Xiaomi officially unveiled the Mi Watch: a lookalike from Apple Watch running a skinned version of Google Wear OS with prices starting at $185 (CNY 1,299).

We first saw a glimpse of Mi Watch last week when we found its physical similarities to Apple’s smartwatch. There are a curved rectangular touch screen, a scrolling crown, and a pill-shaped button just below it like Apple.

Specs of Xiaomi Mi Watch

However, Xiaomi shared more information on the Mi Watch and it sounds like some kind of small competitor now. Engadget notes that it has an AMOLED screen of 1.78 inches with 326ppi pixel density and a 570mAh battery, which Xiaomi says is perfect for 36 hours of use. It comes with an 8Gb internal storage, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor and 1 GB RAM. There are also WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC features, heart rate tracking features, and 4G networking eSIM support.

Software and UI

Xiaomi’s custom software skin for Wear OS is the biggest difference (apart from the price). This appears to give Google’s OS a vague visual overhaul of Apple. Xiaomi developed its in-house software, and MIUI For Watch will also have its native app store, with lightweight versions of its applications Tasks, Recorder and Notice.

Features of Mi Watch

This smartwatch houses various health functions that Xiaomi used in its low cost, popular Mi Smart Band 4 that are rounding off the feature set. The Mi Watch is fairly water-resistant for swimming too, according to TechRadar it includes a blood oxygen meter, sleep, and exercise tracking, and something called’ body energy monitoring.

Mi Watch

Price and Availability

The bad news is that initially, the smartwatch is only likely to be on sale in China. On November 11 the basic watch will arrive at $185 (CNY 1,299) and a flasher version will arrive for around $290 (CNY 1,999), with a steel case and a metal strap. In the coming months the Mi Watch may also be released in other nations including India. Xiaomi also released the CC9 Pro: a 108-megapixel smartphone, along with the watch at the event.

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