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Last Updated on September 7, 2020 by Jude Simeone

In this post, I take a look at the differences between Mi Band 5 vs Honor Band 5 – some of the best fitness smartbands on the market. Mi Band 5 which was recently released succeeds Mi Band 4, and now comes with a larger display and more fitness tracking features some of which Honor Band 5 already boasts of. Secondly, these two are priced very low which makes this comparison a tough one. Compare the differences between these two to find out which is better.

Honor Band 5 vs Mi Band 5 Full Specifications Compared

 Honor Band 5 (Special edition)Mi Band 5
honor band 5mi band 5 full specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Features:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Price:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Price:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameHonor Band 5 (special edition)Mi Band 5
Device typeFitness smartbandFitness smartband
PredessesorHonor Band 4MI BAND 4
Successor____
Released dateJuly, 2019June, 2020
Ideal forUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED (450nits)
Display size0.95 inch1.1 inches
Display resolution240 x 120 pixel294 x 126 pixel
Pixel density282 ppi_
Input typeTouchscreen TouchkeyTouchkey
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Dimension43 x 17.2 x 11.5 mm46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45mm
Weight__11.9g
(excluding straps)
Casing materialThermoplasticPolycarbonate
Strap/band materialTPETPU
Bezel MaterialThermoplasticPolycarbonate
Strap size210mm length
15mm width
155 - 219mm
Screen protection2.5D Glass2.5D Tempered glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedRecommended
Color(s)Black
Blue
Pink
Yellow
Teal
Navy blue
Mint green
Orange
Black

MEMORY

RAM__512KB
Internal storage__16MB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.2 LEBluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth callingNoNo
Wi-FiNoNo
NFCYes (special edition)Yes (China)
GPSNo (connected GPS)No (Connected GPS)

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNone
SIMNoNone
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesNo
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
Stress__Yes
VO2 Max.__No
Blood oxygenYesYes
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoNo
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon modeNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes, 11
Safety trackingNoNo

MEDIA

AudioNoNo
Music streamingNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNo
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
MicrophoneNoMEMS microphone
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterNoNo
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassNoNo
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesNo
Pulse Ox.YesNo
ECGNoNo
ThermometerNoNo
Other sensors----

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset----
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-polymer batteryNon-removable Li-Polymer battery
Battery capacity __125mAh
Battery lifeStandby :10 days+
Mixed usage: 5 days+
Standby: 3 Weeks+
Mixed usage: 20 days+
Continous Usage: 14 days
Charging typeCharging dockMagnetic charger
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeNoNo
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseNoNo

MISC

Payment systemYesAli Pay
Union Pay
(China)
Compatibility Android 5.0+
iOS 9.0+
Android 5.0+
iOS 10.0+
Companion appHuawei wear appMi Fit App
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band 210mm length
15mm width
155 - 219mm
Voice commandNoXiao AI Voice(China)

BOX CONTENTS

Honor Band 5 (special edition)Mi Band 5
StrapsStraps
Charging dockCharger
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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What’s the Difference?

Honor Band 5 vs Mi Band 5 Features Compared
  1. Design
  2. In terms of design, both Mi Band 5 and Honor Band 5 are very lightweight as you can see from the table above. Each of these two also has a sturdy build that includes a polycarbonate case material and TPU straps. So, any of these two is very comfortable to wear.

    Both smartbands are also rated 5ATM (waterproof rating up to 50 meters) which makes it ideal to wear any of these two to the shower or pool.

    The display of both smartbands are powered by AMOLED with touchkey and touchscreen for easy navigation on both devices. However, Mi Band 5 has a slightly larger display size of 1.1 inches compared to 0.95 inches.

  3. Fitness Tracking
  4. Some of the newly added features to Mi Band 5 include blood oxygen and stress tracking which are present in Honor Band 5. Besides, both devices will track your daily activities such as steps, heart rate, calories, and as well as feature preset workout modes for you to choose from. Also, both smartbands can connect to your phone GPS to enables tracking for outdoor events that can be analyzed through the respective companion apps.

    One other newly added health tracking feature to Mi Band 5 is menstrual cycle tracking which allows women to log their period cycles through the Mi Fit app. Honor Band 5 lacks this feature, perhaps the much-expected Honor Band 6 will try to counter this feature.

  5. Battery Life
  6. There isn’t any much difference in the battery life of these two, both smartbands have very impressive long battery life that allows you to stay tracked for up to 2 weeks.

Which is Better?

This is a difficult one, as these two smartbands share many features in common and are cheaply priced. It’s up to you to decide, as, for me, I go with Mi Band 5.

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