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    Mi Band HRX Edition (Black) Review

    The Mi Band HRX edition has the same 0.42-inch OLED display on the front that shows time, steps, distance, calories burned and the remaining battery. The screen is really small and occupies 25% of the glass. It is not a touch screen, so you must press the button below the screen to cycle through the different options. The button has 0.05 mm waves recorded to offer a tactile sensation when touched.

    This screen is prone to stains even though Xiaomi says it has an anti-fingerprint coating, however, it has scratch-resistant glass that can handle scratches to some extent.

    Compared to the Mi Band 2 OLED screen that had a bluish tint, it has a yellowish tint, otherwise I could not find any difference between the two in the front. The screen is sharp and good indoors, but it is barely visible outdoors with intense sunlight since it is not bright. Similar to the predecessor, the brightness is not adjustable.

    The removable module is small and has charging contacts on the bottom. You can use the same Mi Band 2 charging cable and, since it has almost similar dimensions, you can use the same Mi Band 2 bracelet. Inside it has a low-power programmable Bluetooth chip so you can store data even when it is disconnected of the smartphone. Use Bluetooth 4.0 LE to connect to Android (4.4+) or iPhone (7.0+).

    Can't find the heart rate sensor on the back. There is only the Mi logo on the back of polycarbonate. It measures 15.7 × 40.3 × 10.5 mm and weighs only 7 grams without the strap, just like the Mi Band 2.

    The wrist strap has a better build quality compared to Mi Band 2 and has a smooth finish. It has an HRX brand too.

    It has the same IP67 rating of water resistance, so it can withstand splashes and sweat, but it is not recommended to use it when swimming.

    The Mi Fit application for Android and iPhone has been greatly improved since Mi Band 2. The application has a new color scheme that looks attractive. It also has a new activity tracking screen for outdoor running, treadmill, outdoor cycling and walking. The application shows steps, distance and calories burned. Xiaomi says it has an improved tracking algorithm in the HRX edition to accurately monitor its activities, so it should have an improved sensor. It also has the phone unlock feature that allows you to use the phone's Bluetooth to unlock the phone when it is nearby.
    Sleep tracking shows total sleep time, deep sleep, light sleep and wake time. It is not 100% accurate, but automatic sleep tracking is one of the best features of Mi Band compared to others in the similar price range.

    The screen can show the steps, distance, calories and remaining battery life that alternate when you press the button below the OLED screen. You can also select the option to display the day, month and date, in addition to the time, which is very useful. You can also enable the option to show the time when you lift your wrist. All these are the same as Mi Band 2.

    The application does not yet offer automatic tracking. A few months ago, a new feature called Behavior Tagging was added in the Mi Fit application that allows you to tag activities such as Running, Walking, Climbing stairs, Cycling, etc. This simply loads the data to Xiaomi so that they can work in the automatic tracking function. I hope you add it soon.

    Other features are similar, such as incoming call alerts, silent alarm, app notifications, incoming SMS alerts, inactivity alerts, goal notifications and do not disturb (DND). You can also connect it to Google Fit to synchronize your steps and sleep data.

    Battery duration:-
    It has a 70 mAh battery, similar to the Mi Band 2. Since it does not have a heart rate sensor, Xiaomi promises 23 days of battery life, compared to 20 days in the Mi Band 2. After full charging, I got 28 days of battery life before reaching 10% of the charge. It is recommended not to let the Mi Band's battery dry completely. Battery life may vary based on frequent screen usage and notifications.

    At a price of Rs. 1299, the Mi Band HRX edition is one of the best and most affordable exercise trackers you can get on the market. Xiaomi is no longer selling the Mi Band 2 with a heart rate sensor in India, which would be my choice, but don't miss anything else. It still has the best battery life and a compact and lightweight design. If you don't want to spend a lot on an expensive fitness tracker with a bulky design, the Mi Band HRX edition is a good choice among those
    Not everyone likes a black band, so Xiaomi started selling blue band recently for Rs. 199, but orange and green bands are not yet available in India. The Mi Band HRX edition is available online at Flipkart, Amazon.in and mi.com, as well as in the Mi Home Stores and offline Partner stores.
    • Affordable
    • Water resistant (IP67)
    • brilliant battery life

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