Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC Version Review

In recent years, the development of wearable devices is still very rapid. For example, with the increase of functions and the professionalization of sports functions, smart bracelets can provide us with more information. In this regard, Xiaomi is one of the most active and most popular companies. Moreover, now, the company has added its voice assistant to almost all models it makes. This is not accidental that the Xiaomi Mi Band has gradually become the control center of Xiaomi AloT smart ecosystem. Just recently, Xiaomi launched the new Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC. Many think there are not many changes in this smartband. But we prove there are many improvements.

Unboxing and Appearance

On the outer packaging, it still looks very attractive. The whole is mainly black. There is not only the product picture of the bracelet on the front, but also the number 5.

There are not many things in it after opening – just the bracelet, charging cable, and user manual.

The change of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC version in terms of screen is still quite large. It increases the previous 0.95 inch screen to 1.1 inches, an increase of 20%. Shortly put, it can display more information. The brightness of the screen has reached 450nit, which makes it possible to see the content of the bracelet even in the strong light environment. The brightness has five levels of adjustment. So when using it, you can change the brightness according to the environment.

In order to make it easier for everyone to operate, this time, it comes with a touchscreen. The screen surface is protected by a 2.5D scratch-resistant glass panel, which not only looks beautiful but is also quite durable.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC version also has 8 different color combinations to choose from: dynamic orange, vitality yellow, graphite black, dark cyan, bronze purple, deep blue, lotus powder, and light green. We are reviewing the black variant. In order to avoid discomfort to the skin, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 uses a skin-friendly material TPU wristband. And this is also certified for environmental protection.

For many people, the choice of dial is also a big problem. This time, there are hundreds of online themed dials on the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 to choose from. This includes 54 character dials, such as SpongeBob, New Century Evangelion, Hatsune Miku, Detective Conan, etc. In addition, the dial can also be customized, that is to say we can freely combine the dial design according to our own preferences.

On the other hand, there are certain adjustments to the charging. Before charging, it was necessary to remove the hand ring host. It is not only relatively troublesome but also sometimes it will be forgotten to put back. In this sense, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 does not need to be taken out because it uses a magnetic charging method. It is worth mentioning that the wristband of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is still very strong. So there is no need to worry about loosening due to frequent disassembly.

Compared with smart watches, one of the biggest features of smart bracelets is lightness. The weight of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is only 12.5g, and only 23.5g after the wristband is worn.

In the NFC version, the company also added the Xiao Ai voice assistant. With the addition of Xiao Ai, the function of the bracelet is more abundant. For example, if there are other smart devices at home, we can use voice to control the equipment in the home, such as air conditioners, sweeping robots, etc. You can also let Xiao Ai voice assistant when you are in motion.

Another point is the health management. There is a new PAI health assessment system on the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC version. This simply means that after exercise, you can score the health of this exercise, which more intuitively reflects personal health. Its built-in high-precision six-axis motion sensor, (3-axis acceleration sensor and 3-axis gyroscope) help the band in offering a total of 11 professional sports modes, including the first row of yoga, plasticity and fat-reducing rowing machine, skipping rope.

In addition, there is a new PPG biosensor built in. It can detect 24-hour intelligent heart rate, and the accuracy is relatively improved by 50%, the accuracy of sleep monitoring is increased by 40%, and scientific advice can be provided to provide optimized insomnia. Also, the infrared detection function is also added to the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 NFC version. So it can avoid the interference of visible green light at night to bring a more stable sleep.

As for the battery life, the company said that it can bring 14 days of long battery life. But when we were reviewing it, the endurance reached 20 days.

User experience

When connecting, you need to download the Xiaomi Sports app on your smartphone, and then keep the smartband close to the smartphone for a while. The AFC option is the NFC version. So it is still very good in life. Access control is possible. So you don’t have to pull out the card. Just swipe the bracelet. In addition, Xiaomi also brought the UnionPay flash payment function to the bracelet. And through Alipay offline function, paying outside can be basically got rid of the smartphone. Moreover, there is no feeling of oppression when wearing it. It is very light. When the bracelet is connected to the smartphone, there are many message reminders, such as call reminder, SMS, app message reminder, etc.

Dial selection and message reminder can be set in the app. For females, it can provide reminders and other data for the physiological period and ovulation period.


The first point is that you can customize the dial. You can choose according to your preferences. The second point is Xiao Ai. The other point the NFC function. In other words, the Mi Band 5 NFC version can become a very convenient companion in all scenes of life. Also, you can make it look according to your taste and preferences.

But we still have a few suggestions:

  1. It can’t connect to the iPhone. After connecting with the Xiaomi phone, it cannot be synchronized to the Apple phone (probably means: the Apple phone cannot use the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 normally);
  2. The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 cannot support third-party custom dials like the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, which is a bit regretful.

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