Then again, perhaps copying is the best form of flattery. The Apple Watch, particularly the latest Series 4 and 5, are astoundingly good smartwatches that are ahead of the pack when it comes to functionality and usefulness. Xiaomi’s Mi Watch will be a hell of a lot cheaper, so perhaps it’s a good thing if it brings Android users a bit of that Apple Watch goodness.
We love Xiaomi’s Mi Bands, giving the Mi Band 4 a glowing review thanks to its GPS and heart rate monitor at an insanely low £34.99. The Mi Watch will undercut competitors by quite some distance, and will likely run Xiaomi’s own software rather than Google’s Wear OS.
Image: Xiaomi (Weibo)
The closest Xiaomi has come to a smartwatch is its sub-brand Huami’s Amazfit sports watches (in fact, its latest one looks like an Apple Watch too). We expect the Mi Watch to be more of a lifestyle wearable than one that is focussed on fitness and health.
The Weibo posts say that the Mi Watch will support NFC, GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as an eSIM for cellular connectivity away from your phone.