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A few days ago Xiaomi teased an upcoming launch of a new GPS sports watch. The crowdfunding campaign for a device called Xiaomi Yunmai is live as of today.
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The low cost timepiece can be purchased through the Youpin platform for just 699 Yuan (around $100). As its name implies, this is a third-party product manufactured by Xiaomi’s partner company Yunmai. The outfit is best known for its range of low-cost smart scales.
The specs are pretty impressive, particularly when you take into consideration the price. Xiaomi has not provided any details on the operating system, but rather than Android Wear it will probably be the proprietary platform that runs on Amazfit devices.
Similar to the Amazfit Verge, Xiaomi Yunmai comes with a 1.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 360×360 pixel resolution and a 90% NTSC display color gamut. The thing is made of PC + ABS plastic, which makes it resistant to high temperatures and impacts. The strap is made of breathable silicone.
In addition to its normal mode, Yunmai has a low power consumption option that turns the screen off when not in active use. The whole thing is equipped with a 420mAh battery which can last an impressive 4 days between charges.
Under the hood is a dual GPS + GLONASS positioning system with an integrated U-BLOX chip, a powerful 9-axis sensor and a heart rate sensor (Pixart 80211ES ). The last on this list is capable of abnormal heart rate alerts.
The watch has auto-recognition for workouts and supports a number of sports including running, treadmills, indoor and outdoor cycling. It is also a good gym buddy with modes such as elliptical, jump rope, squats and more. Swimming is not on this list as the thing is only IP67 certified (splash resistant).
The crowdfunding campaign ends in two weeks time, on March 4th. The watch is expected to hit the shops on March 26th in a choice of two colors, ash and rose gold. Xiaomi Yunmai only speaks Chinese at the moment but hopefully English will be added soon as a language option. No word yet on when it might make its way across the border but we’ll update when we hear more.
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