor. The heart rate monitoring algorithm has been optimised to support the 24-hour heart rate monitoring function. Hence, data monitoring is more accurate than the previous Mi Smart Band generations. Sleep monitoring accuracy feature is improved by 40% and the heart rate monitoring of irregular movements boasts up to 50% improvement.
 
On top of many performance improvements, Mi Smart Band 5 also introduces more health-related features. In terms of sleep monitoring, irregular and sporadic sleep patterns and rapid eye movement (REM) monitoring features have been added. So even lunch break naps can now be recorded as actual sleep data. It calculates heart rate variability and respiratory information during sleep, providing analytics reports to give users more detailed information on their sleeping cycles.
 
A built-in PAI Activity Index helps wearers calculate the levels of their heart rate using a specific algorithm and can provide users with helpful information to aid in exercises and workouts.
 
There is a menstrual cycle prediction function paired with a vibration alert for female users. A stress monitoring function can advise wearers when they should consider adjusting their breathing or try to rest and relax.
 
Powering these added features is a battery that supports up to 14 days of continuous usage. To charge, users snap the magnetic charging cable onto the back of the device when the battery runs low.
 
It is compatible with Android and iOS platforms.
 
Coming with a maximum brightness of 450nit and five adjustable brightness levels, it is said to ensure crystal clear viewing experience, even in back lit situations. It also comes with a 2.5D tempered glass panel that protects the screen from scratches and abrasions
 
Adopting a TPU material that is certified by GB/T 26572-2011 certification and is Europe RoHS compliant, the strap is soft, smooth and safe to wear. Straps are available in eight colours – black, blue, pink, orange, purple, yellow and green.
 
There are hundreds of customised themes to choose from, including 54 IP featured themes such as Spongebob Squarepants, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, and Detective Conan. Users can also customise the interface by adding function modules based on their preference, everyday mood and personal style.
 
Also incorporated is a remote photo control function to pair with phones for taking selfies from a distance.
 
The NFC version lets users activate XiaoAi AI assistant with a swipe to the right on its display. With a portable XiaoAI AI assistant, users can control smart AIoT devices, set alarm clocks, measure heart rate, check the weather and start exercise routines using voice controls. It will be supporting UnionPay mobile payments via an OTA update in late August.