Amazfit Bip S vs Mi Band 5 – Which is Better?

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Mi Band 5 is the latest fitness smartband from Xiaomi, it succeeds and packs new improvements in health and fitness tracking, larger display, and improved battery life, while Amazfit Bip S, a variant of the popular Bip comes with inbuilt GPS which isn’t present on Mi Band 5. However, both share a lot in common. This post compares the difference between Mi Band 5 vs Amazfit Bip S to help you make a more informed decision on which is a better smartband/smartwatch. Note that Mi band 5 is a fitness band, while Bip S is a smartwatch.

Amazfit Bip S vs Mi Band 5 Full Specifications Comparison

  Amazfit Bip S Mi Band 5
amazfit bip s specs mi band 5 specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Amazfit Bip S Mi Band 5
Device type Sport/Fitness smartwatch Fitness smartband
Predecessor N/A Mi Band 4
Successor N/A N/A
Date Released January, 2020 July, 2020
Gender Unisex Unisex

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size 1.28 inch 1.1 inches
Display type Transflect LCD (Colored) AMOLED
Display resolution 178 x 178 pixels 126 x 294 pixels
Pixel density -- _
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen,
1 physical button
Touchkey

BODY

Shape Rectangular/curved Rectangular/curved
Casing material Polycarbonate Polycarbonate
Strap material Silicone TPU
Bezel Material Glass (bezeless) Polycarbonate
Weight 31g 11.9 grams
Color(s) Carbon black
Warm pink
Red orange
White
Teal
Orange
Navy blue
Yellow
Black
Mint green
Dimension 42 x 35.3 x 11.4mm 46.95 x 18.15 x 12.45mm
Strap size 20 mm 155 - 216mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass 3 Tempered glass
Durability test
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM -- 512KB
Internal storage -- 16MB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

Audio No No
Microphone No No
Loudspeaker No No
Camera No No
Music streaming No No

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
NFC No No
Wi-Fi No No
Bluetooth calling No No

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology None None
SIM None None

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Floors climbed No No
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
VO2 Max. No ___
Stress No Yes
Swim tracking Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking No Yes
Blood pressure No No
ECG Tracking No No
Blood oxygen No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes, 10 Yes, 11

PLATFORM

Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
CPU -- --
GPU -- --
Chipset -- --

SENSORS

GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS No
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope No Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer No No
Compass Yes No
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter -- --
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes No

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 20mm Yes, 155 - 216mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant No No
Compatibility Android 5.0+
iOS 10.0+
Android 4.4+
iOS 9.0+
Payment system None Alipay, Union Pay
Companion app Mi Fit App Mi Fit App

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-Polymer battery
Battery capacity 200 mAh 125mAh
Est. battery life Standby: 90days
Mixed Usage: 40 days+
GPS tracking: 20 hrs+
Standby: 3 Weeks+
Mixed usage: 14 days+
Charging mode 2-pins POGO pin Charging cradle
Charging duration About 2-3 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Amazfit Bip S Mi Band 5
Straps Straps
Charger Charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Differences Between Mi Band 5 vs Amazfit Bip S

  • DESIGN
  • Both Amazfit Bip s and Mi band 5 have a sturdy build comprising of a polycarbonate case, while silicone has been used for Bip S straps and TPU for Mi Band 5 which results in a very lightweight design that is very comfortable to wear.

    With AMOLED powering the display of Mi Band 5, it has a more colorful and richer display compared to reflective LCD of Bip S. Both can easily be read easily even under sunlight. Interacting with Mi Band 5 is via a touchkey, while Bip S has touchscreen support. Again, navigation is easy on both devices, but Bip S is easier to navigate with a physical button.

    Both Mi band 5 and Bip S are rated 5ATM (waterproof rating up to 50 meters), so it’s safe to wear any of these to the pool or ocean.

    The bottom line, each of the two devices has got a decent design that makes any of these two very comfortable to wear all day long.

  • ACTIVITY TRACKING
  • Both Mi Band 5 and Bip S are marketed as fitness and health monitoring devices, as a result, any of these two will track your daily activities such as steps, calories, distance, sleep, and continuous heart rate tracking. However, Bip S is equipped with an inbuilt GPS that enables you to track and map your routes. Although, Mi Band 5 can also track outdoor activities by connecting to your phone GPS which you can view from the Mi Fit app.

    Additionally, Mi Band 5 features menstrual cycle tracking, a feature that allows women to log and monitor period cycle. It also features blood oxygen saturation tracking and can also help you monitor stress through a guided breathing session. Bip S lacks these features, and moreover, Mi Band 5 has more preset workout modes.

  • BATTERY LIFE
  • One of the main selling factors for the Bip family is the very long battery life of every smartwatch on the Bip lineup. Although each of these two has a long battery life that makes any of these a great choice for individuals that want to track long durational activities. While Bip S will keep you going for over a month, Mi Band 5 can last up to 20 days and 14 days with continuous tracking.

  • SMART FEATURES
  • The Chinese version of Mi Band 5 has NFC that allows you to make payment with Ali Pay and Union Pay. It also equipped with a MEMS microphone that gives you access to XiaoAI voice assistant. These features are not available yet on the international version of Mi Band 5. Bip S lacks these features.

  • PRICE

Mi Band 5 is far cheaper than Bip S which is in-line with previous Mi Band versions that are also very cheap.

Which Should You Buy?

Any of these two will make a decent choice for tracking and managing your fitness goals and a perfect companion for managing updates on your phone. Both are low priced fitness trackers, priced below $100.

I’ll still choose Amazfit Bip S, it’s got more fitness tracking features and also has very long battery life.

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