When does the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite launch?

While the Watch Lite just appeared on Xiaomi's global site, there's no apparent launch date attached to the wearable as yet.

There's a chance that the company might release it under the wire before we reach 2021, although a staggered launch is also expected, with a global version following on from an initial release for the Chinese market specifically - as was the case with the previous Mi Watch.

How much is the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite?

As with any confirmed release window, pricing also remains a mystery for the time being. We've reached out to Xiaomi to try and glean these key pieces of information and will update this feature accordingly once we know more.

For reference, the standard Mi Watch already comes in at an impressively competitive price point of just €99, so while we're expecting the Lite to cost even less, we'd assume (again, considering its promised feature set) that it won't be much cheaper, even with Xiaomi's established razor-thin margins.

What features does the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite offer?

The appealing thing about the Mi Watch Lite looks to be that it retains so much of what the standard watch brings to the table, although there are a few omissions.

Expect a lower resolution and dimmer TFT LCD in place of a circular OLED colour panel, there's no mention of pressure or ambient light sensors this time around and there doesn't appear to be blood oxygen measurement as part of its PPG heart rate monitoring.

There's also a smaller 230mAh battery that results in up to nine days of general use per charge instead of up to 16 (or up to ten hours of sports tracking with GPS enabled).

Here's a full rundown of the Mi Watch Lite's specs and key features:

  • Casing colours: Black, navy blue, ivory
  • TPU strap colours: Black, navy blue, ivory, olive, pink
  • Dimensions: 41×35×10.9mm
  • Weight: 35 grams w/ strap, 25 grams w/o strap
  • Display: Rectangular 1.4in 320×320 TFT LCD, touch-enabled, up to 350nits min brightness
  • OS: Proprietary w/ 120+ watch faces + emoji support in notifications
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS + GLONASS
  • Sensors: Heart rate, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer
  • Battery: 230mAh w/ up to nine days longevity, takes two hours to charge
  • Water resistance: Up to 5ATM (swim-proof)

The Lite is aptly lighter and thinner than the standard Mi Watch and it's also available with a combination of three casing colours and five TPU strap colours to choose between.

Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite colour range press image

On the software side, there doesn't appear to be a microphone this time around for virtual assistant interaction but the watch does offer support for 11 sport tracking modes (with Cricket - the 11th - coming via a software update at a later date).

The Lite can also walk you through breathing exercises, track your sleep, supports smartphone notifications and music control, plies you with connected weather information and boasts an alarm and a flashlight. It tells the time too.

As already mentioned, once we know more about the Mi Watch Lite's availability we'll update this feature.

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