I don’t know about you, but I was waiting for the next generation of the most popular fitness bracelet from Xiaomi. Now, I finally have it in my hands. Meet, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8.
One of the main changes in the new fitness tracker is the removable strap. Now there is a large choice of original leather, metal or even necklace straps.
Xiaomi Smart Band 8 also comes with a metal frame, 1.62-inch AMOLED screen with Always-On display, a new ambient light sensor, more than 150 sports modes including the new running bean mode, and up to 16 days of battery life on a single charge.
I would like to start the full review of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 by unboxing it.
You know, the new Xiaomi fitness bracelet is currently only released in China, so I have the Chinese version with the Chinese inscriptions on the box.
So, one of the main features in the design of Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is a metal frame. I have a black version of the fitness bracelet, so the frame is also bright black. However, the gold version of Xiaomi Smart Band 8 has a light gold frame.
However, because it has a new attachment mechanism, it is not compatible with the previous generations of the Xiaomi Mi Band.
I have already told you about the new original straps for Xiaomi Smart Band 8, but unfortunately, I don’t have them right now.
When it comes to the display of Xiaomi Smart Band 8, it has the same diagonal of 1.62 inches and resolution of 192 x 490 pixels as the previous generation Mi Band 7.
In the settings, you can turn Always-On Display off, select smart mode, or turn it on by schedule.
Let’s talk about other settings of Xiaomi Smart Band 8.
First, there is a new running mode in the settings.
I don’t have any of them, so I will not be able to test the new modes.
There is do not disturb mode, app notifications, auto-detect workout in the settings.
In the preferences, you can choose a wake method, press and hold the screen and lock screen.
That’s all about the settings, and now let’s take a look at the functions of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8.
As I already said, the new fitness bracelet has seven watch faces.
Then, you can swipe down to read new notifications.
Swipe to the right, and you will see do not disturb mode, find phone and settings. The next swipes reveal the weather, and sleep, spO2 and outdoor running, daily activity and heart rate. By the way, you can change the order of widgets and delete some of them in the app on smartphone.
By the way, Xiaomi Smart Band 8 also has several games. You cannot find them on the bracelet, because you need to open Mi Fitness app on smartphone, then go to Device, and select Band Displays. Now, go to the Categories and select Fresh and Fun.
Now, let me show you the other functions in the app, and then we will come back to the smart bracelet.
So, the companion app for Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is called Mi Fitness. By the way, if you have a Chinese version of the new fitness bracelet, you need to choose a region of China in the app. If you have a different region, you will not be able to connect the bracelet to the app.
Then, you can start a workout mode in the app, for example, outdoor running, walking, outdoor cycling and treadmill.
There are also many band displays available in the app.
The other functions in the app are the same as on previous generations of Xiaomi Mi Band, such as app notifications, heart rate settings, sleep settings, blood oxygen, stress, standing, stats, alarm, events, weather, etc.
I have already shown you how to sort and remove widgets and apps on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8.
OK, let’s go back to the new fitness bracelet.
You know, Xiaomi Smart Band 8 doesn’t have a built-in GPS, but I want to show you a workout mode.
However, you can press on the More button to find other workout modes.
Let’s try the walking mode.
You know, Xiaomi Smart Band 8 doesn’t have a built-in GPS, but there is a navigation icon at the top of the screen. The fitness bracelet communicates with the satellite through a connected smartphone. So, it’s better to have your smartphone by your side when you’re walking or doing other sports.
I am glad that the battery life of Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is about the same as the previous generation, despite the higher brightness of the screen and the new function.
The battery capacity of Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is 180mAh.
You know, I like the new generation of Xiaomi fitness bracelet. Although there are not many updates, some of them are significant, such as the new strap mount, metal frame, ambient light sensor, pebble, and necklace running modes.