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Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Test - Fitness tracker with color display!

by 23. May 2020
We tested the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 for you! The current model of the fitness tracker, which is also popular in Germany, offers a 0.95 inch color display, numerous new sports functions and is water-resistant to 50 meters. You can find a summary of our experiences with the Xiaomi fitness tracker in the following review.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

Xiaomi

Product

Xiaomi Mi Band 4

Specifications

Bracelet
Material: TPU
Closure: pin buckle
Size adjustable: 155 - 216 mm
L: 247 mm

tracking unit
Display Type: OLED (color)
Display diagonal: 0.95 inches
Display resolution: 120 x 240 pixels
Display brightness: 400 nit
Color depth: 24bit

Bluetooth: Standard 5.0 BLE
Heart rate sensor: Yes

Features
Pedometer: Yes
Sleep Monitor: Yes
Heart rate measurement: Yes
Date and time: Yes
Alarm function: Yes
Stopwatch: Yes
Notifications: Yes
Music playback control: Yes
Motor Reminder: Yes

Accumulator
Battery type: lithium polymer
Battery capacity: 135 mAh
Battery life: up to 20 days

other
App: MiFit
Water protection: 5ATM
Size: 17.9 46.9 x x 12.6 mm
Weight: 22.1g

What's in the box

1x tracking unit
1x bracelet
1x charging adapter
1x user manual

Introduction: Xiaomi Mi Band 4

That is at the end of May 2018 Xiaomi Mi Band 3 appeared. Xiaomi continued the release cycle and did so in early June 2019 Xiaomi Mi Band 4 presented in China. Until the publication of a multilingual Global Version we had to wait a few months, but the popular fitness tracker from China is now officially available in Germany. The global version is CE-marked, but does without NFC and the new Xiao AI functions. Our test relates to the Mi Band 4 Global.

The front of the Mi Band 4 with the OLED color display.

Design and display

The compact design of the previous Mi bands remains true to Xiaomi. The Bracelet Made of TPU, 18 mm is wide and adjustable in size between 155 - 216 mm. A pin buckle holds the bracelet firmly on the wrist. Practical is the identical bracelet size to the Mi Band 3. If you want to switch from the predecessor to the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, you can continue to use your old bracelet!

Mi Band 4 capsule with TPU strap

New is the 0.95 inch large touch display. This is of the type AMOLED and now also represents colors (24bit). The high resolution of 240 120 x pixels ensures a crisp, sharp image with a low display diagonal. Special features of the AMOLED are the particularly strong colors and the almost infinite contrast. When black is displayed, the pixels that light up are simply turned off. As a practical side effect, the energy consumption of the panel is reduced.

Tracking unit with OLED color display and backside heart rate sensor

By the high Display brightness of 400 Nit The display remains very readable even in the sunshine. Overall, 5 brightness levels are available. What the display unfortunately misses is an automatic brightness adjustment. The panel is protected by a hardened protective glass. The 2.5D Curved Cut ensures rounded edges and a better look. The capsule-shaped tracking unit is removable and is connected via a 2 pin connector loaded. The charging pins are now on the bottom, so that the charger of the predecessor in contrast to the bracelet is not compatible! The fitness bracelet is waterproof to 5ATM (50 meter) and can therefore be easily worn while swimming.

Processing and delivery

At the quality of workmanship there is nothing to complain about. The Mi Band 4 is expected to be well processed. Even after repeated removal, the inlet of the tracker and the shutter will not let up. The comfort is excellent. The What's in the box includes the TPU wristband, tracking unit, USB charging adapter, and instruction manual.

Mi Band 4 included with charger, strap and manual

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 features

Better tracking and new sports modes

The 6 Axis Motion Sensor (3 Axis Accelerometer + 3 Axis Gyroscope) gives the Mi Band 4 new possibilities to track an even wider range of sports. Overall, stand 6 sports to select. In addition to running, treadmill and walking, there are cycling, swimming and free training. All training sessions can be started directly from the smartband. On PPG sensor measures the heart rate of the user. This even works pretty well and provides even in the high pulse range still reasonably comprehensible results.

No GPS, but MiFit GPS

A GPS module is not installed. Instead, the GPS of the connected mobile device can be used for a more accurate tracking. But even without GPS delivers the Pedometer extremely precise results. Depending on the sport, the following data is collected, among others:

  • Elapsed time
  • steps
  • Removal
  • calorie consumption
  • Geschwindigkeit
  • stride
  • heart rate
  • height difference
  • Performance VO2Max
  • Swolf
  • beat number

All data will be sent by Bluetooth 5.0 BLE transferred to the MiFit app and can be viewed in edited statistics. In addition to the edited display of all sports data, the MiFit is the control center of the Mi band. Settings for the bracelet, the notification reception, the weather or the alarm clock can be made directly via the app.

