Xiaomi Mi Band 6 vs Huawei Band 6: Which one to buy? | gadgets



Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and Huawei Band 6 are the main fitness wristbands on the market in 2021. Even though they belong to the same category and with similar prices, both products have significant differences, especially in design. Xiaomi’s popular smartband has a pill-shaped AMOLED screen and simple materials, while rival Huawei’s gadget bets on a more sophisticated design, taking inspiration from a smart watch.

Both devices can monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), your workout, your night’s sleep and more. But what is the best option for you right now? I’ve already analyzed Mi Band 6 and Huawei Band 6, and I reveal in this comparison which is the best 2021 smartband for most people.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 vs Huawei Band 6 comparison in video

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design

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

The first big difference between the devices, clearly, is in the design. In the case of Mi Band, “you don’t move in a winning team” and Xiaomi kept the already successful layout, bracelet style, which we already knew from Mi Band 5, 4 and 3. It has a TPU strap that can be easily replaced by third-party models and is water resistant to up to 50 meters deep. The colors available on the market are yellow, orange, blue, olive and ivory.

Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

While one remains conservative, the other preferred to go a long way. The Huawei Band 6 has a smartwatch-like design, reminiscent of the Huawei Watch Fit watch. It has a silicone wristband with UV treatment so it doesn’t irritate the skin and the same water resistance up to 5 ATM. Available colors for the Huawei Band 6 are graphite black, green, orange and pink.

Because it is inspired by smart watches, the Huawei Band 6 wins in the design category.

Screen

Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

As for the screen, the Mi Band 6 is now 1.56 inches, bigger than the Huawei Band 6, which is 1.47 inches. Still, the rectangular (and wider) size of Huawei’s smartband favors displaying more features and information. Both gadgets have AMOLED panel and resolution 486 x 152 pixels on Xiaomi bracelet and 368 x 194 pixels on Band 6 from Huawei.

Taking into consideration the category of the devices, I can say that the two don’t disappoint in the quality of the display. The screen brightness is strong, the view in sunlight is decent, and I can quickly access other screens thanks to the “widgets” on the dials. But it’s impossible not to recognize that Huawei Band 6 wins here for delivering an experience closer to smartwatches.

On screen, it’s time for Huawei Band 6.

fitness tracking

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

In the fitness tracking part, the Mi Band 6 has advanced, delivering 30 training modes. However, the Huawei bracelet goes even further, offering 96 exercise modes. On both devices you’ll find options such as indoor and outdoor running, cycling, swimming, rowing, elliptical, yoga, badminton and pilates. The two devices are able to detect training automatically: the Mi Band 6 identifies walking, running, cycling, elliptical and rowing; the Huawei Band 6 sees all of these except cycling.

As usual, they don’t have a built-in GPS, but you can record your walking, running, or cycling routes through the app linked to your phone’s GPS.

In fitness tracking, the Huawei Band 6 scores points for delivering more options.

health resources

Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

In health monitoring, gadgets offer the same features. Mi Band 6 and Huawei Band 6 can monitor heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, sleep quality, stress level and menstrual cycle. All data extracted by the wristbands are automatically stored in the official apps: on Xiaomi, Mi Fit, and on Huawei, Huawei Health. In addition, you can send this information to Google Fit or Apple Health.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

I tested the main features and performance was satisfactory on both products. On Huawei Band 6, however, at times, the BPM monitor showed inaccurate numbers compared to other smartbands and smartwatches, but nothing glaring. In this topic, the Mi Band 6 gets the better of an extra feature: Personal Activity Intelligence (or PAI): An algorithm analyzes various health and exercise data, resulting in a fitness score.

Reliability and PAI make Mi Band 6 earn health points. Still, Huawei’s gadget isn’t far behind.

smartwatch features

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

In smartwatch features, Mi Band 6 can mirror cell phone notifications, reject phone calls, control tracks on music streaming platforms, and take pictures with the cell phone via a remote shutter on the fitness bracelet. Huawei Band 6 also delivers all these features, but most are only supported on Android devices and iPhone users are more restricted. On the other hand, in Mi Band 6, all features work very well on Apple devices.

Unfortunately, none of them have NFC, for on-the-fly payments, nor a virtual assistant. Also regarding notifications, only Mi Band 6 supports emoji display. By showing good integration between operating systems, Xiaomi wins in smartwatch features.

Point for Mi Band 6.

Drums

Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

Finally, in terms of battery, Huawei promises up to 14 days of use or 10 days with all features activated. Xiaomi also promises similar autonomy, which can reach 14 days if the person does not demand as much from the device. However, in my tests, Huawei Band 6 performed better. Displaying notifications and monitoring heart rate, SpO2, stress level, sleep and training, the battery lasted exactly 10 days.

In this same scenario, Mi Band 6 lasted only six days. I even noticed that Huawei Band can efficiently drain the battery; in many situations I couldn’t even remember the last time I plugged the gadget in.

Point for Huawei Band 6.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 vs Huawei Band 6: Which one to buy?

Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Huawei Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

And the score was like this: 4 points for Huawei Band 6 and 2 points for Xiaomi Mi Band 6. With that, we conclude that, currently, Huawei Band 6 is the best smartband on the market for most people. She wins by delivering a new design; for the quality screen that resembles that of smart watches; fitness tracking with almost 100 training modes is a big difference over the competitor; and autonomy is excellent, delivering what it promises.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

Although it has only gained prominence for its health and smartwatch features, the Mi Band 6 is not far behind, after all this is the main fitness bracelet on the market and has its audience. Also note that it did very well on the main points of a smartband, which says a lot. In conclusion, for those looking for something more discreet and that talks well with the iOS system, Mi Band 6 is the best option. If you, however, want a device with a more current design and good integration with Android, Huawei Band 6 is the right investment.

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