It looks like Xiaomi is getting ready to launch its smartwatch in Europe. This information was revealed yesterday during the launch event that the company held for the Mi 10T series phones. At this time, the watch is exclusively available in China, which is the company’s home market.
The watch has a case that is roughly square and reminiscent of the one found on an Apple Watch. The watch is powered by Xiaomi’s proprietary software, which is a modified form of the Google operating system. WearOS is not utilized in its operation. The device has features like the ability to work with eSIM cards, 4G LTE, NFC, GPS, a virtual assistant, and the usual fitness trackers.
Mi Watch Color is the name of Xiaomi’s subsequent, more affordable spherical version of the watch. Although it does not have cellular functionality, this model shares the majority of its features with its larger sibling. The company that made the watch says it is meant to be a middle ground between simple fitness trackers and full-featured watches.
The Mi Watch in its European Configuration
The rebranding process for the Mi Watch Color has been completed, and the watch will now be known simply as the Mi Watch when it is released abroad. It was previously believed that the watch would be known as the Mi Watch Revolve, but it seems clear that the firm has decided against using that name.
The technical specifications of the wearable device are identical to those seen on the Mi Watch Color. This comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display that has a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels and is contained inside of a 47mm stainless steel case. The screen has a brightness of 450 nits and is made of Gorilla Glass 3, which helps to ensure its durability.
Under the hood, there are a variety of sensors, including an accelerometer, barometer, optical heart rate sensor, ambient air pressure sensor, and blood oxygen sensor. The full list can be found here. The device, which is water resistant up to 5 ATMs, spits out the normal fitness and sleep information, in addition to a slew of Firstbeat performance indicators and a total of 117 activity types (who realized there had been that many?). The device also has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM. There is also a built-in GPS for tracking your workout without the need for a phone.
Those who like to make payments with their wrists will be pleased to learn that near-field communication (NFC) can be used for international payments in addition to voice control. Aside from that, it is important to point out that the device weighs only 32 grams, although that figure does not include the strap, which can be purchased in one of seven different colors.
When the standard smartwatch mode is used, the battery life (420 mAh) lasts for an impressive 16 days. Because of this, you would only need to recharge it twice per month going forward.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch will “soon” be available for purchase for the relatively affordable price of €99 in Europe. When taking into consideration that the wristwatch already has a GPS receiver integrated in it, the pricing becomes even more amazing. You will have the option of purchasing it in either Chrome Silver or Midnight Black. There has been no announcement regarding the US market.