Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro is the latest band from this manufacturer. And it must be said right away that it is a completely different device compared to the Mi Band series. It is not a special pill that users have become accustomed to over the years. This is a small rectangle and the easiest way to write is that these are devices that stand somewhere between a band and a large smartwatch. Something like the Huawei Watch Fit 2 has been on our market for a long time.
The price also indicates that the Smart Band 7 Pro is not a continuation of the band. It is equal to PLN 499. You have to pay PLN 229 for Mi Banda 7 at the moment. What is the difference between them? Besides the larger display, it’s built-in GPS, something the Mi Bandom has always lacked. But the Smart Band 7 Pro doesn’t have NFC (which everyone was expecting anyway). So still the only band you can pay for is the Mi Band 6 NFC. Because in Mi Band 7, the NFC module is no longer …
Huawei Watch Fit 2 costs more, because of PLN 699. But it also has more possibilities than the Xiaomi device. Of course, it has GPS but also has a speaker that allows you to talk. However, there are so many differences that it is worth paying extra. And how do both devices perform? You can learn about it from our comparison.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro
- Dimensions: 44.7 x 28.8 x 11 mm
- Weight: 20.5 g
- Display: 1.64 “AMOLED, 280 x 456 pixels, 326 PPI, a maximum brightness of 500 nits, 2.5D glass
- 235 mAh battery – up to 12 days of normal use
- 110 game modes
- GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BDS navigation; Bluetooth 5.2
Huawei Watch Fit 2
- Dimensions: 46 x 33.5 x 10.8 mm
- Weight: 30 g (without strap)
- Display: 1.74 ″ AMOLED, 336 x 480 pixels, 336 PPI,
- Battery: no data, up to 10 days of normal use
- A speaker with the ability to speak and receive calls
- 97 types of games
Let’s start with Xiaomi. I received a cream-colored device with a gold frame for testing. Everything is made of plastic. The bottom has a nice matte finish and a black sensor island. Unfortunately, the band does not have any button on the side that you can easily return to the main menu. And after a few days of use, from a practical point of view, I see it as a big disadvantage compared to the Huawei device.
The strap is quite thin, with fasteners at the level of Xiaomi, so we are judged by what the manufacturer will give us. But it is pleasant to the touch, does not cause allergies, and the clasp is in no way strange – after tying the cord hides outside, not inside. I have no objection to him.
Huawei is built exactly the same, ie it is also made of plastic. But it has an advantage over Xiaomi in the form of a physical button on the right side that makes navigation easier.
In addition, there is a microphone on the right side, thanks to which we can talk or receive messages, for example during navigation.
In my test version, I had a 20 gauge leather strap that can easily be replaced with another one. The color version was almost the same as that of Xiaomi, namely the gold finish of the device and the beige color of the strap. The clasp is classic and comfortable, without any frills. Since the Huawei is slightly larger, its weight is also greater. It seems not much, about 10 g, but all the time I felt that I had something in my hand, when I was basically forgetting about Xiaomi. It can also be a matter of feeling the stripes that are made of different materials. The silicone one fits the hand a little more.
Here it is perfect in both cases because we are dealing with AMOLED panels. So in all cases, especially outdoors, the view is not worth it. The viewing angles are also good, which is very important in the case of devices worn on the wrist. In both, there is also an AoD option, but in Huawei, it depends on the shield we choose. And in Xiaomi, we have only one variant, or at least I did not find any other in the band or in the program. So the time in the clock system and the state of charge of the battery are displayed.
Both displays are slightly curved at the edges, so sliding your fingers over them is very easy. The oleophobic coating does a great job, as it has never gotten overly dirty with my fingerprints.
Regarding the response of both devices, Huawei has a slight advantage, which works smoothly, without the small jerks characteristic of Xiaomi. But it’s nothing to cause any discomfort.
In fact, the signs on the clock are different stories. In Xiaomi, notifications are issued from the top edge with a gesture. In Huawei – from the bottom.
And next. In Xiaomi, on the right side, we draw shortcuts to individual features. On the left, we have the cards that we can choose from in the program. But, unfortunately, there is no option to return to the main dial for one sign – we have to go through the following tasks. It is in such a situation that the function button that is on Huawei is sorely missed. Below, we provide a list of all functions.
In Huawei on the right we have the weather or the most important features for us. On the left – are cards selected by us. From above, we draw shortcuts to individual tasks and from below – notifications. To enter a list of all functions, press the function button on the right edge.
In general, navigation in both cases is simple and can be learned quickly, but the button gives Huawei a huge advantage, it is easier to use.
In both devices, we have the same health functions, ie heart rate, SpO2, stress, and sleep. The results I got on both devices were almost identical, the difference was more than 100 steps. The differences in night sleep performance were also small, but it turned out that Huawei did not catch my sleep during the day, while Xiaomi had no problem with it.
A big advantage is the built-in GPS module in both devices. For Xiaomi, this is a novel that many users have been waiting for. Now you can go for training or walks without a phone and our track will be saved – on the watch and in the app on the phone. For people handling games recreationally and not professionally, the accuracy should be satisfactory.
The biggest difference is the ability to use navigation that we have in the Huawei Watch Fit 2. And I must admit that it is a very useful solution. We can, for example, look at the route while riding a bike without the need to reach for the phone, which can lie safely in the bag. I have used it several times myself and found a very good solution. By the way, Huawei uses Petal maps and has developed them for the past few years – I have no problem using them when using Huawei smartphones – they work very well.
In Huawei, we have the Health program, in Xiaomi Mi Fitness. In general, the Huawei program, in my opinion, is better designed, but unfortunately, I could not download the Polish language during the entire test period. And I used it on the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, so there should be no problem, after all, we are talking about devices from the same ecosystem. Maybe it’s a matter of the fact that the smartphone is a new device because I don’t remember having similar problems using other smartphones.
From the app level on the phone, you can install some apps on the watch (simple games, calculator). You can also upload music that we will listen to after connecting Bluetooth headphones to it (we do not recommend listening to music from the speaker).
Unfortunately, it is not possible to connect data from Huawei Health to Google Fit.
The general functionality of Mi Fitness is the same, ie from this level we will change the dial, and we will determine the applications that can send us notifications. Unfortunately, also here I found the possibility to connect data with Google Fit. However, you can synchronize them with Zepp Life, that is, amazfit devices that belong to the Xiaomi ecosystem. And Zepp Life integrates with Google Fit …
Manufacturers provide a working time of about 10-14 days. But in fact, with all the possibilities of monitoring our health 24/7 and walking, I was able to reach 5 days in the case of Huawei and 4 – Xiaomi. Devices are charged with chargers with special pins.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro is PLN 200 cheaper device than Huawei Watch Fit 2. This is the price of the function button and speaker. If one does not care about their lack, the Xiaomi device should meet expectations. Good display, many sports and health functions, good battery – all this speaks in its favor. However, you must remember that Mi Bands lurk behind it. They don’t have GPS, and they have a smaller display, but the NFC model 6 has an electronic payment option. In addition, they are cheaper.
You have to pay more for the Huawei Watch Fit 2, but the possibilities are also very high. I used navigation surprisingly often – while riding a bike it is much easier than looking at a smartphone screen. Also, the possibility to negotiate is also great.