Although Xiaomi is known for its smartphone, the company has announced its “Xiaomi Mi Watch” that looks similar to Apple Watch Series 3.
In case you are interested, the Xiaomi Mi Watch packs a 1.78-inch AMOLED always-on touchscreen display. Additionally, users will be using a new OS called MIUI for the smartwatch. The smartphone’s software is based on Google’s WearOS which marks the smartwatch first aftermarket product to carry ‘based on WearOS’ tag that hasn’t really been commonplace due to WearOS’ lackluster battery life.
While we will have to wait to see how popular the accessory becomes, Xiaomi revealed that more than 40 apps will be available for the smartwatch at launch. Additionally, the Xiaomi Mi Watch also includes a natural-voice assistant called XiaoAI. As for connectivity, the smartwatch comes with 4G LTE eSIM-based mobile data connectivity option alongside WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and NFC.
Although a lot of companies have launched their own lineups of smartwatches, Apple remains to be the market leader when it comes to smart accessories due to their offerings. However, Xiaomi Mi Watch comes with tons of features which should make the device an attractive option for a lot of customers. As a result, it’ll be interesting to see how successful Xiaomi’s latest venture becomes.
During the announcement, Xiaomi revealed that the smartwatch will be initially available in China but the company expects to release it in several other countries with India, Singapore and Indonesia at the top of the priority list. Pre-ordering for the smartwatch started shortly after the announcement with a starting price of CNY 1,299 (or about $185) which goes up all the way to CNY 1,799 ($285).