OnePlus has recently joined the party for wearables, introducing its first smartband. The OnePlus Band is already a reality, which makes comparisons with the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 inevitable, its main rival to beat in many markets. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two bracelets, and the advantages one has over the other.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band has been reigning for years, because it is a cheap product that offers a lot for what it costs. Of course, there are more advanced smartbands on the market, but their features more than meet the demands of most. Samsung, Huawei, Realme and other firms have their own smartphone, but the market has welcomed the new OnePlus Band with open arms, after its recent presentation in China.
Their similarities and differences
There are several ways in which both bracelets are very similar. For example, they sport a similar design, Bluetooth 5.0 LE connectivity , or 5 ATM water resistance. They also allow 24-hour heart rate and sleep monitoring. Another of its similarities is a twin screen, AMOLED color with a size of 1.1 inches and a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels in the two smartbands.
However, the OnePlus Band has wanted to offer one of the great shortcomings of the Mi Band 5, by having an SpO2 sensor, which allows monitoring of blood oxygen saturation. It is a control that increases security to avoid overexertion, sometimes not detected when we are performing at our best. In this sense, OnePlus has also wanted to be above the Mi Band 5, offering 13 exercise modes compared to the 11 modes of the Mi Band 5.
However, the Mi Band 5 has functions for measuring the level of stress or monitoring the menstrual cycle , which is not found in the OnePlus bracelet. In addition, the battery is higher in the Xiaomi wearable with its 125 mAh, compared to the 100 mAh of the OnePlus Band. However, both promise to last up to 14 days away from the charger. Charging is also different, as the Mi Band 5 offers a magnetic charger, while the OnePlus Band uses an external adapter via a USB-A port. Fortunately, in neither of the two is it necessary to release the module to load.
Software and compatibility
In this section, Xiaomi wins by far by having an application very refined in time such as Mi Fit. In addition, it is available for Android and iPhone. OnePlus has developed the OnePlus Heatlh software, which is also available on Google Play but does not currently offer Android support. In addition, and according to the first reviews that arrive from India, this app requires more work to reach at least equal, the Xiaomi app.
Which one to keep?
If the OnePlus Band lands in our market, and it does so at the same price as the Mi Band 5, the Xiaomi bracelet may still be worth more. Its battery and the polish of its software with a great advantage, in addition to the community behind it and all the customization options it has.
For its part, if someone has missed the blood oxygen control a lot, something that we believe will also come with the Mi Band 6, the OnePlus Band is undoubtedly your bracelet. However, we still need to know OnePlus’ plans for the global launch of the bracelet, and its price. However, it will not take long for the first sellers to appear that will allow you to buy the bracelet from Europe.