Xiaomi Mi Watch launched from €99 with an SpO2 sensor, a heart rate monitor and a large 1.39-inch AMOLED screen
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Yesterday was not just about smartphones for Xiaomi, as it also brought the Mi Watch to Europe. The Mi Watch resembles many other modern smartwatches, although it does not run Wear OS. Instead, Xiaomi has pre-loaded proprietary software, which it claims allows the smartwatch to achieve up to 16 days of battery life. Xiaomi has also included 117 exercise modes, along with 100 watch faces and native emoji support.
Xiaomi has not scrimped in other areas to meet the smartwatch's affordable price tag, though. The Mi Watch has a built-in GPS and compass, 5 ATM water resistance and an SpO2 sensor for monitoring blood oxygen levels. Additionally, the smartwatch has an accelerometer, a heart rate sensor, a gyroscope, a geomagnetic sensor and an air pressure sensor. Also, there is a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen that sits flush with the chassis of the device. The screen can reach 450 nits of brightness and operates natively at 454 x 454 pixels. Xiaomi protects the display with 2.5 D tempered glass, too.
The smartwatch's 420 mAh battery is charged magnetically. The Mi Watch utilises Bluetooth 5.0 BLE and is compatible with Android 4.4 and iOS 10.0 or above. Xiaomi has integrated Amazon Alexa as a voice assistant, too. Xiaomi will sell the Mi Band in six colours, but it is unclear when the company will release the smartwatch, nor how expensive it will be. Official marketing materials state that the Mi Watch will cost from €99, but Xiaomi has informed our German-speaking colleagues that it will retail for €119. Moreover, it may be until 2021 before Xiaomi releases the Mi Watch in Europe.