Hey guys! Prithivi Raj a.k.a Vesper here back with another review. As we all know that last year, Xiaomi unveiled something at China. I am not talking about the phones. The successor to the Mi Band, called the Mi Band Pulse. (Also known as 1S). There’s is a new feature to the Mi Band Pulse which is the heart rate monitor which is located at the other side of the 3 LED indicator.
I am going to talk about with the Mi band in terms of how it look and all those stuff because my friend here, Mr. Piratz has already covered an unboxing and some good pictures. Which is linked down below.
Now, where was I? Oh yep. The Heart rate monitor. You know what, let’s get on to this full review and a head on battle with the Mi Band. Yes. In terms of performance.
First thing we look on a wearable is the battery life. How long does it help us to track our health. Basically, that’s the priority of the Mi Band. So, Mi Band Pulse has a 45 mAh. Mi Band lasted for a whooping 2 months after its full charge where the Pulse version came in behind actually. But still, it lasted for 47 days to be precise. It’s actually due to the heart rate sensor.
Size and the Form factor:
There’s actually nothing to talk about the Mi Band Pulse physical appearance. Because they look fairly identical when you look at it. Except for the fact that the pulse has an extra bump, which makes it thicker. In case if you’re wondering the exact “mathematical” values, then here’s the measurements. (For you nerds out there. :P)
You guys must be wondering, why the LED Indicator? Because that’s where people will see the difference. I know you guys are aware of the fact that the Mi Band had a multi color LED Indicator, where you can set different color for your workout achievement, notification from your favorite app and so on. But sadly, The pulse no longer has a multicolored LED. It just has a white color. Just white.
Connecting the Mi Band Pulse is simple and follows the exact procedure as we used to pair the Mi Band. Once you paired your Mi Band Pulse, make sure you keep it close so that the heart rate and the Mi Band firmware gets updated. It connects via Bluetooth 4.0. If there was NFC built in, it will be easier for us to pair to the “Coming Soon Mi 5”.
The Band has the same length, its adjustable between 157mm and 205mm. And the Material is the same Dow Corning TPSiV. Doesn’t cause any allergic reaction or discomfort. Mi band has 5 more colors for the band whereas for the pulse, we actually used the Mi Band’s bands for the pulse and it fits exactly fine.
Now let’s get to the best part of the story
The heart rate Monitor:
In case you don’t know, here’s a fun fact. The Pulse actually comes with Optical heart rate sensor which has high accuracy as Apple Watch. The heart rate sensor is indeed accurate. I have did a two weeks test just on the heart rate sensor to see how accurate it is. Some of the methods I did was, Palpating (Yes. Palpating) and testing out with another X Device which has a heart rate monitor. To measure the heart rate on your pulse, is actually by placing your wrist with your Mi Band Pulse attached close to your chest. And when you start your reading, in less than 6-10 seconds, you’ll get your result.
The result with the X device I tested and the Mi band pulse was fairly accurate. X device came in at 89 BPM and the Pulse came in at 88 BPM.
And palpating was accurate. I dont know why I even did the palpating method. I am pretty sure it was out of curiosity. Haha. Coming to the last part.
The Mi Band Pulse can be connected to any devices which is running Android version 4.4 or later and using Bluetooth Version 4.0. For Android 5.0 and above users, you can integrate it with built-in Smart Lock. But for MIUI user, you can use Smart Lock feature if you device running on MIUI ROM Android 4.4.
It does work with iOS 7 and Above. Precisely, from 4S till 6S Plus. But not the Smart Lock. Hahaha. Go get a Mi Device. 😛
Price and Availability:
Xiaomi Mi Band is actually sold in Malaysia for RM 69 and you can grab one By Clicking Here. However, Mi Band Pulse has not yet launched in Malaysia. We are not sure when it’s gonna come to Malaysia, but when it does its going to cost higher than the current Mi Band sold in Malaysia. But won’t be expensive. Because Mi has always kept their word. Mi will be affordable 🙂
“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”
Well, that’s about it folks. Hope you guys enjoyed the review. And let’s hope we get the Pulse in Malaysia really soon. Thank you guys! Have a great time ahead. Share this review with your friends. #TeamXiaomi
Happy Chinese New Year to all my Mi Fans out there! 🙂
- Heart rate sensor quite accurate
- Price more cheaper
- Battery life longer
- No multiple LED
- Not yet launch in Malaysia