Over the years, fitness trackers and wearables have matured has a lot. These days almost everyone is looking for a fitness tracker with a budget of under Rs 5,000. In India, there are a lot of options available with the likes of Xiaomi, Honor, Amazfit, and more.
OnePlus also made its entry into the wearable space this year with the launch of the OnePlus Band. The budget fitness trackers have become an accessory for youngsters, fitness enthusiasts, and it also doubles up as a smart accessory to own or gift.
The current generation fitness trackers offer more than just tracking your exercise. It can measure sleep quality, heart rate, and even show notifications from your phone. We have also included some wearables that come with SpO2 monitors, which has become a useful functionality to have on your wrist.
There are several high-quality budget fitness trackers under Rs 5,000 available in India currently which offers value for money. The list is led by Xiaomi's Mi Band 5 followed by offering from Honor, Redmi, Samsung, and Amazfit.
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Xiaomi latest Mi Smart Band 5 continues to offer a robust set of features at an affordable price just like it has done with all the fitness trackers to date. It sports a better, more vibrant colour display, improved fitness tracking and a minimalistic interface. With Mi Band 5, Xiaomi brings meaningful upgrades like a magnetic charger which snaps to the back of the band. The Mi Band 5 packs in a 1.1-inch AMOLED colour display with 126 x 294 resolution, and gets brighter at 450 nits.
You can choose from over 100 watch faces or create your own. It is a great display that will serve you well in all lighting conditions. It also has a 5ATM waterproof rating, which makes it suitable for gym use. It’s compatible with Android phones and iPhones and brings features like the ability to view phone notifications, view weather forecasts, control music playback on your phone and taking smartphone photos remotely. Bottom line: it crams in a lot. It can track 11 sports mode and there are the usual heart rate sensor and sleep tracker.
Probably the best fitness tracker in a smartwatch you can get under Rs 5,000, the Amazfit Bip U Pro ticks every box. It has a good display, over 60 sports tracking modes, and a built-in GPS tracker. The 1.43-inch LCD colour display is bright enough to be clearly readable even on sunny days.
You also get plenty of health-related features and support for Alexa, which has limited functionality but can come in handy when it works. The core experience is still similar to the previous Amazfit wearables and the Bip U Pro is arguably the best in its price bracket. You also get a bunch of health-related features with the inclusion of heart rate, SpO2, sleep, breathing tracking, and much more.
Read our Amazfit Bip U Pro review
The Honor Band 6 is the successor to the Honor Band 5 with some big changes and improvements. In a way, the Honor Band 6 has the same design DNA as the Honor Watch ES. The Honor Band 6 features a 1.47-inch AMOLED display which makes it pretty attractive. Most fitness bands have a tiny screen.
Further, the Honor Band 6 is packed with a Spo2 monitor to measure blood-oxygen levels, a 24/7 heart rate monitor and the wearable can track up to 10 sports modes. In terms of health-related features, you get the health-related features to include Sleep tracking with the TruSleep algorithm that offers detailed data of sleep durations, stages, sleep suggestions, and more insights. There is also female cycle tracking on board.
The Honor Band 6 is rated to last up to 14 days on a single charge with typical usage and 10 days with heavy usage. As for the smart features, you get the usual media control, weather updates, calendar events, alarms, remote camera shutter, find my phone, and notifications from the phone.
Read our Honor Band 6 review
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The Oppo Band is Oppo’s first attempt in the budget fitness tracker segment and it almost comes close to being a perfect one. The star of the show is the AMOLED display, a dozen sports modes, and also the SpO2 monitor that actually works. However, it is priced slightly higher than the competition and the battery life is only average.
The heart rate and sleep trackers are also pretty accurate. One thing that surprised us was the SpO2 monitor which actually works without any hassle. The SpO2 monitor is capable of tracking all-day blood oxygen level and it actually works 9 out of 10 times.
Apart from the fitness features, there’s the usual slew of smart features for a band that includes notifications mirroring, music control, silent/reject calls, and camera shutter. The Oppo Band is also capable of tracking swimming thanks to the 5ATM water-resistant rating. As a bonus, you also get a free additional strap in the box.
Read our Oppo Band Style review
Samsung’s second-gen Fit wearable tracker comes with improved battery life, AMOLED touchscreen display, and has support for over 90 workout mode. It also brings features like hand wash reminder which is pretty handy in the current times. As for the display, the Galaxy Fit 2 comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen with a peak brightness of 450 nits which means readability won't be an issue.
On top of that, you also get 70 downloadable watch faces to personalize the function and look of the fitness tracker. There is also a function key at the chin of the tracker which can be used to wake up, go home and cancel function. The fitness tracker also offers a few preset replies to notifications and setting up of 12 dedicated widgets at a time. On the battery front, the Fit 2 can last up to 15 days on a single charge.
Check out Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 on Amazon
Expanding the product portfolio, Redmi entered the fitness wearable market recently with its Redmi Smart Band. The Redmi Smart Band offers a comfortable fit and there is a solid colour LCD screen with a fairly big 1.08-inch screen size. It supports touch and gesture support with a capacitive button. The touch response is not so great but will get the job done more often than not.
The heart rate tracking and sleep tracking metrics were pretty accurate too. You can also get notifications on the Band from multiple apps. The Redmi Smart Band gets the basics right - steps, sleep, heart rate, and even basic notifications. It looks pretty stylish too. It lives up to the expectations, and the price tag of Rs 1,599 is the icing on the cake.
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Best fitness trackers under Rs 5,000 in India
- Mi Smart Band 5
- Amazfit Bip U Pro
- Honor Band 6
- Oppo Band Style
- Samsung Galaxy Fit 2
- Redmi Smart Band