Xiaomi Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band – Best Fitness Tracker in India

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When it comes to money, we must understand that “Health is Wealth,” and if your fitness is better, you can archive any dream goals. To stay on the fitness track, we have to use gadgets to record all our fitness activities and required continuous progress to fulfill our dreams.

How can you track our fitness activities? Here come the fitness bands like a SmartWatch like Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band. Many companies are only focusing on fitness bands and such bands are

smartwatches made by branded companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Fitbit, Apple Watch, Realme, Boat, Noise, etc.

Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band
Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band

For the best fitness band under 3000 rupees in India is Mi Band 5 and OnePlus Band. You can also read the article regarding the Mi band 5 vs Honor Band 5 which I have compared about the features, compatibility, pros and cons, and verdict. However, this content we are talking about Mi band 5 vs OnePlus Fitness Band.


OnePlus Band Review
OnePlus Band Review

OnePlus has just introduced its first Fitness Band launched exclusively in India at the price tag of Rs2,499 in Amazon India. The Oneplus Band is designed the same as Xiaomi Mi band 5, and it is now becoming the top competitor after Honor fitness Band. Let’s start defining their fitness band of two major brands, which are step up in the ring.

Comparison Table of OnePlus Band vs Mi Band 5

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Overview of Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band

Let me overview some information about the fitness band of Mi Smart band 5 and the OnePlus Health Band.


Xiaomi has released a couple of smart bands in the Mi band series, like Mi band 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The Indian version also had released Mi HRX Edition without a heart rate monitoring feature, and now it is discontinued.

OnePlus Band vs Mi Band 5
OnePlus Band vs Mi Band 5

OnePlus is the successful brand of Mobiles, whether it is Oneplus 7 and 8, and now they step up to the fitness bands in India, however, after covid19 pandemic fitness bands and smart watch are a kind popular now, and that is companies are launching fitness bands across the World.


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The Competition between the OnePlus and Xiaomi is going to be like Android vs. iOS. Both the companies are going to give their best in performance and pricing. All eyes will be on fitness bands features like Heart Rate Monitor, activity tracking function, battery life, blood oxygen level, sleep tracking, accurate measurement of steps, and calories.


Mi band 5 review
Mi band 5 review

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band series has a long history, the one which I bought is Mi Band 3, the forum community across the globe is huge, plus third-party plugins and themes give mi band more in features pack. OnePlus band India brand is going to set up, which required more potential to grow the community.

Specification of Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band

Xiaomi Mi band 5

mi band 5 vs oneplus band
mi band 5
  • Display: 2.97 cm(1.1″) AMOLED, 126 x 294 resolution, Scratch resistance coating
  • Battery: up to 14 days, 125 mAh, Magnetic Charging
  • Sensors: Heart Rate monitor, Gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
  • Protection: IP68 dust and water resistant
  • Compatibility: Android 6 and above, iOS
  • Other Features: Notification, Music, Stopwatch, Alarm, Camera Shutter, Weather
  • App: Mi Fit [Download]

OnePlus Band

OnePlus Band
OnePlus Band
  • Display: 2.97 cm(1.1″) AMOLED, 126 x 294 resolution, Scratch resistance coating
  • Battery: up to 14 days, 100 mAh, Wired Charging dongle, USB Type-A
  • Sensors: Heart Rate, SpO2, Gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
  • Protection: IP68 dust and water-resistant
  • Compatibility: Android 6 and above, iOS
  • Other Features: Notification, Music, Stopwatch, Alarm, Camera Shutter, Weather
  • App: OnePlus Health App [Download]

Features of Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band

Let us talk about first the Mi Smart Band 5 and then the OnePlus band India features separately.



Mi Band 5 Display

Xiaomi mi band 5 has a colorful AMOLED touch and a capsule shape display. The display has vivid and oversaturated colors. The Mi band 5 display brightness is pretty much bright, and I have no issues reading the display in sunlight. You can adjust the brightness on the mi band itself, which doesn’t require the mi fit app. You can set the custom wallpaper, which is known as Watch Face. Mi smart Band 5 doesn’t have an always-on display, but you can turn your wrist to raise the detections to light up their screens.

