Xiaomi’s latest budget wearable, the Redmi Watch 4, has officially launched in China earlier today. This new model brings a larger 1.97 inch display, along with some improvements in functionality.
The predecessor generation device was made available internationally in March 2023. It features a 1.75-inch AMOLED, better GNSS support, and a stylish design with a metal frame and colourful straps. The device maintains essential health sensors and introduces an enhanced Apollo4 Plus platform for smoother performance. Alongside, the Redmi Band 2 launched, offering a large display and health tracking at a more affordable price point.
Now we have news of the new generation.
Xiaomi Redmi Watch 4: the specs
The Redmi Watch 4 retains the main features of its predecessor – but with some changes.
For starters it features an aluminum case for the first time in Xiaomi’s smartwatch line. This move towards a more premium build not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also promises improved durability. The watch is available in various colors, paired with a range of strap options including metal, nylon, leather, and silicone. These straps are easily interchangeable, thanks to Xiaomi’s proprietary system, ensuring compatibility with original straps or those based on this mechanism.
A notable addition to the design is the rotating crown on the right side, crafted with a diamond-cut finish. This provides a tactile and intuitive way to navigate the watch’s interface, in addition to the touch-screen.
Display and user interface
The Redmi Watch 4 boasts a 1.97-inch AMOLED display, offering a resolution of 390 x 450 pixels and a 60Hz refresh rate. This large screen, combined with a peak brightness of 600 nits, ensures clear visibility even in bright outdoor conditions. The use of AMOLED technology and LTPS (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon) is balances vibrant display quality with energy efficiency, contributing to longer battery life.
Operating System, health and fitness tracking
Xiaomi has introduced HyperOS in the Redmi Watch 4, an important upgrade from the operating systems in previous models. This new operating system promises a more fluid and feature-rich user experience while maintaining compatibility with both Android and iOS devices.
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Under the hood, the device is well-equipped with fitness sensors. It packs a heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor, sleep and stress tracker, and a menstrual cycle monitor for women. The thing supports over 150 sports modes, catering to a wide range of activities and fitness routines. Redmi Watch 4 also includes NFC support for contactless payments, Bluetooth connectivity, and is IP68-certified water-resistant up to 50 meters.
Battery life, connectivity, additional features
As you’d expect – battery life is excellent. The smartwatch is powered by a sizeable 420 mAh battery, which is claimed to last about 20 days under normal usage or 7 days with more intensive use, including the always-on display feature. The inclusion of fast charging adds convenience, reducing downtime significantly. All of this is pretty impressive as large displays can be battery draining.
Pricing and availability
Initially available in China for 499 yuan (approximately 70 dollars), the Redmi Watch 4’s price is expected to rise slightly when it reaches global markets, as observed with its predecessor. With its premium design, robust feature set, and user-friendly interface, it could be a strong contender in the budget smartwatch segment.
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