Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Alternatives – Elephone ELE Band 5 Vs Alfawise S9 Smartband

In the smartband industry, all attention is currently focused on the newly released Xiaomi Mi Band 3. Right now, the cheapest you can get the Mi Band 3 is on Gearbest for $49.99. However, is that where we should actually be looking?. Except you have some extra bucks in your pocket to spend, it is not worth it because there are numerous new and similar brands in the market presently. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 was launched for $169 Yuan ($27), however, you are not going to find this device right now for less than $50. The question is “Why buy the Mi Band 3 for $50 or more when you can get other good smart bands with similar features for $25 or less?”. Here we have done a head to head comparison between two hot smart bands which were released a few weeks ago, we are talking about the ELE Band 5 & Alfawise S9 Smartband.

Elephone ELE Band 5 Vs Alfawise S9 Smartband – The Battle Begins

Elephone ELE Band 5 Vs Alfawise S9 Smartband – Design & Appearance

The Elephone ELE Band 5 and Alfawise S9 smart bands are very similar in terms of design and appearance. They have an identical shape and use similar body materials. Both smartbands use a non-separable design and if you damage the strap, it will be difficult to replace it. This is one edge that the Mi Bands have over these devices. The rear of both devices has a heart rate sensor. This sensor is in the same location on both devices but has slightly different shapes. In terms of weight, the Elephone ELE Band 5 is slightly lighter as it weighs 65 grams while the Alfawise S9 weighs 73 grams. Both bands can be worn with classic clothes and sport wears.

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Elephone ELE Band 5 Vs Alfawise S9 Smartband – Display

One of the main advantages of the Elephone ELE Band 5 is its coloured OLED 0.96-inches screen. At the bottom of the screen, there is a touch button. The diagonal display is sufficient to display call and messages alert as well as monitoring of other activities. The Alfawise S9 smart band, on the other hand, uses a similar 0.96-inches screen but it is not OLED but LCD and it is designed to save power. The brightness of the display is not as high as the Elephone Band 5 but its details are still visible in bright light environments.

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Elephone ELE Band 5 Vs Alfawise S9 Smartband – Features

These bracelets are basically the same thus it is difficult to choose one except you have a preference for screen type. Both bands support time display, pedometer, heart rate monitoring, alarm, sleep phase control and information display on APP. However, the Alfawise S9 has the Blood Pressure and Blood Oxygen Monitor function which the Elephone ELE Band 5 does not have. On the Elephone smartband, there is support for remote control of smartphone camera which allows a user to take a snapshot by simply shaking the band. This is not on the Alfawise S9.  In addition, both smartbands are designed for sports as they come with IP67 certification which prevents them from effects of sweat and other moisture.

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Elephone ELE Band 5 Vs Alfawise S9 Smartband – Hardware & Battery

The Elephone ELE Band 5 comes with a 90 mAh li-ion battery which guarantees only 10 days in standby mode and 2 hours charging time. The Alfawise S9, on the other hand, comes with a similar 90 mAh battery but it is Li-polymer Battery but that does not change its 10 days standby mode time. While the Elephone Band 5 is powered by a Nordic 52832 processor with low consumption rate, the Alfawise S9 comes with a Dialog 14585 chip coupled with 16MB of RAM.

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Elephone ELE Band 5 Vs Alfawise S9 Smartband – APP

The Elephone ELE Band 5 is compatible with a smartphone running on Android 4.4 or higher, iOS 8.4 or higher. You need to install WearFit 2.0 App on your phone for the fitness tracker. As for the Alfawise S9, it is compatible with Android 4.3 / iOS 8.0 and above systems and it uses the JYOU app. 

Price & Availability

The Elephone ELE Band 5 and Alfawise S9 are currently available on Gearbest. While the Alfawise S9 goes for $28.82, the Alfawise S9 is currently selling for $17.60. We all know why the former is more expensive, it’s because of its OLED display of course. With these bands in the market, you don’t have to shell out a whopping $50 for a Xiaomi Mi Band 3. If you need an OLED display, the Elephone ELE Band 5 is there for you for almost half the price while if you need something cheaper with good features, the Alfawise S9 is available for over half the price of the Mi Band 3.



I have been a strong follower of Android devices since the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Right now, Chinese tech completely fascinates me because they are probably the only manufacturers who tries to merge budget and specs.

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