Xiaomi has made quite a name with its ultra-affordable yet feature-packed fitness bands. Now, the Chinese giant has introduced its latest iteration: the Mi Band 7.
Highlights include a larger display than its predecessors, improved blood oxygen tracking and up to 15-day battery life but there’s more to this lightweight tracker worth exploring. Here we round up all the details on the Mi Band 7, from price to availability, features and more.
When does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 launch worldwide?
The Mi Band 7 was introduced on 24 May, alongside the Redmi Buds 4 and Redmi Buds 4 Pro, and went on sale in China on 31 May.
The Band 7 was given a global launch on 21 June, with sales first launching in select countries in Western Europe from 22 June – though we don’t yet know exactly when it will go on sale in countries including the UK and India.
It’s also worth noting that the global launch doesn’t include the separate NFC version of the tracker. That’s no big surprise, as in the case of Mi Band 6 last year Xiaomi waited a few extra months to launch the NFC version, which came in September 2021 in partnership with Mastercard. We should probably expect similar this time around.
How much does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 cost?
Pricing has always been aggressive on the Mi Smart Band/Mi Band range, with Xiaomi keeping costs low for customers, but costs are slowly creeping up.
The Mi Band 7 officially costs €59.99 (around $65/£50) from the Mi Store in Europe and ¥249 in China (¥299 for the NFC model). If you’re fast, there’s an Early Bird discount in Europe which drops the price down to €49.99, but only until 23 June.
That’s more than previous models, with the Band 6 costing $40/£40/€45/¥229 last year.
What features does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 offer?
The most obvious change in the move to the Mi Band 7 is unquestionably the tracker’s new larger display.
While it maintains the signature pill shape of its predecessor, it’s now approximately 25% larger (according to Xiaomi), measuring in at 1.62in; with a higher resolution (490×192) to ensure it’s just as sharp as before (326ppi).
The added screen real estate afforded to Xiaomi by this larger full-colour always-on AMOLED panel has allowed for a reworked UI that can serve up more information at a glance, while some of the 100+ watch faces include animated elements that – thanks to a new chipset – should look smoother.
The Mi Band 7 offers continuous heart rate and (improved) blood oxygen tracking, as well as support for breathing exercises, stress evaluation and female cycle tracking.
Expanding on the 120 supported sport modes, the 7 can also offer insights on VO2 Max, training load, recovery time, training effect. There are four ‘professional’ sport modes (as part of that 120), with automatic workout detection for some activities.
Outside of the Band 7’s activity tracking chops, the wearable also has inbuilt tools like a flashlight, remote camera and music controls (on compatible phones), timers (including the Pomodoro timer), weather, alarms and more.
The NFC model, which for now remains a Chinese exclusive, supports Alipay and WeChat Pay, however, the added functionality sucks a day from that promised 15-day battery life. The Xiao AI assistant also features, granting smart home control with compatible IoT devices.
Here’s the Xiaomi Mi Band 7’s full spec sheet:
1.62in 490×192 AMOLED display
Up to 500nits brightness
2.5D tempered glass
160mm to 224mm interchangeable antibacterial TPU straps
Aluminium alloy buckle
Optical heart rate sensor
Blood oxygen saturation monitoring
Six-axis motion sensor
5ATM water resistance
100+ watch faces
120 sport modes
Contactless Alipay & WeChat Pay support (NFC model only)
Smart home control via Xiao AI (NFC model only)
Bluetooth 5.2 LE
15-day battery life (standard model) | 14-day battery life (NFC model)
Full charge = Two hours
2 POGO pin magnetic charging
46.5mm x 20.7mm x 12.25mm
Standard band colours: White, black, light blue, cream, dark green, orange
Special band colours: Camouflage blue, camouflage green, fluorescent yellow, fluorescent orange
Despite everything the Mi Band line continues to bring to the table, it still lacks a handful of popular wearable features. Namely, GPS (which some have speculated could arrive on a Band 7 Pro) and any sort of speaker integration.
In the meantime, you can find our recommendations for the best fitness trackers, to see what the competition has to offer competition. Alternatively, take a look at the best smartwatches to buy right now.