Xiaomi has worked thoroughly on the fourth version of the national bracelet. Taught how to operate a smartphone, painted the display, shoveled the menu and... slightly raised the price. We spent a day with the gadget: tested the screen, switched the music, measured the pulse and, of course, compared with its predecessor.
Appearance and screen
The main thing in watches and bracelets — whether they are comfortable to wear and whether they sit securely on the wrist. On both counts, Mi Band 4 is in order. The material of the strap is pleasant, reminds soft-touch. Lock closes tightly and is itself obviously will not undo. The capsule of the tracker in the bracelet is sitting as it should. The straps for Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and Mi Band 4 are interchangeable.
Display in the new version is a little more than 0.95 inches compared to 0.78 Mi from Band 3. However, visually it is almost imperceptible. On the front panel instead of convex plastic coating — flat glass. Fingerprints remain, but they're easy to erase. However, often touch the screen, most likely, do not have to — it can automatically turn on when you raise your hand with a bracelet to his eyes.
In the default settings, the average brightness of the display is set — under the midday sun, it is not enough. So in the summer, the figure is better to wring the maximum. But indoors or outdoors in the shade of the average level is quite comfortable. To reduce battery consumption, you can set the time when the brightness will automatically decrease in the Mi-Fit app. For example, from evening to morning.
A little upset that you can not increase the time after which the screen turns off. The display lights up for four seconds after you press the button or lift your hand to your face. Sometimes that's not enough.
The new Xiaomi Mi Band 4 can do everything that a fitness bracelet should be able to do, and even more. The gadget shows the time, weather, notifications from the applications you specified. He counts steps and calories, reminds you that you sat up and it's time to warm up. Measures pulse and monitors sleep quality. And, of course, helps in sports. The novelty allows you to select six types of exercises instead of two in the third version. There are jogging, walking, treadmill, bike, strength training, and swimming. Yes, in the bracelet you can swim, it is waterproof and can withstand pressure up to 5 atmospheres.
One of the most anticipated solutions in the gadget is music and video management, and only in one swipe. Hold the main screen to the right and see the "start/stop", switching tracks and volume indicator. The buttons are small, but even very large finger pressed accurately and accurately. Checked with "Yandex. Radio" and YouTube — works without questions.
Left - Xiaomi Mi Band 3, right - the new Mi Band 4
The Mi Band 4 menu remained vertical, as in the previous version of the bracelet. Scrolls swipe up or down, tap on the screen — select items, press the sub-screen button — return to the level above. The color OLED display makes the menu more visual and informative. It has become easier to distinguish notifications from different applications — they are marked with corresponding icons. Orientation is made easier by animations and the different colors of the elements: for example, the activated options in the settings are marked green, and the undo buttons are red.
Management has become easier and more difficult at the same time. On the one hand, the new bracelet is almost not used swipe left and right. No need to memorize complex sequences of movements. On the other hand, without side swipe had to increase the nesting menu. As a result, some items are hidden too deep. To start, for example, a timer, you need to make three swipe and three clicks. Too much.
At the initial setting, the bracelet immediately begins to show off advanced sports functions. The firmware of our gadget is Chinese, but there is an alternative to the hieroglyphs - English.
Autonomy - preliminary assessment
When the bracelet was removed from the box, the battery was charged to 57%. Then began a day of very active use — is still the first acquaintance! Update, Wallpaper change, the menus and functions that are constant on the screen and force the synchronization with the smartphone. Plus heart rate measurement every 30 minutes and sleep monitoring. In 24 hours the battery was discharged by 10%. That is, in the normal, not so intense mode, you can predict the work without recharging for a couple of weeks.
A longer test of autonomy, a thorough study of the functions and evaluation of the accuracy of measurements we will do in a detailed review.
Left - Xiaomi Mi Band 3, right - the new Mi Band 4
Features of the Chinese version
The Chinese version of Xiaomi Mi Band 4, with hieroglyphs in the default menu, was in our hands. In "pure Chinese" without a global firmware, the Russian interface is not in principle. But you can turn on English. To do this, simply install Mi-Fit on your smartphone, enable the English interface there and update the bracelet through the application. And here he is, the language of Shakespeare.
The menu translation is complete, correct and accurate. There are no problems to use. While you can not connect the bracelet to your smartphone or for some time to live with the English interface. An alternative option is to buy the global version.
It, along with the Chinese, is already on sale on AliExpress. "Global" Xiaomi Mi Band 4 costs about $30 - 40.19. Judging by the reviews on the forum, the first buyers have already received track numbers and track their parcels.