Do you like Apple Watch, but you can’t use it because you’re using Android? You don’t have to wait any longer. To be more specific, Xiaomi introduced the Mi Watch. Xiaomi has built a custom platform, called MIUI for Watch, based on the smartwatch software.
In terms of design, the Xiaomi Mi Watch features a 44mm square face, with a 1.78-inch AMOLED display pumping out a resolution of 410 x 410 pixels and a pixel density of 326 pixels-per-inch. The Xiaomi Mi Watch is made in an aluminum alloy case. On the right side are the control crown, multi-function button, and microphone. Replaceable straps will be available for the device.
The new Xiaomi Mi Watch is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 hardware platform. This processor combines four ARM Cortex-A7 cores with a clock frequency of up to 1.2 GHz, a high-performance digital signal processor, and an ultra-low power coprocessor. It is also used in some fossil watches and clocks at 1.2 GHz. In addition, there is 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM, so it should be possible to store at least a few songs or videos offline on the clock.
The gadget’s arsenal includes an NFC module, a receiver for the GPS satellite navigation system, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi wireless adapters. Moreover, the eSIM technology (built-in SIM card) is implemented, which allows you to connect to a mobile operator without using a physical SIM card. The watch is able to track various indicators of the user’s physical activity and the quality of his sleep. Integrated sensors measure heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. The software platform used is Google Wear OS.
Xiaomi claims the Mi Watch will manage 36 hours of continuous use, even with LTE enabled, thanks to its 570 mAh battery packed inside. Xiaomi uses a lot of technology and the usual sensors for training such as swimming, running and many more – Xiaomi called in the show 10 sports that are quickly selected can. The heart rate can, of course, be measured. The Mi Watch’s software, as we mentioned, will essentially be a personalized skin of Wear OS – a bit of a first, in itself – and has been designed to enable stripped-down versions of Xiaomi apps, like Mi Home, Tasks and Maps.
Apple Watch clones are usually cheap fitness trackers as they basically run a rudimentary OS with no smart functions. The Mi Watch is clearly not that – it’s a proper smartwatch with a specially developed OS meant to support an app ecosystem and a great build quality. And hence, Xiaomi seems to be asking a reasonable price for that.