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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Review

In this review, we will share all my experiences with the new Xiaomi Smart Band 7, also known as Mi Band 7. As you may know, Xiaomi is quite popular in the world of fitness trackers. You may have even seen some of your friends using them. And the reason the Mi Bands are so popular is: firstly, they’re exceptionally affordable, and secondly, they cover all of your basic fitness tracking needs. So, over the years, they’ve pretty much become a no-brainer for anyone looking for the best value for their money.

But in the last 2-3 years, the wearable industry has become incredibly competitive, with brands like boAT, Noise, and Dizo releasing some really cool, high-spec smartwatches in the budget segment.

On the other hand, if I gave you Mi Bands from the past two generations, it would be hard to tell their differences based on their appearance. And even if you were to compare their specs side by side, they won’t necessarily bring major updates either. So the question must be asked, are smartbands even relevant in 2022? But before answering that question, let me first do a proper Xiaomi Smart Band 7 review.

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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Specifications

  • Body: 46.5 x 20.7 x 12.25 mm, 13.5-13.8gm (without strap)
  • Strap: Removable TPU straps
  • Display: 1.62″ AMOLED panel, 500 nits
  • Resolution: 192 x 490 pixels resolution, 326 PPI
  • Control: Touch, swipe
  • Connection: Bluetooth LE 5.2
  • Compatible with: Android 6.0, iOS 10.0 and above
  • IP Rating: 5 ATM water-resistance
  • Functions: Alarm, Camera Shutter, DND, Heart Rate Monitor, Notifications, Sleep Tracking, Step Counter, Sports Mode (120), continuous Blood Oxygen, Women’s Health
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyro, PPG heart rate, SpO2
  • Companion App: Mi Fitness (Android | iOS)
  • Battery: 180mAh, Up to 14 days of endurance
  • Charger: Proprietary Magnetic charger

Design

  • Lightweight, elongated square body
  • Removable TPU strap, 5 ATM certified

Ok, let’s start with the design first. As I mentioned earlier, Xiaomi Band 7 doesn’t look that different from its predecessor. Or… predecessors. You’ll get the same pill-shaped tracking module with the same buckle-style TPU strap. And there’s no button here either, so you’ll have to make do with gesture controls.

Beyond looks, this is a comfortable and lightweight fitness tracker to wear! This strap is also smooth and hassle free. Still, this pinhole design is not that secure as there were a couple of instances where I found the band hanging off my wrist.

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Perhaps this is because although this band itself is slightly wider than previous Mi Bands, Xiaomi has adopted the same strap design. Therefore, I highly recommend you try alternative third-party straps if you plan to purchase this. Of course, the Mi Band 7 is also waterproof up to 5 ATM, which has come in handy for me, especially during this rainy season.

Display

  • 1.62″ AMOLED panel, 500 nits
  • 192 x 490 pixel resolution, 326 PPI

While the design has basically stayed the same, it does bring a few changes to the front of the screen. You are now looking at a 1.62-inch AMOLED screen, which is the largest in the history of the Mi Band lineup. And unlike its predecessor, the Band 7’s wider form factor means this screen stretches horizontally much better, too.

Since this is an AMOLED panel, the core quality of this display is excellent. Everything from text and animations to icons looks sharp and with a good level of contrast. Plus, with 500 nits of peak brightness, I was able to see it in all lighting conditions. But sadly, even this iteration of the Xiaomi Band does not feature automatic brightness adjustment. So when you’re outdoors, you’ll have to manually adjust the brightness according to the sun’s demand, and turn it back down once you’re indoors or when it gets dark.

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A notable development in the Mi Band 7 is the addition of the always-on display feature. It works pretty well, but I found that not all watch faces support this feature. Instead, you’ll have to manually find and choose an AOD watch face to get the most out of it.

While it all sounds pretty impressive so far, I couldn’t help but notice a couple of drawbacks here. Although I can live with the bezels surrounding the screen, I’m still not convinced by Xiaomi’s capsule-like approach to its fitness trackers. Due to this form factor, texts and characters in general look squashed here.

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