Xiaomi announces global availability of Watch S1 Pro at MWC 2023
Xiaomi has released an electrifying lineup of gadgets at MWC in Barcelona, including the Xiaomi 13 series smartphones. The company has also announced the global launch of Xiaomi Watch S1 Pro, which first made its debut in August 2022 for the Chinese market.
The watch offers everything that the basic model has, but with several additional features. This is actually a revamped version of Watch S1 launched back in 2021. In our review last year, we found the device to be a solid performer. It is a great choice if you are looking for a fitness and health timepiece.
Watch S1 can be considered to be a more attractive replacement for a Fitbit or Amazfit. But purely on the smartwatch front, Apple and Samsung still have the edge. Xiaomi, though, is closing the gap.
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The device offers a decent set of fitness and health tracking smarts at a price that is competitive. This is coupled with excellent battery life and a premium, elegant, minimalistic design. The high-res AMOLED touchscreen and sapphire glass help to make this a really gorgeous looking timepiece.
Xiaomi Watch S1 Pro – what’s new?
The new Pro variant offers some subtile design changes. For example, the dual button configuration of Watch S1 has been replaced with a digital crown and a discreet button just below it. This is the main visual change and contributes to an even more premium feel.
The bezels have shrunk a bit, as has the thickness as compared to the original model. This has allowed the screen diagonal to increase from 1.43 to 1.47 inches over the vanilla model. The 46mm circular dial is housed inside a stainless steel body.
The watch supports all standard features of the flagship models, including heart rate tracking, blood oxygen levels and built-in sattelite connectivity. Xiaomi says that the battery will last for a full two weeks with normal use, so 2-3 days more than the non-Pro model.
Everything is powered by a 12nm processor. The smartwatch offers support for third-party applications and runs on MIUI. Other features worth a mention include NFC and 5 ATM water-resistance.
Up to now the watch has only been available in the Chinese market. At MWC, Xiaomi has confirmed that it will cost £299 ($350) and can be picked up on Xiaomi UK website. The smartwatch is available for the global market in Silver and Black. We are yet to learn if there will be a US launch.
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