The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is a pretty anticipated fitness tracker, and people have been waiting for a global launch after it was announced in China in early June. However, it seems the international version might have some cool features missing on the original device.
A resource file for the Mi Band 5 has leaked, and image files within suggest Xiaomi is planning to add a few features that the Chinese version of the fitness tracker lacked, as reported by TizenHelp.
We'd take this leak with a pinch of salt, because a picture in a leaked file is a far cry from confirmation about any product features, but it hints that this might be the case.
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One of these is Amazon Alexa connectivity, so you can control your smart home, search the web or set a timer just by using your voice. The Fitbit Versa 2 had the same, and while you couldn't do everything on it you could on your Echo Show, it was still a useful feature.
The leak also suggests the Mi Band 5 will get an Sp02 sensor, which monitors how much oxygen is in your blood. This can be useful for noticing abnormalities, such as sleep apnea, which is indicated by a low blood oxygen saturation. This is becoming a more widespread feature – even the Apple Watch 6 is rumored to get an Sp02 sensor.
Finally, there's more evidence that the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will have NFC, or near-field communication, which is most useful for contactless payments but has a range of other uses too. Typically Mi Band devices have this when they release in China, and the Band 5 did, but when they roll out internationally they lack the feature. This leak suggests the global version will have NFC too.
We don't know when the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is set to roll out worldwide, but when it does, it's shaping up to be a real competitor for the title of best fitness tracker.