Both the bands are water resistant

oneplus band
Credit: Gadgets360

The OnePlus band also has an AMOLED touch color display. The brighter color which can be read easily on sunlight, brightness adjustment on health band itself. You can also change the watch faces with prebuilt available in-app or create your own one. In comparison to Mi smart band 5, the best part here is the wrist display, not like Mi smart band in which we need to wrist the hand to light up the screen. In OnePlus, you only have to wrist an inch to light up.

Battery and Charging:

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 comes up to 14 days of battery life. The best thing I like is the Magnetic charging adapter. Only remove the Mi band from your wrist and charge it through a magnetic charger. This way, it won’t break the band by removing the capsule, which sometimes hard enough. In Mi Band 3, I already break my strap by removing it from the band.

mi band 5 charging
mi band 5 charging

Battery life all depends on the settings which you choose to like. The most consumption feature is continuous heart rate monitoring, which uses algorithms in PAI. This feature will give up to 14 days of battery life, and without this feature, it gives more than 20 days of battery life for sure. The Mi band 5 charges fast and easy, which usually takes 1 hour to complete 100% charged.

mi band 5 magnetic charger
mi band 5 magnetic charger

Magnetic Charging is the best option without removing whole band.

The OnePlus Band also guarantees up to 14 days of battery life, which as a wired charging dongle not like an easy peasy Mi band 5 magnetic chargers. You have to remove the tracker from the strap to do the charging, which is serious. I am not a fan of such a feature at all. Some cheap Chinese fitness band has so tough way to remove the strap which breaks the tracker itself.

oneplus band charger
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The battery life also depends on continuous heart rate monitoring and blood oxygen spo2, a high power consumption feature in all fitness smart bands. The Charging time is also around 1 hour for up to 100% charged.

Heart Rate Sensor:

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 comes with a major sensor like a Heart Rate monitor only. The heart rate sensor can be adjustable through the Mi Fit app according to the features. The Mi Band 5 heart rate sensor’s accuracy is somewhere between 90-95%, and this is my experience with it. The PAI(personal activity intelligence, pai) feature is meant to allow continuous heart rate monitoring, which can be disabled on the Mi fit app. In comparison to Mi Band 4, the heart sensor is quite fast and gives real-time stats.

mi band 5 heart rate sensor
mi band 5 heart rate sensor

You use the third-party apps to see heart rate monitor, which gives more data and features. Mi Smart Band 5 has some new features comparison to Mi Smart Band 4, like Breathing Excercise, Stress Monitoring, REM(rapid eye movement) and some new 11 sports modes like Yoga, Rowing Machine, indoor cycling, women’s health, pool swimming, outdoor running, and jump rope.


Using all these features also drain android battery life

The OnePlus Band has a Heart rate sensor as well as continuous blood oxygen saturation monitoring. While the Mi smart band 5 doesn’t have the SpO2 feature, which is required these days and every fitness band in India now has SpO2 enabled, which can be configured through the app. The heart rate and SpO2 sensor in the OnePlus Band is 95-99%, quite similar to Mi Band 5.

OnePlus Heart Sensor SPO2
OnePlus Heart Sensor SPO2

SpO2 works very well while you are sleeping. It keeps running behind to collect the data of your oxygen level. OnePlus Band has two sensors like Heart rate and SpO2. As we have discussed, the red light indicates the SpO2 measurement, and a green light indicates heart rate monitoring.

Sleep Tracking and Steps Count of Mi Band 5 vs OnePlus Band

The Xiaomi Mi band 5 has a sleep tracking feature that allows you to track your sleep habits, light or deep sleep, REM(Rapid Eye Movement), Time Awake, and Naps. These are the features of sleep tracking in Mi Band 5, which is really helpful and accurate. I tested this personally when I woke up in the middle of the night, I see my watch for the time, and in the morning, when I see the stats, the exact awake time shows in-app. I am not sure how REM and Naps works.


Steps count is also 95-98% accurate, and sometimes I don’t know what happened. It countless when I walk and count manually. I usually use a third-party plugin to get more data about my steps and calories.

