Redmi Smart Band Pro review: Best budget fitness tracker?

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Xiaomi launched the Redmi Smart Band Pro alongside the Redmi Note 11 and Redmi Note 11S. From its name, it is clearly positioned as more efficient than the Redmi Smart Band. The new Redmi Smart Band Pro brings many requested features, such as an AMOLED display, SpO2 and stress tracking, and the ability to track multiple types of workouts. With the improved feature list, the price has also increased, but only a little. Does the Redmi Smart Band Pro still offer good value for money? I put this fitness tracker to the test to find out.

Redmi Smart Band Pro Price in India

The Redmi Smart Band Pro is priced at Rs. 3,999 in India, but the company has announced a limited time offer price of Rs 3,499. The Redmi Smart Band Pro will go on sale at 12 noon on February 14.

The Redmi Smart Band Pro is light and barely noticeable on the wrist

Redmi Smart Band Pro design

The Redmi Smart Band Pro has a rectangular polycarbonate body that houses a 1.47-inch AMOLED display. This panel is large enough to easily read text without having to squint. It also has an always-on mode and an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust its brightness. The Smart Band Pro has no buttons and navigation is pure touch. You get TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) straps that are curved, similar to the Mi Band 6 (Review). These straps have a proprietary connector, making them easy to remove without the need for additional tools. However, those looking for alternative third parties might find it difficult to find them in the market.

The underside of the Redmi Smart Band Pro has all the health sensors placed in a pill-shaped bump. There are also contact pins which are used to charge the Smart Band Pro. The included charger has magnets, making it easy to plug this fitness band in for charging.

I found the Redmi Smart Band Pro to be super light at just 25.5g. I barely noticed it on my wrist and also wore it to bed without any issues. The Smart Band Pro contains a 200 mAh battery and is 5 ATM waterproof.

Redmi Smart Band Pro software and features

The Redmi Smart Band Pro can be paired with Android and iOS smartphones using the Xiaomi Wear and Xiaomi Wear Lite apps, respectively. The pairing process is simple and requires a Mi Account. Once paired, either app can also be used to change certain Smart Band Pro settings. The apps support multiple Mi and Redmi wearable devices and are very easy to use. The band syncs with the app on your phone, after which it is able to show different parameters. You can also change the watch faces on the Redmi Smart Band Pro using the app. There are more than 50 watch faces to choose from and you can also set a photo from your phone’s gallery as your face.

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The underside of the Smart Band Pro has all the health sensors

Powered by the Ambiq Apollo 3.5 SoC, the Redmi Smart Band Pro runs on custom software. It has Bluetooth 5 LE for connectivity. Unfortunately, GPS is missing, so it has to rely on your connected smartphone for positioning. The Redmi Smart Band Pro can pull notifications from your smartphone and notify you of incoming calls.

You can track nearly 110 different types of workouts, including 14 aquatic fitness exercises on the Redmi Smart Band Pro. Commonly used ones such as walking, running, cycling, HIIT, trekking and swimming can be activated on the fitness bracelet immediately. You can modify the list of available programs according to your training regimen. The Redmi Smart Band Pro can automatically detect certain activities such as running, walking and using a treadmill. Apart from that, the Redmi Smart Band Pro can also track heart rate, SpO2, sleep, stress, and menstrual cycles. The band is able to continuously track the wearer’s heart rate, as well as SpO2 levels while you sleep, but these features are disabled by default to save power.

The Redmi Smart Band Pro has a very simple user interface. You can swipe right from the home screen to access quick toggles, and swipe left to access widgets for heart rate, SpO2, weather, workouts, and fitness stats. Swiping down from the top lets you see your paired smartphone’s unread notifications, and swiping up from the bottom shows you all of the Smart Band Pro’s functions.

Redmi Smart Band Pro performance and battery life

I used the Redmi Smart Band Pro for a week and found it comfortable to wear at all times. The screen was viewable outdoors, but I found it too bright when sitting in a dark room, even with the auto-brightness adjustment turned on. While the interface was very easy to use, it didn’t feel too smooth at first, especially when scrolling. During the review period, a software update (1.1.127) resolved this issue. The Smart Band Pro’s wake-up function calibrated well and the screen always turned on when I raised my wrist. It was just as quick to explode when I put my hand down.

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You can track your SpO2 level on the Smart Band Pro

I had to manually enable automatic heart rate and SpO2 tracking, as well as app notifications and advanced sleep tracking metrics, using the app. I set the Redmi Smart Band Pro to measure my heart rate at one minute intervals and SpO2 every 30 minutes while I slept. I also enabled alerts for resting and active heart rates, and set the band to vibrate for incoming notifications.

When it comes to fitness tracking, I was happy with the accuracy of the Redmi Smart Band Pro. I used an Apple Watch Series 7 (Review) for comparison and found the heart rate measurement to be within the same range. Monitoring my heart rate periodically had a negative impact on battery life (more on that later), but resulted in more useful stats. The sleep tracking was accurate and the band gave me a full breakdown of my sleep pattern. I turned on SpO2 tracking while I slept, and the device did. I took readings manually during the day and noticed that it was in the same range as what a medical grade pulse oximeter reported.

I used the Redmi Smart Band Pro to track my evening walks. Since it doesn’t have built-in GPS, it relies on the paired smartphone for accuracy. Without GPS, the Redmi Smart Band Pro underreported distance, measuring 0.96km for the actual 1km I ran. With a paired smartphone in my pocket, the group fared better, measuring 1.02 km for the same distance.

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The Xiaomi Wear app displays health metrics on your paired smartphone

It is also able to auto-detect workouts for three specific workouts, as I mentioned before. The Redmi Smart Band Pro prompted me to track my walk within a minute of starting the activity. It measured 1,002 steps per 1,000 counted steps, and that error rate is acceptable considering the price of this fitness band.

Battery life was decent considering the small 200mAh battery, but that really depends on how you use your Redmi Smart Band Pro, so your experience will vary. I had enabled always-on display, set the heart rate tracking interval to one minute and the SpO2 tracking interval to 30 minutes while sleeping, and used the advanced sleep tracking option. App notifications were also enabled and the Smart Band Pro was used to track daily outdoor walks.

With such heavy use, the Fitness Band lasted four and a half days, just short of Xiaomi’s fourteen-day battery claim, which might be possible with light use. With a few compromises, you should easily be able to last over a week on a single charge. The included magnetic charger clipped onto the wristband quite easily and managed to recharge the battery in less than an hour and a half.

Verdict

When I reviewed the Redmi Watch (Review) last year, I found it to be a capable device, but one of the main drawbacks was its lack of SpO2 tracking. Xiaomi has solved this problem with the Redmi Smart Band Pro. Compared to the Redmi Watch, the Redmi Smart Band Pro only lacks GPS functionality. If you’re used to taking your smartphone with you on your walks, the Redmi Smart Band Pro should still be able to track them accurately.

The Redmi Smart Band Pro packs all the features one would expect from a fitness band and has been launched at a good price. It will appeal to those who want a larger screen than the Mi Band 6 (Review) which is also a cheaper option and will suit those who want a slimmer profile on the wrist. The Honor Band 6 is a direct competitor to the Smart Band Pro and offers a similar feature set at the same price point.

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