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We tested the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro: the bracelet that is believed to be a watch

When testing the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro, a question immediately arises: is it really a connected bracelet? Can we not already qualify this product as a connected watch?

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro // Source: Omar Belkaab – Frandroid

When does a connected bracelet become a connected watch?This question was asked to me by a colleague during the Xiaomi conference during which the Smart Band 7 Pro was launched in Europe. And I have to admit that I don’t have an answer ready to give you.

I was able to briefly test the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro after the presentation of the brand’s news. However, this product, which is presented as a connected bracelet, could pass for a watch.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 ProScreen size

The first thing I did when I saw the Smart Band 7 Pro at the demo booth was obviously wrap it around my wrist. So for a few minutes I put on the connected bracelet next to the classic watch that I wear every day.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro // Source: Omar Belkaab – Frandroid

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro seemed at least as big as my touch, if not more imposing. And for good reason, the rectangular Amoled screen it sports has a diagonal of 1.64 inches. For comparison, the Apple Watch Series 8 has a 1.9-inch panel.

Even closer is the Watch SE (2022) at 1.78 inches, just 0.14 inches from Xiaomi’s strap. Finally, in this first contact with the Smart Band 7 Pro, the only real detail that betrayed its less noble condition as a bracelet was the choice of rubber for the strap around the wrist. The feel against the skin is different from what you would normally find on a watch.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro // Source: Omar Belkaab – Frandroid

Other than that, whether in terms of weight, dimensions, or case-to-wrist contact, nothing special to report. It looks like a connected watch. Uh… sorry, a bracelet. Or rather a bracelet that is created a watch.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 ProFeatures

In the product grip space provided by Xiaomi, it was not possible to assess the reliability of the functions offered by the Smart Band 7 Pro. However, I was able to easily navigate the touch screen. Gestures are still pretty intuitive and by swiping your fingers across the screen you can navigate through the options.

So I crossed the heart rate monitor. This obviously wasn’t very relevant to use standing in the midst of several dozen people jostling to get close to the exposed devices. More interesting still, the GNSS system is well presented.

This acronym stands for “Global Navigation Satellite Systems” (GNSS), which translates to “satellite positioning system” in French. Due to abuse of language, the general public and the press speak of GPS (which is the best known GNSS).

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro // Source: Omar Belkaab – Frandroid

As Xiaomi points out, this allows “faster positioning and tracking more preciseHere too, therefore, the Smart Band 7 Pro flirts with connected watches. Add to that the promise of 110 sport modes for activity tracking, 5ATM resistance (50 meters deep in water) and duration of 12 day battery.

For just 100 euros, surely many people will be more interested in this connected bracelet than in a real connected watch.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 ProPrice and release date

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro is announced in France at the recommended retail price of 99.99 euros. Until October 10 you will enjoy a discount of 20 euros if you buy it on the brand’s website.

NB. Our journalist Omar travels to Munich as part of a press trip organized by Xiaomi.

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