a large screen and a pampered interface

With its Smart Band 7, Xiaomi is launching a new generation of connected bracelet in France. This new version focuses above all on a larger screen and a redesigned and streamlined interface. We took it by the hand.

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 // Source: Fandroid

This Tuesday, Xiaomi announced the sale of its new connected bracelet in France, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7. Launched in China at the end of May, the connected bracelet is now available in France. We were able to test it out in a short week, the chance to give you our first impressions before a more complete test.

Features of Xiaomi Smart Band 7

model Xiaomi Smart Band 7
screen size

1.62 inches

technology

AMOLED

Screen Definition

490 x 192 pixels

screen size

OTHERS

Battery

180mAh

heart rate sensor

yea

Sleep analysis

yea

Accelerometer

yea

Ambient light sensor

not

Price

49 €

Product sheet See test

The hand -drawn bracelet was lent to us by Xiaomi

Formerly stalker, stalker always

At first glance, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 doesn’t change Xiaomi’s recipe for connected bracelets. We still have a format very close to the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 that was launched last year. The bracelet is the same, all in silicone with a simple pin that goes through a loop and hooks in one of the holes.

The same for the format of the connected bracelet. As usual with Xiaomi, it’s not a bracelet like a simple tracker. It can definitely be removed and removed from the bracelet. It’s easy if you want to change the strap – as long as they’re offered by Xiaomi or third -party manufacturers – to integrate the sensor into another mounting system.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 can be removed from the bracelet
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 can be obtained from the bracelet // Source: Fandroid

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7, though, offers a few little new design features, but you have to have a sharp eye to see it. First, the screen is slightly larger than the Xiaomi Smart Band 6. Its diagonal thus increases from 1.56 to 1.63 inches. The definition will increase to 490 x 192 pixels, against 486 x 152 for the older generation. However, the display density remains the same, still 326 pixels per inch. Also note that Xiaomi has retained the AMOLED display, thus ensuring very good contrast, so that we can barely recognize the mouth – despite the width – at the bottom of the screen. Another small innovation, the bracelet itself is now smoother, with smaller angles and a system that directly extends the bracelet. The result is a more refined and above all smarter design that emphasizes the large rectangle above the wrist less.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Band still doesn’t enjoy an important function for users of watches and connected bracelets: automatic lighting. Without a light sensor, the bracelet cannot automatically control its backlighting and we often have very low light outside or very high in the middle of the night.

A small interface design

For a year, Xiaomi explored the ecosystem of connected watches and bracelets. It includes new applications, as we’ll see later, but new icons as well. For its Smart Band 7, the Chinese manufacturer has thus partially redesigned the interface of the connected bracelet, for the better, but also for the worse.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 apps
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 applications // Source: Fandroid

For the better, we’ll now find a fairly aesthetic navigation system, with good enough icons not to get lost in the various menus on the bracelet. We now have the right to the unified round icon within the RTOS system that supplies the connected bracelet. A swipe up will allow you to show all available applications, a swipe down shows the list of the most recent notifications and a swipe left and right gives access to tiles that allow you to interact faster with certain applications (weather, music., etc.).

However, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 ignores some of the problems that are often encountered with this class of device, starting with menus with very long texts. It is usually necessary to wait a few seconds for the text to scroll to figure out what a particular entry corresponds to. Even more annoying: some menus offer very similar starts as “Always on screen” and “Always on Screen”. Especially since you always have to wait for the text to scroll to figure out what each menu corresponds to.

During the heat wave, I also use weather updates for a few days. An alert should be very practical, but show a few frequent alert messages with a Chinese title. Granted, these are watch alerts built by Orange, but I don’t have to be warned four times a day – with aggressive notifications to say the least – that it’s hot. I feel good enough.

Two apps, but still no GPS

In terms of measuring fitness and monitoring sports activity, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 has the same functions as its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6. So we can see the number of measures performed during the day, a monitoring of heart rate and SpO2 and various resulting data. This is the case, for example, of showing different levels of heart rate when you run.

The heart rate sensor on the back of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7
The heart rate sensor on the back of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 // Source: Fandroid

However, Xiaomi has once again ignored a function that is especially popular with outdoor athletes: GPS. It’s possible to show its geolocation when you start training, but the bracelet will rely on the smartphone’s GPS. In other words, you need to bring your phone with you. Also, without GPS – I tried it – estimating the distance of a run is entirely up to the cabbage. In a 10 km run, the only estimate based on the accelerometer is to measure a distance of 9 km.

Even worse is that Xiaomi continues to raise the prices of its bracelets. The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 is thus launched at 70 euros, against 60 euros for the Mi Smart Band 6. As a reminder, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5, launched in 2020, is shown at 50 euros and the Mi Band 4 from in 2019 to 40 euros. Meanwhile, whether Xiaomi has partially redesigned the design or the quality of the display, the Chinese manufacturer has not added any new functions to its various bracelets-other than the Mi Smart Band 6’s SpO2 measurement.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 // Source: Fandroid

We can also highlight a more chaotic environment on the side of Xiaomi applications. There are actually 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 the same data and functionality, with a premium design provided by Mi Fitness. However, if the Mi Fitness application allows you to link your data to Strava, Zepp Life allows you to send it to Google Fit… but not vice versa. It is therefore impossible to share your data between the two services, because you cannot connect the bracelet to the two applications. Here too, we feel that Xiaomi has a long way to go before offering a similar and unified ecosystem with the best of both worlds.

The price and availability of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available this Tuesday. It is offered in a black color, priced at 69.99 euros. As a reminder, last year’s Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 was launched at 59.99 euros.

However, a promotional offer will be offered on Wednesday June 22 and Thursday June 23 to take advantage of the new bracelet at a cheaper price, at 49.99 euros.

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