Xiaomi finally launched the Mi Smart Band 4 (Mi Band 4 globally) in India on 17 September for a price of ₹2,299. The India launch happened months after it was launched in China. The Mi Band 3 sold around 1.5 million units in the country since its launch, so it only made sense for Xiaomi to introduce the successor. But it did so very late in the country. The Mi Band 4 was a great product at its price when it was launched in China, but now there are a lot of products that offer similar or even better functionality in the market in the same price range.
How well does the new wearable hold up against the rest of the competition? Let’s find out if the Mi Smart Band 4 is a smart buy today.
Mi Bands have been all the rage as they offer great functionality at such a low price. While the Mi Smart Band 4 checks quite a lot of boxes, the competition checks a few more. For example, the Honor Band 5 offers something called SPO2 tracking which is basically tracking the blood-oxygen-level in your body. Not only this, there are fitness smartwatches under ₹5,000 available from Huami and Amazfit that, while lacking some customisation actually offer better functionality.
Xiaomi finally introduced a colour display on the Mi Smart Band 4, but is that too little too late? The Honor Band has had a colour display for a couple of iterations now. Last year’s Honor Band 4 with a colour display also comes in at a cheaper price.
Another attractive buy is the Samsung Galaxy Fit e which comes in at ₹2,490. You will lose out on the colour display with the Galaxy Fit e but it has a better visual appeal when compared with the Mi Smart Band 4. The Galaxy Fit e is also a few grams lighter than the latter and Samsung claims it comes with military grade durability which protects it against falls, environmental stress, etc.
Not all is lost…
The areas where the Mi Smart Band 4 shines are expectedly its battery life. Xiaomi claims that the band will have up to 20 days of battery life, just like its predecessor. It’s a significant improvement considering the newer model features a display that takes up more battery.
The display is also another plus point for the smart band. The screen gets very bright and is colourful and vivid. It shows no visible lag while swiping through the menu options.
The Mi Smart Band 4 is definitely not a bad buy in itself. But when you compare it with the competition in the market, opinions will differ. The band is feature-packed from top to bottom and comes at a very attractive price of ₹2,299 which fits perfectly in the smart wearables market. If you buy it, it will probably not disappoint you in the long run. You can buy it from Mi.com.