The second box contains the new Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, and today we’re going to give it a full review.
By the way, next week we will compare the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 and Smart Band 8 Pro side-by-side.
As usual, let’s start the review with unboxing.
As you have seen, the boxes of Xiaomi Smart Band 8 and Smart Band 8 Pro are almost identical. There is an image and the name of the bracelet on the front, as well as the main features on the back.
The inscriptions are in Chinese because this is the Chinese version of the bracelet. However, looking ahead, I will say that English is available on the bracelet.
First, let’s attach the strap to the smart tracker, and talk about it.
The Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro has a quick-release strap. You only need to press the button and pull the strap to remove it.
In addition, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro strap is attached to the arm in a new way. If the previous generation of the Xiaomi fitness bracelet strap had a buckle, which made the smart tracker look classic, the new bracelet has a more sporty strap. By the way, it resembles the Apple Watch strap.
If you want a classic version of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, then you can buy it with a leather or even metal strap.
Overall, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro looks similar to last year’s Smart Band 7 Pro, but they have many differences.
As I already said, the display of the new Xiaomi smart band has become bigger. It has a diagonal of 1.74 inches. For comparison, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro had a 1.64-inch screen.
The first improvement of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro screen is a higher brightness of 600 nits. You know, it is clearly visible outdoors.
However, the most important upgrade for me is an ambient light sensor. Like the Xiaomi Smart Band 8, the Pro version has a built-in ambient light sensor that makes the screen automatically change brightness depending on the environment. For example, the brightness of the screen automatically increases to maximum when you are outdoors and decreases to minimum at night.
The Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro has an AMOLED panel, so the fitness tracker supports Always-On Mode. It is interesting that the Always-On display replicates the watch face. So, there are many dials available for the Always-On display.
Talking about watch faces, the new Xiaomi fitness bracelet has 7 to choose from out of the box. However, there are a huge number of other dials available in the app. We will talk about the smartphone app a little later.
Then, you can swipe left from the main watch face and see the widgets. By the way, these widgets are fully customizable through the app. I will show you that a bit later.
The menu with all the functions is available by swiping up from the main watch face. Here we have daily activity stats, workout modes, workout records, running assistant, training assistant, heart rate, vitality, spO2, sleep, stress, Mi Home, voice assistant, weather forecast, calendar, alarm, Alipay and Weixin pay, settings, NFC cards, tasks, breathing exercises, stopwatch, music, find phone, world clock, camera, timer, flashlight, and focus.
Using the Mi Home or Xiaomi Home app on your smartphone, you can control smart home appliances with Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro fitness bracelet. Unfortunately, I don’t have any device from Xiaomi’s smart home ecosystem right now, so I can’t show you how it works.
Now, I want to measure my heart rate and spO2.
Talking about NFC, unfortunately you cannot use it for contactless payment, at least in the Chinese version. In China, NFC is often used for bus and subway cards.
Before we talk about the smartphone app, I want to show you the settings of the fitness bracelet.
Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro also supports auto detect sports activity such as walking, jump rope, cycling, and others.
You can set PIN code on the smart band if you want.
There are two layouts available for the menu with all functions.
The system settings have reboot, power off, and reset.
Mi Fitness App
You know, before using the Xiaomi smart band, you need to connect it to your smartphone via Mi Fitness app. The app is available on Android and iOS devices.
By the way, I have Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro and Xiaomi Smart Band 8 in the app. Soon there will be a comparison of them on our channel Tech Brothers.
So, in the app we can see the connected device and its battery level.
Then, we can turn on the app notifications, and choose which apps can send notifications.
As for the heart rate, you can enable continuous monitoring, as well as high and low heart rate alerts.
As I said before, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro supports NFC, but it is mostly used for transport cards in China. You can add the cards in the app.
I’ve already shown you widgets on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, but you can change their order or hide some of them in the app.
You can also sort apps in the main menu of the fitness bracelet.
You can also track health functions such as sleep, heart rate, steps, calories, movement, standing, etc. and start workout modes in the app. Four workout modes are available in the app: outdoor running, walking, outdoor cycling and treadmill.
Since we started talking about workout modes, let’s take a look at one of them on a fitness bracelet. I will show you the walking mode.
Before you click on the Go button, you can see GNSS in the left top corner. It stands for Global Navigation Satellite System. The Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro has a built-in GPS chip, as well as support for four other navigation systems.
You can also swipe left and control the music.
By swiping right, you can pause or end the workout mode.
Finally, let’s talk about the battery of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro.
I think it is good for a fitness bracelet with a large display and lots of different functions.
So, in my opinion, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro is more than a fitness bracelet. However, it is still not a smartwatch. It is something in between.
We will compare the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro and Xiaomi Smart Band 8 in the next article, but compared to last year’s Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro, the new fitness bracelet gets a bigger and better display, a more comfortable strap attachment, Bluetooth 5.3 connection, and more sports modes.