Huawei Honor Band 5 vs Xiaomi Mi Band 4: Which Is Your Better Fitness Assistant on the Wrist?

Source: Author: Tech Insider

“Wrist assistant” is the best way to describe a smart band. Among them, consumers love the smart band for its advantages of “comprehensive functions, affordable prices.” 

Well, Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4 are both similar in terms of release time and price positioning. So, which of these two smart bands should you choose?

Today, I will compare these two popular products in the aspects of screen, health, sports and so on, hoping to help you choose.

Huawei Honor Band 5
Huawei Honor Band 5

Honor Band 5 vs Mi Band 4 Appearance: Gradient UI VS Monochrome UI

First, let’s look at the screen. Both Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4 use 240 * 120 high-resolution display, and no apparent particles are visible. These two fitness trackers have high-resolution color screens, and the small screens catch the public’s eyes with rich colors.

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In addition to the color screen, it also needs to design the software UI to show the value of the screen thoroughly. Huawei Honor Band 5 adopts a gradient UI. 

The design of the colorful icon makes this fitness tracker more beautiful and delicate, while Xiaomi Mi Band 4 adopts a monochrome UI, concise and clear. You can choose according to your preferences.

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Besides, the sports tracker also serves as a “part-time” watch, which requires soft brightness and clear picture. 

During the day, Honor Band 5 can automatically enable the highest brightness to ensure the visibility of the picture in intense light; at night, it can also automatically reduce the brightness to make the picture not dazzling. 

While Mi Band 4 needs to be adjusted manually to change the brightness of the screen, which is not as convenient as Honor Band 5.

Honor Band 5 vs Mi Band 4: Comfort

The wearing comfort of the fitness tracker’s wristband also affects people’s dependence on it. The wristbands of the two smart bands are both made of skin-friendly materials.

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The wristband of the Honor Band 5 is designed with multiple holes, with excellent air permeability and comfort; The Mi Band 4 is still designed in the same style as before. 

This fitness tracker’s wristband is made of skin-friendly materials without holes, so its air permeability is poor when wearing it for a long time. It feels stuffy when you go out in summer or exercise for a long time while wearing Xiaomi Mi Band 4.

Honor Band 5 vs Mi Band 4: Charging

In terms of charging, Honor Band 5 adopts the direct charging mode, while the Mi Band 4 needs to be disassembled for charging, making it easy to lose the main body of this smart band. 

Huawei Honor Band 5 is more convenient for charging, and also reduces the probability of losing it.

Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4
Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4

Honor Band 5 vs Mi Band 4: Health Function of Monitoring Blood Oxygen, Heart Rate, and Sleep

After watching the appearance comparison of the screen and UI of these two smart bands, let’s compare their “core function”- health function. Health monitoring focuses on the sensor and algorithm level of the smart band.

Honor Band 5
Honor Band 5

The function of blood oxygen detection has been added to Honor Band 5. Blood oxygen is an important indicator to measure the health of the body. Long term hypoxia will lead to palpitation, rapid heartbeat, and other problems. 

Still, it is difficult to detect mild hypoxia, so blood oxygen monitoring is essential in such a situation. The blood oxygen detection of Honor Band 5 is very accurate, which is not much different from the detection results of the hospital professional oximeter. 

According to the official report, it also provides support for the prestigious 301 Hospital to launch the heart health research program, and the accuracy rate of AF screening is as high as 97.8%. 

I often do a blood oxygen test after I get the Honor Band 5, and the value is reasonable. But if you get lower than 90% blood oxygen saturation, you should pay more attention to your physical state. 

It is because if it is lower than 90%, you are likely to suffer from fatigue, sleepiness, lack of energy, memory loss, and other symptoms.

The health detection functions of Mi Band 4 are at the same level as the previous generation. It’s a pity that no function of blood oxygen detection has been added.

In terms of heart rate measurement, the accuracy of the two smart bands is comparable. Honor Band 5 uses HUAWEI TruSeen 3.5 intelligent heart rate monitoring, which is faster and can achieve 24-hour real-time heart rate measurement. 

In comparison, Mi Band 4 uses 24-hour high-precision heart rate monitoring, which cannot get the results immediately and cannot reflect the real-time heart rate.

As for sleep monitoring, it is also a project in which major smart band manufacturers put their energy. 

Honor Band 5 inherits the HUAWEI TruSleep 2.0 scientific sleep monitoring of Honor Watch Magic and Honor Band 4, which can record four sleep states: deep sleep, light sleep, rapid eye movement, and awake state. 

However, Mi Band 4 currently has only a basic sleep monitoring function, and it cannot record the rapid eye movement status.

The data comparison between the two smart bands shows that there is a big difference between the sleep data, about half an hour. 

The sleep data recorded by Honor Band 5 is more detailed and accurate. I was lying in bed in a daze, not sleeping, and Honor Band 5 waited until I fell asleep to start recording, while Mi Band 4 recorded this status as sleeping. 

As for the suggestions for the improvement of sleep quality, which you are concerned about, Honor Band 5 will give you detailed and professional suggestions according to your scores. 

However, the suggestions given by Mi Band 4 are relatively simple. This fitness tracker only suggests going to bed before 22 o’clock and shows your scores and the comparison with others.

Honor Band 5 vs Mi Band 4 Sport Function: Motion Monitoring Mode PK

As a fitness tracker, undoubtedly, sports modes are essential. 

At one time, a light sports bracelet could take the place of a mobile phone for step counting, now people are no longer satisfied with the simple step counting function, and they require the sports bracelet to record more motion data and adapt to more motion scenes. 

In terms of hardware, both Huawei Honor Band 5 and Xiaomi Mi Band 4 adopt the 6-axis sensor. Mi Band 4 offers 6 sports modes, and Honor Band 5 will offer 10 sports modes. 

At present, 7 sports modes are available in Honor Band 5 smart fitness trackers for sale. A later update will make it support ten sports modes. 

Compared with Mi Band 4, Honor Band 5 has another four sports modes, including indoor cycling, indoor walking, elliptical machine, and rowing machine.

Both Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4 allow users to view data when they are in motion, which is convenient for users to do sports scientifically according to fitness data and avoid risks during exercise. 

However, different colors and zones in Honor Band 5 enable users to view heart rate and other data in real-time more clearly.

Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4
Honor Band 5 and Mi Band 4


Both the appearance design and UI design of Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5 are different, and you might hold different opinions on them.

In terms of functions, Honor Band 5 offers more sports modes and fitness data, which is more humanized. The new blood oxygen detection function means another update of the health tracking function of the sports bracelet, which is a breakthrough in the smart fitness trackers.

Honor Band 5 is the first smart bracelet with the blood oxygen detection function. This health function update may also be a new trend in the development of the smart band industry. 

In addition to essential functions, Mi Band 4 also adds some functions commonly used by young people, such as music playing, which is very convenient and practical.

All in all, these two fitness trackers on the market are both worth buying. 

However, in the current environment of “health has become a fashionable lifestyle,” the upgrade of the health tracking function of Honor Band 5 may be more in line with the public’s demand for smart bracelets. I highly recommend Honor Band 5.

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