Xiaomi has announced Watch Color 2 at a launch event earlier today. The sporty device upgrades the original with a larger 1.43 inch display, blood oxygen tracking, support for 117 different sports and lots of customization options.
The company’s latest smartwatch was teased a few days ago so we knew it would land today. But the specs were largely unknown.
The original Mi Watch Color was launched in China in early 2020. The company is not doing itself any favors with its naming convention. It’s a bit of a maze figuring out how all the different iterations differ.
Although Mi Watch Color is not sold outside China, there is a version that goes under the name of Mi Watch Revolve. That one is essentially the same device but this one is being sold in countries such as India. It saw an upgraded iteration in July this year which goes under the name Mi Watch Revolve Active. The main upgrades are blood oxygen tracking and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The original Mi Watch Color also received a Sports edition in October last year, that slaps on blood oxygen tracking.
Xiaomi Watch Color 2 – technical specs
Xiaomi Watch Color 2 comes with the same circular body as the other iterations in this range. An important upgrade over the original is the slightly larger display. It comes in at 1.43 inches versus the 1.39 that can be found on the first version. The new display has a refresh rate of 60Hz for smooth performance and pixel density of 326PPI.
The timepiece is very customizable. Xiaomi says you can choose between three different case colors, six different straps and some 200 clock-faces. Something for everyone there.
The whole thing weighs just 36.3 grams and it remains 5 ATM rated for water-resistance. On the right side of the watch are two physical buttons for power on/off and exploring the menu. The buttons are elongated whereas on the original they are circular.
Another upgrade over the initial variant comes in the form of an SpO2 sensor. This can be used to track blood oxygen levels. You still get the basic fitness sensors including built-in GPS.
The number of sports tracked has been bumped up to a whopping 117. To remind, the original only has support for 10 sports modes.
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The battery inside the thing measures 470mAh which is 50mAh more than before. Nevertheless, the additional sensors and larger display means you will need to charge it once every 12 days. This is 2 days less battery life than on the original. There is a long-life mode which can keep everything going for a full 24 days. Around 30 hours is what you can expect to get with GPS switched on.
The watch will be available in China with a price tag of CNY 899 (around $140). It will be interesting to see whether Xiaomi Watch Color 2 will make its way outside the local market. The original didn’t so we wouldn’t hold our breath.
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