Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review, The Most Anticipated Band For Xiaomi Users with Better Display, NFC & Waterproof


After numerous leaks on the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 in recent weeks, the Fitness Bracelet was officially unveiled on 31st May. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is a remake of Mi Band 2, which now features a larger display, improved usability, stronger water protection and a new design. In 2014, Xiaomi announced its first generation Mi Band exercise band. 

This band was able to provide some common features in products of this type, such as the pedometer and the alarm, although it was priced at 79 yuan, which was an unprecedented amount for a product of this type. Two years later, in 2016, the company arrived with the Mi Band 2, which came with a built-in 0.42-inch screen, many improved features and a price of 149 yuan. Thanks to this, we could see that Xiaomi updates its line of smart bands every two years.


Well, from what you can see, the package in which the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes is standard, and being totally honest, there are not many things that we can talk about regarding its packaging. Having said that, we will be doing a revision of the black color variant of this band, which comes with a user manual and its respective charger cable. On the back, you can find all the important information about this band of exercises, in addition to its manufacturer.


The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes with a larger screen compared to the second generation model. It is presented to users with a 0.78-inch PMOLED screen that is capable of displaying more than 24 characters (Chinese) at a time and has a pixel density of 193ppi. As far as you can see, this is the smartest custom PPI display band highest in the market today. In addition to updating the screen, the chip that is in the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 has also been updated. Even if it has a bigger and brighter screen, this product can still maintain the same battery life that could be seen in the last Mi Band 2, so its update will be accepted in a great way. At the same time, our protagonist today comes with 5ATM straps that are water resistant, protecting the band even when submerged to a depth of up to 50 meters. Therefore, unlike its predecessors, this can be used when swimming and diving, when in the shower or wherever you want.

The UV100 coating process was applied to the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, and also has an anti-fingerprint coating to increase the wear resistance of its surface. On the other hand, the Mi Band 3 is divided into two versions: one is the standard version, while the second is the NFC version. As its name suggests, compared to the standard version, the NFC version comes with an NFC chip, which is suitable for the type of actions it performs. Finally, this product continues with the high and constant relationship between quality and price that Xiaomi products have, reaching the Chinese market with a price of 169 yuan.


The body of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is available in a single color option, and it is black. However, there are three bands provided for replacement: one in the color graphite black, one in the color orange thermal and the last in the color dark blue. The main body has become brighter, using a design similar to a liquid, it is also more rounded, tending to an elliptical shape. Thanks to that, we have the feeling that the information is shown through a drop of water.

As we said, it has a larger capacitive touch screen of 0.78 inches with a resolution of 128 x 80 pixels. In the lower part of this, there is a button that although you can not press, it will allow the user to interact with the smart band by simple touches.

What should be noted about the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is that due to some frequency problems when updating the screen, it may blink for a moment, which is totally normal. It weighs around 8.5 grams, so it will be able to be used all day without any discomfort.

The load connectors are on the bottom. Compared to the traditional USB interface, the charging method eliminates the inconveniences caused by the connection and disconnection and also saves valuable internal space. The heart rate sensor is on the back, as usual.

The strap of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 uses a type of bite of synthetic double color, reason why it offers a great firmness and security after being buckled. In addition, it has passed the ISO-10993-5 / 10 biocompatibility certification and the European RoHS environmental certification and also provides a comfortable tactile sensation. To prevent the main body from slipping out of place, the inner lining of the band and the outer ring adopt a bi-color occlusal technology. Finally, this band has a total of 12 length settings that can cover most types of wrist users.


The improved functionality is the second selling point of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3. The first striking features compared to the second generation model are the ability to find the phone to which it is connected, lock the product screen and adjust the climate settings.

Another new feature is the memo type reminder. Once reminders are set for this or that event, the Mi Band 3 will remember it even if the phone is far away from the user. One of the most important updates with this new version of Xiaomi bands is the addition of sports functions that make it possible to use the bracelet when performing exercises independently, which is very convenient.

Once the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is connected to a phone, the sports mode is activated and, therefore, it will automatically enter the mobile interface and show the time and mileage synchronously with the smartphone. By pressing the button for a long time, the sports time can be closed synchronously and the band can be controlled to disconnect the phone. In addition to all this, the Mi Band 3 has a built-in 3-axis accelerometer, which is compatible with Android 5.0 and iOS 9 and later versions.

Connectivity & Battery

If you believe that the screen is too small to see and operate, there is the possibility of opening the applications that are needed on your phone to see data in more detail. Also, this band has been updated in terms of heart rate control; During the exercise, if the heart rate is too fast and exceeds the set number, the wristband will vibrate to alert the user of what is happening. In the Mi Band 2, you can use the phone to find the portable device, while the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 can now find the phone.

This new band comes with a built-in 110mAh battery, which is a real progress compared to the 70mAh battery that was found in the previous Mi Band 2. Although the screen has become larger, the duration is not affected because the capacity of the battery has also been improved. When we tested the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, the remaining power was 51 %, and after three days, it was reduced to only 36 %. Therefore, it consumes 5% per day. In this sense, the official information of a 20-day use is real. We also tested the loading process. It reaches a load percentage of 16% in 12 minutes. Therefore, the Mi Band 3 can be fully charged in 75 minutes.


The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 may have been outside the definition of the smart band because, in the traditional definition, a band is not equipped with a screen, because only smartwatches are equipped with the content of the screen. However, there is a tendency to make portable devices easier to use and more convenient, so we can say that the screen is one of the most important updates that the Mi Band 3 has. In short, a screen Larger provides more functions and better use.

On the other hand, it is compatible with a special function that begins to be used automatically at the moment of awakening: the only thing that the user has to do is raise his wrist, and the band will give information such as the day, time or weather.

Well, we have already talked about all the features that this new band of exercises brings, so we can dare to say that, in just two years, this Chinese manufacturer has managed to bring a bigger screen, an impressive classification to test of water, more functions, an improved appearance and keeping the price quite accessible .

Where can you buy?

In case you are interested in buy the great Xiaomi Mi Band 3, here at iGeekPhone we have the solution. This great device can be obtained in the online store of Geekbuying for a price of only $49.99, although at the moment it is only in pre-sale. But you can use coupon code: XIAOMIBAND3 to grab one at only $44.99.


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