Both the band doesn’t have GPS, have to use mobile location.

The OnePlus Band also has a sleep tracking feature, including light, deep, and REM sleep data. Moreover, with the SpO2 feature, it can also measure blood oxygen levels over the time of sleep. Compared to a pulse oximeter, the difference is not much. However, still, you should not consider these values are exact. They are just approximate results.

Watch Faces and Sports Modes of Mi band 5 vs OnePlus Band.

In Mi Smart Band 5, there are many prebuilt watch faces in the Mi Fit app and can be customizable the wallpaper, clocks, and layout from the app. You can install multiple watch faces at a time, and these watch faces are first introduced in Mi smart band 4, and then later, this applied to mi band 5. To get more customization options and some best watch faces, you can install the third-party watch faces app from the play store.

There is a total 11 sports workout mode in the band, and some new sports mode has been added:

  • Yoga mode new
  • Rowing Machine new
  • Elliptical new
  • Treadmill
  • Power Walking
  • Outdoor Running
  • Outdoor Cycling
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Pool Swimming
  • Jump Rope Mode
  • Freestyle Workout new

All these workout modes work by connecting Bluetooth and location to Mi Fit App, not GPS is not available in the Mi Band series.

The Breathing Exercises is also a new feature added which is very useful on pandemic days. You can set the timer up to 5 minutes and start breathing according to the band instructions mentioned in the mi band 5 display area. The Stress Monitoring features work by checking the heart rate, and it only measures when the person is still, it indicated the band’s measurement. Note, don’t take it much seriously until and unless you get overstressed.

On the other hand, the OnePlus Band also comes with prebuilt watch faces. You can store up to 5 watchfaces at a time, and these watchfaces can be installed through the OnePlus Health App. Because, onePlus band is new, there are no third-party plugins out there, but more features and watches will be introduced in the upcoming days.

There is a total of 13 exercise modes in the band like:

  • Yoga mode
  • Cricket
  • Fat Burn Running
  • Outdoor Running
  • Indoor Running
  • Outdoor Walk
  • Badminton
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Rowing Machine
  • Elliptical Trainer
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Outdoor Cycling

The same as Mi Smart Band 5, the onePlus band doesn’t have GPS, and it required location and Bluetooth should be connected to use these workout modes. It also has breathing exercises.

The rest of the features are common in both the band like Music Playback, Countdown time, Weather, phone notifications, events, Alarm, DND(Do Not Disturb), Camera, etc.

Both the Mi band 5 and OnePlus Band straps are made in silicon, and both come in black by default. You can buy a more colorful strap from Amazon. OnePlus band straps also have a dual-color, which looks more vibrant. All these straps are comfortable and can be worn the whole day without having a rash or allergy problem.



Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 is the king in this affordable fitness band. In contrast, the OnePlus band is yet launched in India exclusively, which required more feedback and reviews from the users to see how the OnePlus band is actually working and how it gets support and updates. Except for the SpO2 feature in the OnePlus fitness band, the rest is the same features available in Mi smart band, and the pricing is also the same.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the OnePlus Band worth buying?

OnePlus Band is the rebrand of Oppo band, they added the SpO2 feature like any other smart band launched recently. If you don’t care about such a feature, then either stay or buy Xiaomi Mi Band 5 which is worth buying.

Is the OnePlus Band better than the Xiaomi Mi Band 5?

No, OnePlus band is yet launched and required updates, support, community and third-party apps which makes this band a real competitor of Mi Band 5.

Can I use a OnePlus Band without the phone?

OnePlus band doesn’t come with a GPS feature which required to track your workout. You have to enabled location and Bluetooth of the OnePlus Health App in order to use the features. For normal use, you can use the band without phone.

Is the OnePlus Band compatible with iPhones

At the time of launch, they didn’t make the OnePlus Health app for iPhones or iPad and there is no information when they launching it.

Where can I download the Watch Faces for OnePlus Band?

So far, there is only the option to change the Watch Faces in the OnePlus Health App. No third-party apps yet launched the watch faces.

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