Xiaomi and Honor have been fighting to dominate the budget fitness-band market but none have managed to do so yet. After the neck-to-neck competition between Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5, Honor has added a new one to its Band 5 lineup and named it Honor Band 5i. Let’s find out if it is superior or inferior to the Honor Band 5 and should you buy it over the other two successful fitness bands.
Price and Availability:
The Honor Band 5i comes in three color options: Black, Pink, and Dark Green. The official price of Honor Band 5i in Nepal is Rs. 3,990.
Design and Display:
Honor Band 5i has an oval 0.96-inch full-touch colored LCD display with a resolution of 80×160 pixels unlike the higher resolution and AMOLED screen of Honor Band 5 i.e. 120×240 pixels. The circular touch-sensitive home key remains the same as in the Honor Band 5. Although both the band’s straps are made up of TPU material, the main difference from Honor Band 5 is that one end of the band’s strap is removable revealing a USB-A charging support. Thus, there’s no longer the hassle of any charge cable and the band can be charged by plugging it anywhere with a USB-A interface.
The features in the band remain the same as in the Honor Band 5. The band can analyze sleep quality in real-time, identify everyday sleep habits, and provide over 200 personalized assessment suggestions for a better night’s sleep. There is the presence of TrueSeen 3.5 technology for 24-hour heart rate tracking along with the Sp02 sensor to monitor the user’s oxygen saturation levels in the bloodstream which is useful during workouts or at high altitudes.
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The various fitness activities supported in the Honor Band 5i are Outdoor/Indoor Running/Walking/Cycling, Free Training, etc. It tracks and displays data such as heart rate, workout time, distance, stride frequency, speed, calories, and aerobic/anaerobic results for a more in-depth workout plan along with personalized recommendations. I highly recommend you to have your band paired with the Huawei Health app for better and more informative user experience.
The band also provides support for features like Phone Finder, Message or Notification Reminder and Remote Picture Taking while paired with your smartphone. You can also control your Spotify app and other supported favorite music apps right from your wrist. (The supported music apps are Shazam, VLC for Android, Google Play Music, YouTube, Tube Go, Spotify, Audify, KKBOX, Black player, Pulsar, and Huawei Music). There are also many watch-faces to choose from and you can download more from the new Honor Clock face store.
The band also retains the 5ATM waterproofing for your swimming actions from the Honor Band 5 i.e. the band is water-resistant up to 50m.
Although companies never release NFC supported gadgets in Nepal, let me just tell you that there is no NFC-supported version of Honor Band 5i unlike the Honor Band 5.
The company didn’t give us an exact battery capacity but it does have a maximum standby time of about 9 days unlike the 14 days on the Honor Band 5. It took me nearly under an hour to fully charge it from zero. With continuous heart rate tracking and sleep monitoring turned on, I got a standby of about 4-5 days. As I mentioned before, it is now a whole lot easy and convenient to charge the band.
In terms of price, the Honor Band 5i is cheaper than the Honor Band 5, which is generally cost-effective. With detailed and advanced health monitoring functions, then Honor Band 5i comes really good on its promises. Would you buy the Honor Band 5i with a built-in USB charging port?