The new Amazfit Band 5 fitness tracker drops to $30 (save $20)


The Amazfit Band 5 is slim, capable and affordable, and it lets you choose between dozens of slick faces.

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Looking for a budget fitness band to slap on your wrist? The new Amazfit Band 5 deserves careful consideration, and not just because it’s only $50. It’s because for a limited time, and while supplies last, the Amazfit Band 5 is on sale for just $30. That’s the best deal to date; just last week, it was $35. (If Amazon’s supply runs out, you can get the Band 5 from Amazfit proper for the same price and with more color options.)

If this looks a bit familiar, perhaps you’re thinking of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. You’re not wrong: The two are virtually identical. (Fun fact: Amazfit is owned by Huami, which is a manufacturing partner of Xiaomi.) I’d go so far as to say they’re indistinguishable, though there are a couple key internal differences:


The Band 5 on the left is a little better than the Band 5 on the right. And they’re priced within about $5 of each other. 


The Band 5 — the Amazfit Band 5 — ticks an impressive number of fitness boxes. It measures heart rate, blood oxygen level, steps, sleep, women’s health and more. It can also monitor your stress levels and run guided breathing exercises.

On the watch front, you get a choice of over 45 colorful faces, plus the typical stuff like notifications, call alerts, meeting reminders and so on. You can’t reply to a text message, but you can decline a phone call. You can also control music playback and your phone’s camera shutter. Good stuff.

Amazfit promises up to 15 days of operation on a charge with typical usage, or 25 days of power-saving usage. (That means no HR monitoring or the like.) I wasn’t able to put the battery to the test, but even if those estimates are high, the Band 5 will outlast many other fitness bands.

Another notable feature: built-in Alexa. This was very much in beta during my tests, and it showed: A while after authorizing the Band 5’s app to work with my Alexa account, that authorization was lost; I had to set it up again. After that, I’d get “server is busy” or “could you repeat that” messages when trying to issue certain commands. It just didn’t work reliably.

Meanwhile, it’s not a hands-free implementation — to use it, you swipe right from the clock screen — and because the Band 5 has no speaker, you won’t hear audible responses. Of course, your phone needs to be in proximity as well, with the Zepp app running.

Yep: Zepp. That’s the new name for Amazfit’s app, just to keep things good and

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Honor Band 6 release date could be soon, as the new fitness tracker has been teased

Honor has just teased its newest affordable fitness tracker, the Honor Band 6, and unlike previous models it looks set to arrive with an all-screen display.

The company posted a teaser naming the Honor Band 6, the anticipated follow-up to 2019’s Honor Band 5, on Chinese social media platform Weibo, along with a key piece of information about the new wearable’s design.

Apparently, the Honor Band 6 fitness tracker will be a ‘full-screen bracelet’ – that’s machine-translated from the original Chinese, but we assume it refers to the fact that the new Band will have a display that covers the entirety of the body.

Previous Honor Band models have had small screens, with physical buttons below them, as the picture above shows.

The Honor Band 6 is set to launch on November 3, and given the nature of this announcement we’d expect it to be a China-only launch initially, with a global one soon afterwards.

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You might be aware of Honor through its parent company Huawei, and both have been subject to recent trade disputes – the biggest consequence of which is that smartphones from both companies ship without Google apps.

That doesn’t affect wearables though, as they don’t use Google apps, and we’ve found recent offerings from Honor to be very impressive. The Honor Watch ES is a great fitness tracker and smartwatch hybrid with loads of health tools, while the Honor Watch GS Pro is a feature-packed rugged smartwatch that we’re still in the process of testing.

The Honor Band line of fitness trackers are value options that give you all the core features you need (sleep tracking, step counting, exercise monitoring and so on), but in a small body and at a low price. They’re perfect for people who don’t need loads of fitness tools but want the basics to keep them going.

Hopefully the Honor Band 6 will again hit this low-cost, high-function tradition sweet spot, and we’re sure to find out soon. And when the fitness tracker gets launched globally we’ll bring you everything you need to know.

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Honor Band 6 to shake up fitness tracker game on 3 November

Huawei spin-off Honor is set to announce the Honor Band 6 as the latest instalment of its budget fitness tracker range.

The company teased an announcement on Chinese social media site Weibo, claiming its arrival would mark a new era for full-screen wearables.

What that seems to indicate is that we are going to get a bigger screen on its next tracker and it could maybe be planning to switch up the display technology too.

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The Honor Band 5, which was announced in July last year, featured a 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a 240 x 120 resolution.

So we imagine that screen size and resolution will get a sizeable bump up on the Band 6.

