Xiaomi Mi Band 3 VS Xiaomi Mi Band 2: the upgrades in the new Xiaomi fitness tracker. Chinese OEM company Xiaomi recently released a couple of smartphones and gadgets in an event held in Shenzhen, China. The products includes their latest flagships; the Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer (with translucent back), Xiaomi Mi 8 Special edition, 75-inch Xiaomi TV 4, Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset, Xiaomi MIUI 10 user interface and Xiaomi Mi Band 3. The focus of this article is Xiaomi’s new fitness tracker; the Xiaomi Mi Band 3.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is a successor to 2016’s Xiaomi Mi Band 2. The first generation of the Mi Band fitness tracker was released in 2014, so we might be expecting a new Mi Band by 2020. Well, both the Xiaomi Mi Band and Mi Band 2 were met with great reception, especially the Mi Band 2 being sold out in most online shopping stores. Does the new Xiaomi Mi Band 3 have what it takes to outclass the Mi Band 2? Let’s put both the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3 in a comparison test and find which is worth buying.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 VS Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – The Design
The design is not totally different from the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and Xiaomi Mi Band 3. Both fitness trackers are designed in the same body-friendly thermoplastic elastomer material. They both use the company’s signature wristband style, with the new Xiaomi Mi Band 3 featuring a more solid and tighter strap, which should prevent falling off. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and Mi Band 2 are available in only black color. But the strap (which is interchangeable) on the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes in Black, Blue and Orange colors.
In terms of weight, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is lighter with a weight of 7 grams. While the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 weighs 8.5 grams. Obviously, there will be some new features in the Mi Band 3 which could be the reason for the weight. Overall, the major difference in design of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3 is the new strap colors available for the Xiaomi Mi Band 3. The Xiaomi Mi Band features a touch key interactive style while the Mi Band 3 features a touch key and touch screen interactive style.
They’re both waterproof with the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 having an IP67 certified rating. While the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 features a 5ATM waterproof protection. What this means is that the Mi Band 2 can only survive when submerged in a 1-meter depth of water while the Mi Band 3 can survive in 50 meters depth of water. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 measures 40.3 x 15.7 x 10.5 mm in dimensions while the Mi Band 3 measures 46.9 × 17.9 × 12 mm.
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Xiaomi Mi Band 3 VS Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – The Display
The display is where you will see a significant upgrade from the Mi Band 2 to the Mi Band 3. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 features a 0.48 inch OLED display with 40 x 72 pixels resolution. While the Mi Band 3 features a 0.78-inch PMOLED display, 80 x 128 pixels resolution and 193 pixels per inch density. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Band 3 can display over 23 Chinese characters at the same time. And the 193 PPI featured on the Mi Band 3 is the highest pixels per inch custom display smart band in the market. The bigger screen on the Mi Band 3 displays incoming calls and text message alerts.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 VS Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – Software
Both smartwatches are among the best when it comes to keeping track with your fitness activity. You can sync the smart bands with your smartphone through a dedicated app and it will enable you to pick/reject calls and respond to text messages from your wrist. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and Mi Band 3 features a heart rate monitor, pedometer and sleep monitor. There’s also a Mi Fit App which helps in tracking activity such as sleep, step count, and heart-rate data. You can even set workout goals or compete with friends using the Mi Fit App.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 features Bluetooth 4.0 and compatible with Android 4.4+ and iOS 7.0+. While the Mi Band 3 features a better Bluetooth 4.2 and it’s compatible with Android 4.4 and above as well as iOS 9.0 and other bigger iOS versions. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 also promises an improved NFC functionality, which will enable quick/easy payments from your wristband.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 VS Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – The Battery
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 packs a Li-Po 70 mAh battery with a 20 days standby time. While the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 packs a Li-Po 110 mAh battery with a more than 20 days standby time.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 VS Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – The Price
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is available for around $36.63 (N13,200) while the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is sold for around $34.59 (N12,500) with discounts. Both wristbands offer great quality-price ratio. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes with improved features but it shouldn’t total beat the Mi Band 2 off the market. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a cheaper choice for users who want to use the Mi wristband without spending much.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 VS Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Full Specs Comparison
|Xiaomi Mi Band 3||Xiaomi Mi Band 2|
|Dimensions and Weight||46.9 × 17.9 × 12 mm. Weight: 8.5 g||40.3 x 15.7 x 10.5 mm. Weight: 7 g|
|Display||0.78 inch ( – % screen-to-body ratio), 80 x 128 pixels with 193 PPI density and PMOLED capacitive touchscreen||0.42 inch ( – % screen-to-body ratio), 40 x 72 pixels with – PPI density and OLED capacitive touchscreen|
|Software||Android 4.4+ & iOS 9.0+||Android 4.4+ & iOS 7.0+|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.2|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 110 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 70 mAh battery|
|Additional Features||Heart rate monitor, Pedometer, Sleep monitor, NFC functionality, Weather forecasting||Heart rate monitor, Pedometer, Sleep monitor|