Xiaomi Mi Watch details revealed: A cheaper Apple Watch?

Chris Burns - Oct 30, 2019, 11:56am CDT
Xiaomi Mi Watch details revealed: A cheaper Apple Watch?

Today we’re looking at Xiaomi’s latest released clues about their next smartwatch, the Mi Watch. This is a watch that looks a WHOLE LOT like an Apple Watch – but sorta like if Apple decided to do an “SE” version of said device. Not that they’d ever do such a thing, but still – here’s what Xiaomi’s got. The Xiaomi Mi Watch will have a rounded-corner rectangular display and a digital crown on its right side for controlling its UI.

There’s a touchscreen on this smartwatch and the promise of a new user interface made by Xiaomi. This will be a different approach from what we’ve seen delivered by Apple, Samsung, Google, or Huawei. How many more different mobile operating systems do we need? More, clearly!

Xiaomi makes use of Android for its smartphones, with its own custom UI on top called MIUI. With this watch, Xiaomi suggests it’ll launch “MIUI for Watch” at the same time as said watch, on November 5th. Since we see so many apps in the preview for this watch, it’ll be interesting to see what sort of operating system it’s actually using. Does it have a base in Android? Maybe it’s based on full Android – wouldn’t that be awesome?!

Inside the Xiaomi Mi Watch will work with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 mobile system-on-chip (processor, if you prefer). It’ll have GPS onboard, NFC for mobile payments, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-fi connectivity, and a few high-end features. Like the ability to work with eSIM – so you can use this watch on its own, instead of carrying a phone – neat!

We’ll know more about this device – and a few other devices from Xiaomi – on the 5th of November, 2019. There we’ll also learn more about the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 as well. Tips suggest that the pricing won’t necessarily be super-cheap, but almost certainly less expensive than the most recent round of Apple Watch releases.

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