Xiaomi, competing with Apple in the market for “wearables ”, has launched a smartwatch in China for the first time, the Mi Watch. During the development of the Mi Watch, the Apple Watch was clearly well looked at, they look like two drops of water.
Just like the Apple Watch, the Mi Watch has a square case with a crown and a button. The watch features a 1.78-inch AMOLED screen (326 PPI) and runs on MIUI for Watch, Xiaomi”s operating system based on Google’s Wear OS.
In the metal case there are two microphones and a loudspeaker to listen to music or incoming calls. The Mi Watch, which is supplied in one size – 44 mm – has a ceramic back, where the charging pins and a heart rate sensor are also placed.
The Mi Watch is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G chipset with four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz, coupled with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. The Mi Watch lasts 36 hours per charge, Xiaomi claims.
More than 40 popular Chinese apps, such as TikTok and QQ Messenger, are immediately available for the Mi Watch. Xiaomi”s version of Siri, called XiaoAI, is the standard virtual digital assistant on the watch.
The Mi Watch costs CNY 1,299 ($ 185) and will go on sale next week. There is no information available yet about international availability, but based on the past, Xiaomi is likely to bring the device to India, Singapore, Indonesia and other foreign markets in the coming quarters.
Xiaomi has experience with “wearables ”. The company’s colorful fitness trackers are incredibly popular in Asian countries.
It is not the first time that Xiaomi has been accused of copying Apple. The first smartphones from Xiaomi were very similar to iPhones. In recent years have been Xiaomi”s products have become more original, but when developing new tech the market leaders are clearly still being looked at.