More than 53 Watchfaces

To customize the user interface, Xiaomi is the same 53 different watchfaces to select. The high-resolution AMOLED display offers new possibilities to display even more unusual watchfaces. In addition to time, date and steps, animations can also be displayed.

Especially interesting is the possibility to develop your own Watchfaces for the Mi Band. Own creations or watchfaces from the community can be loaded via app (MiBand4 - Watchface) directly onto the bracelet.

Language Assistant and NFC

!! The following applies exclusively to the Chinese version of Mi Band 4 !!

In China, the NFC model supports the Xiao AI language assistant. The Xiao AI is indeed equated with "Western" language assistants like Google Voice, Alexa or Siri understands so far but only Chinese, and is therefore of interest only to the Chinese users.

To what extent the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 will receive a Western language assistant remains to be seen. The Xiaomi company Huami has a close relationship with the Amazfit Verge already made. Instead of the Xiao AI, the international model of the Smartwatch with Amazon Alexa has appeared. The NFC function is also denied to the Chinese market, so that mobile payment with eg Google Pay is not possible!

Notifications, music control and more

In addition to sports functions, the Mi Band 4 also offers other functions that make everyday life easier for the user. Incoming on the smartphone App and call notifications can be displayed directly on the fitness tracker. For example, if you receive a WhatsApp message, you can retrieve it via the bracelet. However, it is not possible to reply to messages or SMS!

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 color display with status

The music function allows you to control the songs played on your smartphone via the Mi Band. Songs can be paused and skipped, as well as the playback volume can be adjusted. The name of the currently playing song is also displayed on the fitness tracker.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 color display with weather indicator

own vibration patternthat can be created via the MiFit app, customize the visibility of incoming notifications. Other features include:

  • The display of the weather with weather forecast
  • An alarm clock, a stopwatch and a timer
  • A DND sleep mode so that no more notifications are received
  • Look for the smartphone with the Mi band, or vice versa to search the Mi band with the smartphone
  • Safely unlock the smartphone with the Mi Band
  • Record the sleep and display the sleep data or sleep irregularities via the Mi Fit app
  • A motion memory

Accumulator

The capacity of the battery was up 135 mAh or 125 mAh (NFC model) raised. Xiaomi himself gives the battery life up to 20 days.

In practice, the brightness level 3, 24-hourly heart rate measurement and 6 hours of sport / week as well as constant Bluetooth connection to the smartphone became one Duration of 16 days measured. A complete one charging nimmt 80 Minutes to complete.

Price Comparison

You want to know where to buy the Xiaomi Mi Band 4? In our price comparison we list the current offers of the most popular shops. All prices are checked and updated several times a day. Should a shop appear several times, it concerns the different warehouses of the dealer.

Price history

Current prices

Alternate
1-5 working days
24,29€
Notebook cheaper
1-5 working days
24,36€
Banggood
10-30 working days
25,00€
Cyberport
1-5 working days
26,90€
Amazon
1-5 working days
27,28€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
27,41€
Buy geekbuying
1-5 working days
31,10€

Price too high? Use our price alarm clock!

Prices last updated on: 10. July 2020 12: 02

Final Words

rating
Positive

Good workmanship
Pleasant wearing comfort
Waterproof to 5ATM and swim mode
Color display with good legibility
Individual watch faces
Precise pedometer
Functional range of the Mi Fit app
Receive notification content
Sound control
Good battery life

Negative

No automatic brightness adjustment
Heart rate measurement in the higher pulse range slightly inaccurate
No response to notifications
Global version without NFC and voice assistant

First impression
9.0
8.1
Design
9.0
9.0
Display
9.0
8.1
Comfort
8.5
9.0
Features
8.5
9.5
App
8.5
8.2
Battery life
7.5
9.2
Summary

With the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, the Chinese electronics giant once again presents a very well-equipped fitness bracelet for a small price. The OLED display extends the range of functions even further. In addition to fancy watchfaces, the readability in sunshine has improved significantly.

Also interesting are the new sports modes. With the sport mode "swimming" and the 5ATM waterproofness, users also get far-reaching possibilities of use in the water. The battery life is still very good with realistic 16 days. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is unreservedly recommended!

8.6
Our rating
8.7
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