06 January 2020
Xiaomi has been releasing budget fitness trackers/bands in and outside China for years but for the first time, it has launched a proper smartwatch featuring its own branding. We are talking about the Mi Watch which was unveiled at the same event where we saw the Mi CC9 Pro launch. The smartwatch has an appearance that is exactly similar to the Apple Watch and as noticed in the official teaser last week.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch sports a 1.78-inch AMOLED display which is rectangular in shape but with rounded corners. It offers Always On Display functionality so that you can check relevant important by simply lifting your arm up. It has a physical button and a crown on the right side which are meant for interactions and navigating through different menus and options.
Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB onboard storage. The whole package is powered by a 570mAh battery which is the biggest battery in any smartwatch so far. It is claimed to last for up to 36 hours with 4G LTE continuously enabled.
One of the unique Mi Watch features is that it runs on custom MIUI for Watch skin based on Google's Wear OS. This is the first Wear OS smartwatch to run a custom Android version. The special software skin comes with over 40 pre-installed apps as well as a dedicated app store. There are apps spread across a wide range of categories and even have a number of watch faces for personalization purposes.
As for the connectivity options, Xiaomi has packed Mi Watch with Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE and eSIM support for complete stand-alone usage. It means you will not have to rely on a constant connection with a smartphone to make use of all of its features. The Mi Watch has been priced at CNY 1,299 (about $185) with sales starting November 11th. It is currently available only in China.