Following lots of teasers and leaks, Mi Watch Color is now available for purchase on mi.com in China. The budget-friendly timepiece comes with lots of customization options, along with some solid fitness tracking smarts.
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This is Xiaomi’s second smartwatch. It follows from Mi Watch which was announced at the end of October and made available for purchase in China shortly after. The few reviews that have been posted so far suggest this is a fairly decent device. Mi Watch looks like an Apple Watch but runs on a customized version of Wear OS. It has support for eSIM cards, 4G LTE, NFC for payments on the go, GPS, a voice assistant and plethora of fitness sensors.
But now we have the arrival of Mi Watch Color and this one looks nothing like the Apple Watch. As shown in these images, it is more akin to the Amazfit GTR. To remind, Amazfit-branded watches are manufactured by Chinese-based Huami. This is the same company that manufactures Xiaomi’s Mi Band.
The cheerful looking, circular timepiece looks to be targeted towards younger buyers and fashionistas rather than hard-core fitness geeks. Xiaomi says there are 1,540 different customization combinations to choose from via 110 different personalized dials, 2 different color bezels and 7 different color straps. The quick-release strap should make it easy to switch between bands.
The 47mm variant of the watch has a 1.39-inch circular display with 454 x 454 pixels screen resolution, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a small stainless-steel bezel. The thing has the usual fitness tracking sensors including an accelerometer, barometer and heart rate. There’s also support for 9 Firstbeat metrics including: Vo2Max, Training Effect: Aerobic, Recovery Time Adviser, Calories Burned, All day stress, Body Resources, Sleep Detection, Sleep Analysis and Sleep Coach.
Battery life is said to be an excellent 14 days in normal smartwatch mode. This climbs up to 22 days in basic mode, and falls to 22 hours with GPS switched on.
Here are the full specs for the 47mm variant. Rumors are that there may also be a smaller 42mm iteration in the works.
|Dimensions||46.2 x 53.3 x 11.4mm|
|Screen resolution||454 x 454 pixel|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Colors||Elegant Black and Fashion Silver|
|Straps size, material||20mm, silicone or leather|
|Physical buttons||Two on the right-hand side|
|Battery life||up to 14 days in typical watch mode, 22 days in basic mode, and 22 hours in outdoor sports mode|
|Power rating||5V 0.5A|
|Water-resistance||5 ATM (down to depths of 50 metres)|
|Compatibility||Android 4.4 / iOS 10.0 and above|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, accelerometer and barometer|
|Firstbeat metrics||Vo2Max, Training Effect: Aerobic, Recovery Time Adviser, Calories Burned, All day stress, Body Resources, Sleep Detection, Sleep Analysis and Sleep Coach.|
|Number of sports||10 (outdoor running, indoor running (treadmill), trail running, climbing, outdoor cycling, elliptical training, walking, free training, indoor swimming, and open water swimming). Indoor and open water swimming will be available via a software update.|
|Price||CNY 799 (around $115)|
According to Xiaomi Ecological Chain, Qu Heng, the watch aims to fill the gap between fitness bands and fully fledged smartwatches. He actually refers to a new category of “long battery life smartwatches”, i.e. wearables that you don’t need to worry about charging too often, and that can be utilized for fitness tracking and every-day use. Qu Heng says a true smartwatch should have a built-in eSIM so that it can function independently from a smartphone.
Mi Watch Color is available for purchase in China from today for CNY 799 (around $115). The timepiece is currently not compatible with iOS.
Some two months since its reveal, we are still waiting for Mi Watch to make its way across the Chinese border. Let’s hope the international release of Xiaomi’s second smartwatch does not take as long.
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