At the event in China today, Xiaomi has officially launched a new smartwatch called Mi Watch. Although during the past years Xiaomi has launched many wearable devices under the brand names Mi Band and Amazfit, it can be considered that the Mi Watch is the first smartwatch that Xiaomi really invested and is capable of competing with. Apple Watch. Along with that, Mi Watch also costs significantly higher than its previous smartwatches.
Apple Watch clone design
It can be said that Mi Watch is a complete copy of the Apple Watch design. This watch has a square watch face with a crown and a right button on the right side just like the Apple Watch. Mi Watch's scroll button helps users manipulate through the interface components. Besides the two buttons above, users can also operate with the Mi Watch through the 1.78-inch AMOLED screen.
The bezel of the Mi Watch is made of aluminum. The Mi Watch comes with a rubber strap, which according to Xiaomi is skin-friendly and hypoallergenic. The Mi Watch comes in two colors, silver or gray, while the bundled straps come in black, white, silver and blue.
In addition, the Mi Watch also has a special version with a screen made of scratch-resistant sapphire glass, paired with a steel bezel and steel strap.
Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G, support eSIM, large battery capacity
The Mi Watch uses the Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G chip. The Mi Watch is not the first smartwatch with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, but is the first smartwatch with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip. 4G, Support network connection anytime, anywhere.
Due to 4G support, Mi Watch can operate independently without a smartphone. For example, users can leave the smartphone at home and out on the jogging track with Mi Watch and still be able to receive messages, calls … To be able to do this, Mi Watch is integrated eSIM (power SIM) ) as the Apple Watch. However, it is not clear whether Xiaomi will limit the activation of eSIM of Mi Watch in China alone.
Along with 4G connectivity, the Mi Watch has a huge battery capacity compared to a smartwatch of 570mAh, higher than all current products such as Huawei Watch GT 2, Galaxy Watch Active 2 or Apple Watch Series 5.
Running WearOS is customized by Xiaomi
In an unexpected move, Mi Watch uses Google's WearOS platform. However, Xiaomi has been tweaking the interface of Mi Watch and calling it "MIUI for Watch". Xiaomi also replaced Google Assistant with its own XiaoAI virtual assistant.
MIUI for Watch has its own app store with more than 40 apps at the moment. However, many of these applications were born only to serve Chinese users (QQ, WeChat). Hopefully, if this watch is launched in the international market, its app store will become richer.
Cheap by half compared to Apple Watch
The Mi Watch is priced at 1299 yuan (approximately 4.3 million) in China and will be sold on 11/11. In December, Xiaomi will continue to sell another special edition of the Mi Watch with a screen made of scratch-resistant sapphire glass, steel bezel, steel strap, and the price of 1999 CNY (6.6 million).