Getting started with the Xiaomi Smart Band 7: a large screen and a pampered interface | TechBuzz

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With its Smart Band 7, Xiaomi is launching its new generation of connected bracelet in France. This new version focuses above all on a larger screen and a revised and corrected interface. We took it in hand.

Le Xiaomi Smart Band 7 // Source : Frandroid
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This Tuesday, Xiaomi announced the marketing of its new connected bracelet in France, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7. Already launched in China at the end of May, the connected bracelet is now available in France. We were able to try it for a short week, the opportunity to give you our first impressions before a more complete test.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Features

Model Xiaomi Smart Band 7
screen size

1.62 inches

Technology

AMOLED

Screen definition
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490 x 192 pixels

screen size

other

Battery

180 mAh

heart rate sensor
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Oui

Sleep analysis

Oui

Accelerometer

Oui

Ambient light sensor

Non

Prix

82 €

Product sheet See the test

The bracelet taken in hand was lent to us by Xiaomi

Once a stalker, always a stalker

At first glance, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 does not revolutionize Xiaomi’s recipe for connected bracelets. We even have a format very close to that of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 launched last year. The bracelet is similar, all in silicone with a simple pin that passes through a loop and hooks into one of the perforations.

The same goes for the format of the connected bracelet. As usual with Xiaomi, it is not so much a bracelet as a simple tracker. This can indeed be removed and taken out of the bracelet. Convenient if you eventually want to change the strap – provided that Xiaomi or third-party manufacturers offer them – integrate the sensor into another mounting system.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 can be removed from the bracelet
The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 can be removed from the bracelet // Source: Frandroid

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7, however, offers some small new design features, but you have to have a sharp eye to spot them. First, the screen is slightly larger than on the Xiaomi Smart Band 6. Its diagonal thus increases from 1.56 to 1.63 inches. The definition rises to 490 x 192 pixels, against 486 x 152 for the older generation. However, the display density remains the same, still 326 pixels per inch. Note also that Xiaomi has retained the AMOLED display, thus ensuring very good contrast, so much so that we can barely distinguish the chin – yet still as wide – at the bottom of the screen. Another small novelty, the bracelet itself is now smoother, with fewer angles and a system that directly extends that of the bracelet. The result is a more refined and above all more discreet design that highlights the large rectangle at the top of the wrist less.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Band still does not take advantage of an important function for users of watches and connected bracelets: automatic brightness. In the absence of a light sensor, the bracelet cannot automatically manage its backlighting and we often end up with too low a brightness outdoors or too high in the middle of the night.

A slightly more design interface

For a year, Xiaomi has partly reviewed the ecosystem of its connected watches and bracelets. This requires new applications, as we will see later, but also new icons. For its Smart Band 7, the Chinese manufacturer has thus partly revised the interface of its connected bracelet, for the better, but also for the worse.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 apps
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 applications // Source: Frandroid

For the better, we will now find a rather aesthetic navigation system, with sufficiently eloquent icons not to get lost in the various menus of the bracelet. We are now entitled to unified round icons within the RTOS system which equips the connected bracelet. A swipe up will thus allow you to display all the available applications, a swipe down displays the list of the latest notifications and swipes to the left and to the right give access to tiles allowing you to interact more quickly with certain applications (weather, music, etc.).

However, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 does not overlook certain problems regularly encountered with this type of device, starting with menus with texts that are too long. It is common to have to wait several seconds for the text to scroll in order to know what a particular entry corresponds to. Even more annoying: some menus offer very similar starters such as “Screen always on” et “Always On Screen”. Especially since you often have to wait for the text to scroll to find out what each menu corresponds to.

With the heat wave period, I also used the weather updates for a few days. An alert supposed to be very practical, but which displayed a little too frequently alert messages with a title in Chinese. Admittedly, these were vigilance alerts established by Orange, but I don’t need to be warned four times a day – with aggressive notifications to say the least – that it’s hot. I already feel it enough.

Two apps, but still no GPS

In terms of health measurements and sports activity monitoring, the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 has the same functions as its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6. We will therefore find a count of the number of steps taken during the day, a monitoring of heart rate and SpO2 and various data that will result from it. This is the case, for example, of the display of the different heart rate levels when you run.

The heart rate sensor on the back of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7
The heart rate sensor on the back of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 // Source: Frandroid

However, Xiaomi is once again ignoring a function that is particularly popular with outdoor athletes: GPS. It is indeed possible to indicate its geolocation when you start training, but the bracelet will rely for this on the GPS of the smartphone. In other words, you will therefore necessarily have to take your phone with you. Moreover, without GPS – I tried it – estimating the distance on a run is completely in the cabbage. On a 10 km run, the only estimate based on the accelerometer measured a distance covered of 9 km.

It is all the more unfortunate that Xiaomi continues to increase the prices of its bracelets. The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 is thus launched at 70 euros, against 60 euros for the Mi Smart Band 6. As a reminder, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5, launched in 2020, was displayed at 50 euros and the Mi Band 4 from 2019 to 40 euros. In the meantime, if Xiaomi has partly revised the design or the quality of the display, the Chinese manufacturer has not added any new function to its various bracelets – with the exception of SpO2 measurement on the Mi Smart. Band 6.

Le Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7
Le Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 // Source : Frandroid

We can also highlight an increasingly cluttered environment on the side of Xiaomi’s applications. There are indeed two ways to connect your bracelet to your smartphone: the Mi Fitness app (formerly Xiaomi Wear) or the Zepp Life app (formerly Mi Fit). At first glance, both apps offer similar data and functions, with a design premium given to Mi Fitness. However, if the Mi Fitness application allows you to link your data to Strava, Zepp Life allows you to send it to Google Fit… but not vice versa. It is therefore impossible to share your data with the two services, since you cannot connect the bracelet to the two applications. Here too, we feel that Xiaomi still has a long way to go before offering a coherent and unified ecosystem with the best of both worlds.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 price and availability

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 is available from this Tuesday. It is offered in a single black color, priced at 69.99 euros. As a reminder, last year’s Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 was launched at 59.99 euros.

However, a promotional offer will be offered on Wednesday June 22 and Thursday June 23 to take advantage of the new bracelet at a more affordable price, at 49.99 euros.



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