New Mi Band 5 leaks suggest Alexa support, blood oxygen levels tracking and more

New Mi Band 5 leaks suggest Alexa support, blood oxygen levels tracking and more
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is one of the most popular smart bands in the world, due to its highly affordable price tag and support for all the basic features needed from a fitness and sleep tracker. Because of its success, and the success of its previous versions, Xiaomi is reportedly planning to announce its next iteration - the Mi Band 5 in June.

Alexa support


New leaks regarding the global version of the upcoming Mi Band 5 come from TizenHelp, suggesting that for the first time on a Mi Band, the Mi Band 5 will be getting smart assistant support, namely Alexa. This hints that the upcoming iteration of the smart band may also be first to finally get a microphone and speaker, as the Mi Band 4 and prior versions relied only on haptic feedback for notifications and alarms.

Alternatively, and more likely, the band may simply trigger Alexa on a separate device, such as a smartphone or smart speaker, relying on that device to do the heavy lifting with its own microphone and speaker.

New tracking options, still no NFC


In addition, the sources claim that the Mi Band 5 will be getting menstrual cycle tracking, as well as tracking of blood oxygen levels.

Disappointingly, much like the Mi Band 4, the Mi Band 5 will again only get NFC support in China, with no NFC in its international version.

Design


The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 features a bright and colorful 0.95-inch AMOLED touch display which can show time, date, heart rate and steps taken at a glance, along with smartphone notifications and more.

The Mi Band 5 however was recently shown in an unconfirmed leaked image to feature a much larger, rounded display, as seen below. We're yet to see whether that image is actually a hoax or the Mi Band 5 really is planned to be a significant leap forward even down to the display.


On a related note, we recently published a list of the best fitness bands and trackers to get in 2020, starting with the Xiaomi Mi Band 4.

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