Xiaomi, which competes with Apple in the “wearables” market, has launched a smartwatch for the first time in China, the Mi Watch. The development of the Mi Watch clearly looked closely at the Apple Watch, they resemble each other like two drops of water.
Like the Apple Watch, the Mi Watch has a square body with a crown and a button. The watch features a 1.78-inch AMOLED display (326 ppi) and runs on MIUI for Watch, Xiaomi’s operating system based on Google’s Wear OS.
Inside the metal housing are two microphones and a speaker for listening to music or incoming calls. The Mi Watch, which comes in one size – 44mm – 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 for 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 default virtual digital assistant on the watch.
The Mi Watch costs CNY 1,299 ($ 185) and will go on sale next week. No information is available on international availability yet, but past history Xiaomi is likely to bring the device to India, Singapore, Indonesia and other overseas 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. Xiaomi’s first smartphones were very similar to iPhones. In recent years, Xiaomi’s products have become more original, but when developing new tech, it is clearly still looking at the market leaders.