Xiaomi and Honor have been leading the entry-level fitness tracker segment for a long time in India. And now, Realme too has joined the league with its all-new Realme Band, which undercuts the other two by a significant margin. So, is it really worth spending more for Mi Band 4 or Honor Band 5? Let’s check out the same in our detailed Realme Band vs Mi Band 4 vs Honor Band 5 comparison.
Realme Band vs Mi Band 4 vs Honor Band 5: Specs & Features
Starting with the design, the Realme Band gets a curved tracker that merges seamlessly with the strap. It comes in Black, Yellow, and Green color options and features a built-in USB charging feature, meaning you can detach the strap and plug the tracker directly into a power bank or wall charger.
The Mi Band 4(review) offers a rather old-school pill-shaped circular design, from the Mi Band 2. It comes with a proprietary charger that requires you to detach the whole capsule from the straps. You can buy it in Black, Purple, Orange, Burgundy, and Light Pink color options.
The Honor Band 5, in comparison, features a sleek rectangular form factor and a prominent circular home key. Just like the Realme Band, it gets a built-in USB for charging, defying the need for a separate USB cable. Color options include Black, Navy Blue, and Pink.
Note that the Realme Band gets IP68 dust and water resistance, meaning it can be submerged in up to 1.5m of water for about 30 minutes. Whereas the other two boast 5ATM rating, which allows for depths up to 50m and is much better for swimming.
The Realme Band 5 comes with a 0.96-inch TFT screen with 80×160 pixels resolution and 3D glass. Whereas both the Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5 feature 0.95-inch AMOLED panels with a resolution of 240×120 pixels, 282ppi pixel density and 2.5D glass on top.
With the higher resolution AMOLED panels, the Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5 have a significant edge in terms of display sharpness and quality. They also have better sunlight legibility. Another major difference is the fact that the Honor and Xiaomi bands in question feature a full-screen touch display; the Realme Band gets only a touch key for navigation.
It’s also important to note that Realme Band gets only five watch faces to choose from at the moment. The other two, in comparison, get a dozen of them pre-loaded in the band, as well as in the app. The interface, too, is quite basic on Realme with limited options, and for all the band settings, you need to use the Realme Link app, which is not the case with the other twain.
In terms of features, all three bands are very close to each other. They all bear heart rate sensors, track sports activities, monitor sleep, and can show information around calls, messages, reminders, as well as notifications from third-party apps.
To be specific, Realme Band tracks about nine sports modes, including running, cycling, hiking, yoga, fitness, and more. There’s also a special Cricket mode crafted for India, which is not available on any other tracker.
The Honor Band 5, on the other hand, features around ten different sports exercise modes. This includes indoor & outdoor running, walking, swimming, indoor cycling, free training, etc. It also touts built-in music controls and a SpO2 sensor to measure Blood Oxygen levels.
Coming to the Mi Band 4, it packs in similar features, including an optical heart rate scanner, sleep tracking, and multiple sports activities like running, cycling, and swimming in real-time. Just like the Band 5, it lets you control music without using your phone.
The Realme Band gets the smallest battery of the trio at 90mAh, which shells about 9-10 days of use on a single charge. Honor Band 5 ranks second with its 110mAh battery, said to last up to 14 days based on the features you use. And as expected, the Mi Band 4 takes the crown with a whopping 20-day endurance with its 135mAh cell.
All three bands take roughly around 1.5 to 2 hours to charge from 0 to 100%. As mentioned, the Realme Band and Honor Band 5 get a built-in USB-A port for convenient charging while the Mi Band 4 gets a proprietary pill-shaped charging pad that needs to be carried along.
The Realme Band is cheapest of all at just Rs. 1,499. Whereas, the Mi Band 4 costs a tad more with a price tag of Rs. 2,299. The Honor Band 5, launched at Rs. 2,599, now retails for around Rs. 2,200- similar to the Band 4.
Realme Band vs Mi Band 4 vs Honor Band 5- Which one should you buy?
The Realme Band surely offers a value for money proposition with the number of fitness features it has on offer. However, it falls short of the overall display quality, extra features, and battery life on the Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5. But then again, it undercuts them by about Rs. 800, making its own presence in its segment.
So, if you’re running tight on budget, the Realme Band should do the job fairly well. If not, either of Mi Band 4 and Honor Band 5 would give much better experience. If you’re confused between these two, you can check out our Mi Band 4 vs Honor Band 5 detailed comparison here.
Also, read- Top 5 Best Fitness Bands in India.
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