Honor Band 6

We know that the likes of Xiaomi and Amazfit have significantly upped their game in the screen department for their budget trackers and Honor may be looking to follow suit by offering something more high grade this time around.

Aside from pointing to some screen improvements, there’s no mention of the kind of fitness tracking features it’ll be packing. The Band 5 offered activity tracking, exercise monitoring, a heart rate monitor support, notifications and introduced an SpO2 monitor.

The Band 5 is currently priced $36.99 putting it firmly in the same budget tracker bracket as the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. The question will be whether Honor will manage to keep that price down with the teased changes they’re set to make.

In terms of a launch, it’s likely that it’s one that will be made available in China first as has been the case previously. It did though eventually make it out into other territories soon after.

We were fans of the Band 5, praising its display and for offering good value for money. We only have a few days to find out what the Honor Band 6 will be capable of and how much it’ll cost to own one.

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Redmi Smart Band Review: The no-nonsense fitness tracker

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Redmi is a brand best known for its presence in the budget and mid-range segments of the smartphone market. Over the years, the company has launched a countless number of phones, and on the back of them has managed to become a household name in the country.

Because of its success in the smartphone space, the company had for the longest of time shied away from launching fitness wearables to expand its portfolio of products in the country. However, that has changed now with the company launching its first wearable in India in the form of the Redmi Smart Band — an entry-level fitness band with a colour display and support for sleep tracking technology.

We’ve had the chance to spend some time with the Redmi Smart Band. Read our review to know if it’s worth buying.

Redmi Smart Band Review: Design and display

In terms of the design, Redmi has kept things very simple, and thankfully very different from the Xiaomi Mi Band. The moment you lay eyes on the device you realise it looks nothing like the Mi Band series of wearables and that Redmi has managed to make a clear distinction between its product and Xiaomi’s Mi Bands in terms of the basic design language.

As opposed to the Mi Band 5 which features a curved display, the Redmi Band 5 features a flat, boxy design that looks t be inspired from Fitbit’s series of fitness bands. Unlike the Mi Band 5 which tries bringing in a twist to the traditional design language of smart bands, the Redmi Smart Band plays by the book and throws up a fitness tracker that looks and feels very much like a standard smart band.

The Redmi Band comes with swappable straps that are soft on the skin but do feel sturdy. The Band doesn’t get too tight on the wrist, generally feels quite light, and once you’re used to it, even non-existent on the wrist. Redmi is offering the Smart Band in four colour options, Black, Green, Blue and Orange. The design is also waterproof with a rating of 5ATM, allowing it to be submerged underwater for a short period of time.

For the display, Redmi has equipped the Mi Smart Band with a 1.08-inch TFT LCD colour touch panel which is bigger than anything else that you’d find within this price point. The panel can also get decently bright if you plan to use it under direct sunlight. Viewing angles are also good and text looks sharp enough for using the fitness tracker if you take it out on a run.

The touch screen does have a good amount of bezels around it, but since the functionality and use cases are limited here, the bezels don’t exactly take you away from the experience of using the Redmi Smart Band.

The Redmi Smart Band also doesn’t come with a charging dock. Instead, the removable straps of the band can be taken off to reveal the charging mechanism which can be

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Get the new Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness watch for $38


The Mi Band 5 recently hit US shores. You can get one for just $38.  

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The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has arrived in the US, bringing a wealth of impressive features to your wrist on the cheap. How impressive and how cheap? Let’s start with the latter: Walmart has the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 for $38. That’s a couple bucks below the last time I shared this deal and the lowest price I’ve seen yet. Note that it’s being offered via a third-party seller, not Walmart proper.

The Mi Band 5’s predecessor, the Mi Band 4, was already a pretty solid product, selling for around $35 and standing toe-to-toe with the pricier Fitbit Inspire HR

The water-resistant Mi Band 5 features a 1.1-inch color AMOLED display (just slightly larger than the Mi Band 4’s), heart rate and oxygen sensors, dozens of animated watch faces, a magnetic charge cord and a 14-day battery.

That battery represents a bit of a downgrade, as the Mi Band 4 was rated for up to 20 days — though two weeks is still pretty fantastic. The Mi Band 5 adds several new sport modes, however, bringing the total to 11. It also adds menstrual tracking.

Although CNET’s US team has to yet to do a full-on review of the product, CNET en Español covered the Mi Band 5 back in August. You can use Google Translate to read an English version of that review. Verdict: “Interesting new features that together with its low price make it a great choice for those who want to start taking care of themselves.”

If you’ve already bought the new wearable, hit the comments and let me know what you think of it!

First published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new sale price and availability.

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