After showing off their 108 MP smartphone camera, Chinese tech company Xiaomi announced its first smartwatch with a custom version of Wear OS, and it looks a lot like an Apple Watch.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch is the company’s first smartwatch under the Mi branding. The Mi Watch joins a host of Xiaomi fitness tracking bands.
If you squint, you may think Apple released another smartwatch, but you’d be wrong. Xiaomi’s Mi Watch looks very similar to Apple’s wearable devices. This isn’t the first time the company copied products that look like Apple’s implementations. The company made a blatant rip off of Apple’s Memoji and created their Xiaomi Mimoji, which bore a striking resemblance to Apple’s cartoony characters.
The Mi Watch sports a 1.78-inch, rectangular, AMOLED display with 326 PPI, housed in a 44mm case. The device has a similar rotating crown and pill-shaped button as Apple’s own wearable devices. The wearable device is a bit boxier than Apple’s devices, however.
Inside, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset powers the device. It has four ARM, Cortex A7 processors that run up to 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM and comes with 8GB of storage. There’s eSIM support for LTE connectivity along with WIFI, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC technologies.
The Mi Watch can also track various activities like swimming and running. It also packs a heart rate sensor and can track sleep. These features will suit fitness enthusiasts.
Xiaomi put a 570mAH battery in the smartwatch and claims the smartwatch can deliver 36 hours of continued use.
The Mi Watch runs a custom version of Google’s Wear OS with Xiaomi’s MIUI on top. It is the first smartwatch to have a customised version of Google’s Wear OS to date.
All this tech comes at CNY 1,299 (US$185) which is a fraction of the cost of a Series 5 Apple Watch.
There’s also a more expensive premium version of the watch with a 590mAH battery that costs CNY 1,999 (US$285). The premium version will come later in the year. Sadly, the Mi Watch will only be sold in China initially. The standard edition Xiaomi Mi Watch will be available starting November 11.