Xiaomi Smart Band 7 vs Huawei Band 7: Duel of affordable fitness trackers

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Product Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Huawei Band 7
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Huawei Band 7
Display 1.62″ AMOLED, 192 x 490 pixels (326 ppi) 1.47″ AMOLED, 194 x 368 pixels (283 ppi)
Dimensions 46.5 x 20.7 x 12.25mm 44.35 x 26 x 9.99mm
lester 13.5g 16 grams
Water resistance 5 ATMs 5 ATMs
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.2, no GPS, no NFC Bluetooth 5.0, no GPS, no NFC
Battery 180 mAh, 14 day battery life 180 mAh, 14 day battery life
Features 120 sports modes, SPO2 and heart rate measurement, sleep tracking, 96 sports modes, SPO2 measurement and heart rate
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We’ll be reviewing both fitness trackers soon enough, but for now we’re only comparing technical specs on paper here. As soon as we have reviewed both devices, we will also update this comparison here for you accordingly. By the way, Xiaomi does not use the “Mi” suffix in the name of its new fitness bracelet. The device is marketed worldwide as Xiaomi Smart Band 7.

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Material and design

Those familiar with the respective predecessors will not be particularly surprised by these new releases. Huawei keeps most of the design, but cuts the weight by a tender two grams (now weighing 16 grams) and also makes the device a millimeter thinner (now at 9.99mm). Xiaomi also keeps the look, but enlarges the display by 25%. So, while Huawei continues to install a rectangular screen, Xiaomi continues to rely on a rounded panel at the top and bottom.

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Both models protect the screen with 2.5D glass and rely on silicone as the material of choice for straps. Since we are already talking about the screens: on both accounts we find AMOLED screens with always-on functionality. Huawei sticks to the 1.47-inch of the predecessor, with a resolution of 194 x 368 pixels (283 ppi).

Xiaomi, on the other hand, is now taking it to a stately 1.62-inches, without the panel actually looking bigger because of it. With a resolution of 192 x 490 pixels, the Smart Band 7 now has a pixel density of 326 ppi.

As for connectivity, you’ll unfortunately have to live without NFC in the global versions, and GPS is once again omitted. Bluetooth 5.2 is available for Xiaomi and 5.0 for Huawei, so you can connect to your smartphone whether it’s a Android or iPhone.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 – colorful as usual. / © Xiaomi

Other than that, the changes from the predecessor are manageable in both devices, so both trackers are technically on par most of the time. Xiaomi promises a new chipset that should lead to smoother operation, but we can only judge its improved performance after a detailed review.

As for the water resistance, both manufacturers mentioned 5 ATM, so a pressure of 5 bar holds. We often read that this makes a watch waterproof up to 50 meters deep, but this is not entirely true. You should still be able to swim without problems on these models. To be on the safe side, however, it’s best to look for a watch with 10 ATM when it comes to swimming.

Sensors and range of functions

Xiaomi has extended the sports modes by quite a nice margin from 30 to 120, which means the manufacturer has now overtaken Huawei. However, the Huawei Band 7 also supports multiple sports activities with 96 sports and workout modes. Both devices monitor blood oxygen content (SpO2) and heart rate in the background.

A sleep tracker has also been built in for a long time and is found in the feature set of the Smart Band 7 and Huawei Band 7. However, Huawei might be slightly ahead in this department. TruSleep™ technology, which assesses the quality of your sleep, differentiates between six different sleep parameters, including difficulty falling asleep, light sleeper, nocturnal awakenings and even intense dreams. After the analysis, the Huawei Band 7 will also let you know your sleep pattern and what you can do if something goes wrong.

In addition, both bracelets naturally measure calories, steps and everything else that was already normal for the predecessors. You can still receive notifications, listen to music, and do more with both trackers. We can say that only marginal improvements have been made to both Smart Band 7 and Huawei Band 7.

Huawei Band 7 in multiple colors

The author of this article is already looking forward to the color of his review unit as pictured below left. / ©Huawei.

Battery

Again, we see two devices that are equal, at least according to the manufacturers’ own statements. After Xiaomi increased the battery capacity, the batteries for both fitness trackers now hold a 180mAh charge and are said to last 14 days each. Of course, this time depends on personal use and excludes the fact that you use the always-on display.

Hopefully our reviews will shed more light on both cases. Normally, however, you wouldn’t go too far wrong expecting a week’s worth of battery life.

Price and availability

In terms of price, the two smart trackers are, who would have thought, also on a similar playing field. Huawei charges €59 (about $61 after conversion). Keep in mind that Huawei Band 7 is not available in the US. Xiaomi’s model is only slightly more expensive at €59.99, although you can find it on Amazon for $70. Early adopters can save money on Xiaomi’s device as part of an early offer in Europe, allowing them to pick one up for €49.99.

But Huawei also wants to convince us with strong arguments to buy the Huawei Band 7. Currently, you get a body fat scale from Huawei for free when you buy the fitness tracker. Additionally, the premium version of the adidas Runtastic app is available for six months for you to use. Here’s another exciting news: if you also order a second Huawei Band 7, that second device will only cost you €29.

Conclusion

If you put one and one together, you might get the impression that both fitness trackers have the same number of benefits to offer the buyer. It is then logical to conclude the following: you can’t go wrong with the Huawei Band 7 or the Xiaomi Smart Band 7. The differences in terms of functions, hardware and hardware are quite similar. This impression might change after reviewing the two smart trackers.

Until then, one can be annoyed that Xiaomi and Huawei have agreed to exclude NFC and GPS connectivity. Given that the price is also broadly similar, it’s up to your own design preference which way the pendulum swings – whether in the direction of Huawei or Xiaomi.

PS: If you still don’t know which fitness tracker you should buy: it currently exists rumors about a Smart Band 7 Pro. The device is supposed to be released in July and could be equipped with GPS and a larger battery. So maybe it’s worth waiting a few more weeks!

How would you decide which is the best fitness tracker? Which of the two do you think will be ahead? The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 or the Huawei Band 7?

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