With its Smart Band 7, Xiaomi launches its new generation of connected bracelet in France. This new version focuses mainly on a larger screen and a revised and corrected interface. We take it in hand.
This Tuesday, Xiaomi announced the marketing of its new connected bracelet in France, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7. Already launched in China at the end of May, the connected bracelet is now available in France. We were able to test it for a short week, a chance to give you our first impressions before a more comprehensive test.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Features
|Model||Xiaomi Smart Band 7|
490 x 192 pixels
|heart rate sensor||
|ambient light sensor||
The bracelet taken in the hand was lent to us by Xiaomi.
Once a stalker, always a stalker
At first glance, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 does not revolutionize Xiaomi’s recipe for connected bracelets. We even have a format very close to that of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 launched last year. The bracelet is similar, all silicone with a simple pin that goes through a loop and hooks into one of the holes.
The same goes for the format of the connected bracelet. As usual for Xiaomi, it is not so much a bracelet as a simple tracker. In fact, this can be removed and removed from the bracelet. Convenient if you finally want to change the strap, as long as Xiaomi or third-party manufacturers offer it, integrate the sensor into another mounting system.
The Xiaomi Smart Band 7, however, offers some small new design features, but you have to have a keen eye to spot them. First, the screen is slightly larger than on the Xiaomi Smart Band 6. Its diagonal increases from 1.56 to 1.63 inches. The definition rises to 490 x 192 pixels, compared to 486 x 152 of the previous generation. However, the density of the screen remains the same, still 326 pixels per inch. Note also that Xiaomi has kept the AMOLED screen, which guarantees a very good contrast, so much so that we can barely make out the chin, but still so wide, at the bottom of the screen. Another small novelty, the bracelet itself is now smoother, with fewer angles and a system that directly extends that of the bracelet. The result is a more refined and, above all, more discreet design that highlights less of the large rectangle at the top of the wrist.
On the other hand, the Xiaomi Band still does not take advantage of an important function for users of connected watches and bracelets: automatic brightness. In the absence of a light sensor, the wristband cannot automatically manage its backlight and many times we end up with a brightness that is too low outdoors or too high in the middle of the night.
A slightly more design interface
For a year, Xiaomi has partly reviewed the ecosystem of its connected watches and bracelets. This requires new applications, as we will see later, but also new icons. For its Smart Band 7, the Chinese manufacturer has partly revised the interface of its connected bracelet, for the better, but also for the worse.
For the better, now we will find a quite aesthetic navigation system, with icons eloquent enough not to get lost in the different menus of the bracelet. Now we have the right to unified round icons within the RTOS system that equips the connected bracelet. Swiping up will let you show all available apps, swiping down shows the list of recent notifications, and swiping left and right will give you access to tiles that allow you to interact more quickly with certain apps (weather, music, etc. .). , etc.).
However, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 does not overlook certain problems that are commonly found in this type of device, starting with menus with text that is too long. It is common to have to wait several seconds for the text to scroll to know what a certain input corresponds to. Even more annoying: some menus offer very similar entrees like “Screen always on” Y “Always on screen”. Especially since many times you have to wait for the text to scroll to know what each menu corresponds to.
With the heat wave period, I also used the weather updates for a few days. An alert that was supposed to be very handy, but too often displayed alert messages with a Chinese title. Admittedly, these were watchdog alerts set by Orange, but I don’t need to be warned four times a day, with aggressive notifications to say the least, that it’s hot. I’m sorry enough already.
Two apps, but still no GPS
In terms of health measurement and monitoring of sports activity, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 has the same functions as its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6. We will therefore find a count of the steps that are taken during the day, a monitoring of the heart. rate and SpO2 and various data that will result from it. This is the case, for example, of the display of the different levels of heart rate when you run.
However, Xiaomi again ignores a feature that is particularly popular with outdoor athletes: GPS. In fact, it is possible to indicate her geolocation when she starts training, but the bracelet will rely for this on the smartphone’s GPS. In other words, she will therefore necessarily have to take her phone with her. Also, without GPS, I tried it, estimating the distance on a run is completely in the cabbage. In a 10 km race, the only estimate based on the accelerometer measured a distance traveled of 9 km.
It is even more unfortunate that Xiaomi continues to increase the prices of its bracelets. The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 is thus launched at 70 euros, compared to 60 euros for the Mi Smart Band 6. As a reminder, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5, launched in 2020, was shown at 50 euros and the Mi Band 4 from 2019 at 40 euros. Meanwhile, if Xiaomi has partly revised the design or the quality of the screen, the Chinese manufacturer has not added any new functions to its various bracelets, except for the SpO2 measurement on the Mi Smart Band 6.
We can also highlight an increasingly messy environment on the side of Xiaomi applications. In fact, there are two ways to connect your bracelet to your smartphone: the Mi Fitness app (formerly Xiaomi Wear) or the Zepp Life app (formerly Mi Fit). At first glance, both apps offer similar data and features, with a premium design given to Mi Fitness. However, if the Mi Fitness app allows you to link your data to Strava, Zepp Life allows you to send it to Google Fit… but not the other way around. Therefore, it is impossible to share your data with the two services, since you cannot connect the bracelet to the two applications. Here too, we feel that Xiaomi still has a long way to go before offering a cohesive and unified ecosystem with the best of both worlds.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 price and availability
The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 is available from this Tuesday. It is offered in a single black color, with a price of 69.99 euros. As a reminder, last year’s Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 was launched at 59.99 euros.
However, on Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, a promotional offer will be offered to enjoy the new bracelet at a more affordable price, at 49.99 euros.