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Xiaomi releases variant of Mi Watch Color with blood oxygen detection

Xiaomi has released Mi Watch Color Sports Edition. The main novelty is that its a lighter and sportier version, and that it comes with the addition of blood oxygen detection.

Its predecessor was unveiled at the start of this year as a cheaper variant of Mi Watch. The timepiece came with lots of customisation options, along with some solid fitness tracking smarts.

But now we have a Sport Edition of the same. The clue is in the name. This is a sportier variant that has an aluminium build instead of a steel one. What’s more, Xiaomi has included a few home and sport dials which provide shortcuts to starting workouts.

Xiaomi releases variant of Mi Watch Color with blood oxygen detection
Image source: Xiaomi

The change in build material means the Sports Edition weighs only 32.5 grams, which is 7.5 grams lighter than before. The dimensions have stayed the same, as has the 1.39-inch AMOLED (454 x 454-pixel), 5 ATM water resistance, built-in 12nm high-end GPS chip (which allows for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou positioning) and optical heart rate monitor.

The important extra is the addition of a SpO2 sensor. Most new smartwatches these days have them. They allow for monitoring of blood oxygen saturation.

Xiaomi releases variant of Mi Watch Color with blood oxygen detection
Image source: Xiaomi

The smart functionality is also there. Mi Watch Color Sport Edition comes with Xiao Ai smart voice assistant. This is in addition to a multi-function NFC chip.

The whole thing can keep over two weeks thanks to the 420 mAh Battery. This, of course, drastically comes down with GPS switched on (50 hours).

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Xiaomi’s latest timepiece will retail for CNY 699 ($105) in China, 15% less than its predecessor. Pre-orders start today, ahead of official sales on November 1st. In case you were wondering, you can customise everything to your liking with a choice of 6 strap colours and 3 color bezel options.

No word yet on international availability. We are also waiting for Mi Watch Color to be made available globally.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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