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Differences between Honor Band 4 and 5The differences between the two fitness trackers are also the novelties of Honor Band 5. The time gap is relatively small, so it's not surprising that the differences aren't enormous.
The manufacturer probably launched Honor Band 5 as a direct competitor to Mi Band 4*. In the comparison between Honor Band 4 and Mi Band 4 the Fitness Tracker of Xiaomi was still ahead.
Waterproof and swimmingBoth Honor Band 4 and Honor Band 5 are waterproof with 5ATM. So they can be used up to 50 meters in water. Thus the devices are also suitable for swimming. However the Honor Band 5 got some upgrades and offers a better recording.
The SWOLF Index is a noteworthy measurement. This is used to measure the efficiency of a swimming unit. The type of swimming technique as well as strokes during swimming are recorded. Until now, a Garmin had to be used for such a distinctive function. However, I am sure that Garmin is still doing a better job here. Nevertheless, this is a strong thing for the low price.
SpO2 - oxygen detectThe big novelty in the Honor Band 5 is the measurement of the oxygen content in the blood. The SpO2 sensor is used for this purpose. With this function Honor Band 5 stands out from Mi Band 4.
Similarities of the fitness trackersLet's briefly go into a few similarities between the two devices, which could lead to questions.
Display, size and weightOptically the fourth and fifth generation of the Honor Band hardly differ. The displays are identical in size with 0.95". Both also have a color display. The weight of the two devices also differs only slightly and is around 23 grams. The Honor Band 5 has no optical advantage.
Battery lifeWe could have expected a longer battery life, but that's not the case. This is also one of the major differences to the Mi Band.
Furthermore, the battery life is about 14 days. Thus both Fitness Trackers have the same battery life. Of course, the exact battery life also depends on the use of the device.
GPSThe GPS has not changed either. Furthermore the Honor Band can only use the GPS connection of the smartphone. It is not possible to record directly via the Fitness Tracker, because no GPS is installed.
NFCBoth fitness trackers have NFC built in. This can also be used, but only in China. This is already known from the Mi Band of Xiaomi. In Europe or the USA it is not possible to pay. Also access controls go with the Honor Band only in China. Whereby there are the access controls generally still hardly in Europe or the USA. Compared to the Honor Band 4, the Honor Band 5 has generally got a bit more upgrades here. But for most of us it's quite irrelevant.
Which Honor Band is better?Let's come to the first crucial question: Honor Band 4 or 5, which is better? From my point of view the fitness trackers are relatively equal. Only two special differences are worth mentioning. These are better recording of swimming units and measuring the oxygen content.
If you are not a swimmer you only have one relevant function. The measurement of the oxygen content is of course a nice thing. But the Honor Band 5* also costs twice the price. Even if this will probably still fall.
In general you are also well served with the Honor Band 4*. If you are willing to spend a few more Euros, then the Honor Band is a little bit better. But the price is a good bit more expensive.