Xiaomi launched its first proper smartwatch in China. Called the Mi Watch, it’s a dead ringer for Apple Watch, albeit considerably less elegant. However, at 1,299 yuan ($186), it’s also a lot cheaper than Apple’s smartwatch
Just like the Apple Watch, the Mi Watch has a single crown on a square body with rounded corners. At 1.78 inches in diagonal, the Mi Watch’s AMOLED display is exactly the same size as the larger 44mm Apple Watch. (Xiaomi’s watch only comes in one size.) But take a look from the side, and you’ll find the Apple Watch quite a bit thinner and curvier than the Mi Watch.
Inside, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 570mAh battery that should last for 36 hours, and a host of connectivity options, including eSIM-powered 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. GPS and NFC are also on board, and there’s both a microphone and a speaker so you can make and receive calls. Read more…
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