For many, long years, if you wanted a minimally intelligent ‘watch’, and you didn’t want to sell a kidney on the black market, there was just one answer… Buy a Mi Band! However, over time, things have changed, and right now, the market is extremely saturated in the field of fitness bands, so even Xiaomi was forced to turn to the ‘Pro’!
Yes, Mi Band became Pro! What does it means? Let’s try to understand.
(Review) Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro: What’s a Pro worth?
Smart Band 7 Pro ao lado do Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm
So, if we’re being completely honest, what separates a smartwatch from a fitness band these days? Currently, there is a very fine line in this field, and of course, the Smart Band 7 Pro (Mi Band 7 Pro) is one of the products that challenges this same line.
We can even say that the Smart Band 7 Pro is a smartwatch disguised as a fitness band, just because it still doesn’t make calls, or allow the installation of apps directly on the watch.
Technical Specifications and Functionalities
Screen: AMOLED 1.64” (280 * 456 – 326ppi) / 500 nits
Bracelet: 22mm / 130~205mm
Drums: 235mAh (7 dias)
Functionalities: 5ATM, Amazon Alexa, Phone Finder, VO2 Max, Heart Rate Monitoring. Notifications, Stress, Sleep, Training, etc…
Sensors: SpO2, Accelerometer (3-axis), PPG
dimensions: 44.7 x 28.8 x 11 mm
The Smart Band 7 Pro just takes the base design of the original product, and puts in a screen that is a little “fatter” and with more space, to display more information. That said, like the original Mi Band 7, the body is completely ugly in hard plastic, with some metal in the mix.
The bracelet is also slightly larger and thicker, to keep up with the screen’s growth.
It’s a simple design, but one that we know works.
Performance and Features
Xiaomi has included all the features of the original product, and of course, some extras. The big news, and in fact, something that users have been asking for in the Mi Band world for many, many years, is the addition of the dual-band GNSS sensor, which in turn supports GPS, QZSS, BeiDou, Galileo and Glonass. That is, you can finally go for a run, or walk, without taking your smartphone with you.
Meanwhile, in the field of sports, we have 110 pre-configured activities, including a kind of personal PT. All workouts that can be stored in the Mi Fitness app, truth be told, it keeps getting better.
Do you make payments and calls?
No, this is where we draw the line between smartwatch and fitness band, and on this Smart Band 7 Pro, we’re still on the ‘band’ side. This product does not have NFC capabilities, nor does it make calls via Bluetooth, something that must be urgently corrected, as it already exists in competitive products. Still, there is a microphone on the watch so you can communicate with the Amazon Alexa smart assistant.
Personalization remains excellent!
Within the Mi Fitness App, we have an extensive list of watchfaces, many of them customizable, that you can download for free, or buy if you want.
The Band 7 Pro is fast and very fluid, maybe even faster and fluid than the ‘old’ Band 7. However, the fact that we don’t have a physical button at our disposal turns out to be unnatural and confusing when using the watch on the everyday.
Still, seeing notifications, changing songs, or accessing menus is all extremely fast and without pauses.
Conclusion – Who is this Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro for?
It’s simple! It’s for anyone who wants a smartwatch but doesn’t want to spend the money for a real smartwatch. Something that still makes sense in 2022.
However, in a world where it is already possible to find several interesting campaigns for the purchase of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, or Huawei’s Watch GT, this Mi Band/Smart Band will have to evolve, and well, in the near future, if you like. keep your legacy alive.