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Mi Watch: Xiaomi's large smartwatch (not only) for athletes

Xiaomi's larger smartwatch with always-on AMOLED, GPS, and good battery life
Xiaomi's larger smartwatch with always-on AMOLED, GPS, and good battery life
After the Mi Watch Lite, we reviewed the Mi Watch. Its higher-quality features are likely to appeal to athletes in particular.
Inge Schwabe (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 ...

The Mi Watch is one of the three wrist wearables that Xiaomi currently offers. Besides the Mi Band 5 fitness tracker, there's a second smartwatch in the form of the Mi Watch Lite.

Not only does the Mi Watch differ from the smaller Mi Watch Lite that features an Apple Watch design with its rounded shape, but it also has better features. The Mi Watch, for example, has an AMOLED with always-on mode, whereas the TFT display of the Mi Watch Lite inevitably dims when it's inactive. In addition, the Mi Watch Lite's touchscreen responded sluggishly at times. In contrast, the Mi Watch always responds to inputs immediately.

With a high-quality GPS chip and more than 100 sports modes, the Mi Watch has a clear advantage for athletes compared with the Lite version. Like Huawei and Samsung, Xiaomi also relies on the recognized technology from Firstbeat for training analysis.

Users who log their workouts with a smartwatch usually also want to synchronize them with Apple Health or Google Fit. The Mi Watch revealed inconsistent behavior here, depending on whether you connect it to an Android smartphone or an iPhone: While Xiaomi's iOS app syncs vitals with Apple Health, the connection to Google Fit was not possible on Android. Our review of the Mi Watch shows how much information is provided by the training logs of the Xiaomi app in contrast.

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Inge Schwabe
Editor of the original article: Inge Schwabe - Senior Tech Writer - 139 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I initially earned my pocket money by filing paper records and earned my first salary by destroying them: For years I have supported digital transformation processes in both large and small IT projects. With two successfully completed degrees, in Computer Science and Technical Communications, I managed to combine my expertise with my passion for writing. I have written articles for connect, c’t, Mac & I, and the Microsoft and Samsung portals. With Notebookcheck, I sometimes move my workplace outdoors into nature so I can put fitness trackers and smartwatches to the test beyond the confines of my desk.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 515 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Inge Schwabe, 2021-03-23 (Update: 2021-03-21)