Major Chinese OEM Xiaomi has recently launched its first smartwatch offering, Mi Watch, in China. Despite facing several criticisms for being an Apple Watch look-alike, Mi Watch grabbed attention due to its several smart and fitness features as well as low price offerings.
Xiaomi launched two variants of Mi Watch, a standard version and a premium version called Mi Watch Privilege Edition that comes with a four-curved sapphire glass, a high-gloss stainless steel body, a stainless steel chain strap, and a ceramic back cover. The smartwatch has a 1.78-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 326 points per inch or PPI (448 x 368 pixels). It is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G chipset and runs on Xiaomi’s Android interface, MIUI for Watch. Outside China, Mi Watch will be based on Wear OS Android operating system.
Mi Watch has all the smart features such as reading notifications, messages, and emails, LTE connectivity, eSIM support, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, play or pause music, and accept and reject calls. The fitness features include tracking activities such as walking, running and swimming, and monitoring capability for heart rate, sleep, etc.
Despite sporting a rectangular dial just like Apple Watch (the company has provided justifications for the rectangular dial design), Mi Watch can be distinguished from Apple Watch mainly from its better battery backup and price points.
Mi Watch is equipped with a 570mAh battery that could run for 36 hours. However, Apple Watch models run on batteries that range from 296mAh to 455mAh. Secondly, the base model of the Mi Watch is priced at CNY1299, which is equivalent to $185 and cheaper than the LTE-equipped Apple Watch (Series 5), priced at $500. Even the top Privilege Edition Mi Watch model is priced lower than Apple Watch at CNY1999, which is equivalent to $285.
There is no news about the availability of Mi Watch outside China at the moment. However, we might hear something about the India launch date by the end of this year.
Taking the leads from China launch, Mi Watch could be priced in the range of Rs. 13,000 (base model) to Rs. 20,000 (top model) in India, which is equivalent to the price of a mid-range smartphone.
In India, Xiaomi is known for its sports and fitness tracker Mi Smart Band since 2014. In September, Xiaomi launched the latest Mi Smart Band 4 with a price tag of Rs. 2,299.