The Amazfit Band 5 is a fitness band released in September 2020. Amazfit is a brand from Huami Technology, the exclusive supplier of smart fitness bands for Xiaomi. Huami is one of the largest smart wearable manufacturers in the world, best known for making the Mi Bands.
The Amazfit Band 5 is using a Dialog DA14697 processor. This is a popular processor for fitness bands and can also be found in the Samsung Galaxy Fit and the Mi Band 5. The Amazfit Band 5 and Mi Band 5 are both produced by Huami and are nearly identica. The Amazfit Band 5 comes with a couple of extra features for a small price increase. An SpO2 sensor and a microphone for Alexa support are the incremental features.
This watch is using a proprietary operating system for Huami smartwatches. While there are some available apps on the band itself, the number is minimal and you do not have access to a 3rd party app store such as the Google Play Store.
The Band 5 sticks with the standard slim rectangular band design with a plastic case. The watch is available in black but you can get a green, orange or black band. From a design perspective, the band is not premium but it does looks attractive.
While the Amazfit Band 5 is quite small at 47.2 × 18.5 × 12.4 mm, it is similar to most other fitness bands. The band is not the slimmest with a thickness of 12.4 mm but it only weighs 12g. It is comfortable and can be worn while sleeping.
The Band 5 comes with a 15mm silicone interchangeable strap. The strap is comfortable and quality is acceptable for this low price point.
You can interact with the watch using the touchscreen. At the bottom of the screen is a capacitive home button. The touchscreen works very well with no lag. Fonts, menus and icons can easily be read and navigation is not too complex.
The Mi Band 5 has a 5ATM water resistance rating which allows for swimming and showers. The watch has a swimming mode that allows the screen to be locked. Salt water or chlorine could be problematic so make sure to rinse, wipe and dry the watch after swimming.
The screen of the Amazfit Band 5, while small, looks good. The 1.1″ AMOLED Touchscreen, with 126 x 294 pixels delivers a good-quality visual experience. Indoors the display is excellent while outdoors is decent as well.
Huami does not indicate what screen protection is provided which is disappointing. Since it is not a rugged watch, we expect protection to be limited. That being said given the low price, build quality appears to be good.
Unfortunately, the watch does not have an always on screen option. The watch allows for custom watchfaces which is a nice feature.
The Amazifit Band 5 comes with a 125 mAh battery. Huami claims that typical usage battery life is 15 days and watch mode battery life is 25 days. Real world battery life is typically over 10 days which is good.
From a connectivity perspective, the Amazfit Band 5 has limited functionality when compared to full featured smartwatches. The band can only receive notifications and there is no ability to respond to notifications from the band.
Even setting up these one-way notifications requires manually whitelisting the Zepp app on your phone. Duplicate notifications are another common complaint from owners. Not the most polished notification experience for a smartwatch.
Some users have had success with the 3rd party app ‘Notify and Fitness for Zepp’ to respond to notifications With this app, when a notification comes in, you can open the music control menu, select a pre-written response and press the play button to send. Note that by doing this you will lose the music control capabilities on your smartwatch.
As this is just a basic fitness band, there are a number of features missing that you would normally find on a smartwatch:
- Does not have a speaker or microphone
- Cannot answer or place calls via Bluetooth
- Does not have a camera
- Does not have cellular connectivity
- Does not come with GPS
- Does not have Near Field Communication (NFC), hence you cannot make payments
That being said it does allow for some additional useful features which is impressive for this price range.
Health and Fitness Features
The Band 5 comes with 4 sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), Pulse Oximeter (SpO2). These cover quite a bit of fitness functions and even some health areas. These sensors allow you to track the following 11 metrics: Blood Oxygen Level, Calories, Distance, Fitness Level, Heart Rate, Menstrual Cycle, Sleep, Steps, Stress, Swimming, VO2 Max.
Also included are 11 different sports modes.
Heart rate accuracy at rest, casual activities or steady state runs is relatively accurate. For casual tracking, this may be adequate but could be a concern if you are looking for high tracking accuracy for your sports or fitness goals. However with interval training, short bursts of activity or high intensity training, accuracy is poor. Tattoos, hair, sweat and even skin color are factors that impact accuracy as well.
This is a common problem with nearly all wrist based optical heart rate monitoring. While there are a few exceptions that do a pretty good job on heart rate monitoring, such as the Apple Watch 6, serious trainers should look into a chest strap for best heart rate accuracy.
The Amazfit Band 5 uses the Zepp app, which is decent but not best in class. While the app has a lot of functions and features, it is not the most refined or easy to navigate. You can see how the Zepp app ranks on our Smartwatch Apps Page.
As this watch has just recently been released, there are no common known issues.
Nearly identical to the popular Mi Band 5 but with a blood oxygen sensor and Alexa voice assistant. Nice screen, good battery life and adequate fitness and health functions. Excellent buy overall especially if the price premium over the Mi Band 5 is small in your region.
|Watch Type||Fitness Band|
|Release Date||September 2020|
|Operating System||Proprietary - Amazfit OS|
|Supported Devices||Android 5.0+, iOS 10.0+|
|Case Size||47.2 × 18.5 × 12.4 mm|
|Strap Width||16 mm|
|Water Resistance||5 ATM|
|Screen Type||AMOLED Touchscreen|
|Resolution||126 x 294|
|Pixels per Inch||Not disclosed|
|Typical Usage Battery Life (Days)||15|
|Watch Mode Battery Life (Days)||25|
|GPS Mode Battery Life (Days)||N/A|
|Near Field Communication (NFC)||No|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), Pulse Oximeter (SpO2)|
|Tracking||Blood Oxygen Level, Calories, Distance, Fitness Level, Heart Rate, Menstrual Cycle, Sleep, Steps, Stress, Swimming, VO2 Max|
Alexa voice assistant
Good price for specs
15 day battery life
Good quality screen
Good fitness and sports apps
Cannot respond to notifications, no emoji support
No app store with third-party apps
No NFC or payment capability
Nearly identical to the popular Mi Band 5 but with a blood oxygen sensor and Alexa voice assistant. Nice screen, good battery life and adequate fitness and health functions. Excellent buy overall.
Published: January 26, 2021
Amazfit Band 5 - WatchSmarty
The Amazfit Band 5 is nearly identical to the popular Mi Band 5 but with a blood oxygen sensor and Alexa voice assistant. Excellent buy overall.
Product SKU: Amazfit Band 5
Product Brand: Amazfit
Product Currency: USD
Product Price: 35
Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01
Product In-Stock: InStock