Although Xiaomi has been creating fitness bracelets for several years, it is only now that they are about to release smart watches. The new Mi Watch attracts with its interesting design, powerful battery, wide sports capabilities and reasonable price tag. What actually turned out to be the brand’s first smartwatch?
The Mi Watch case is made of matte black polyamide, that is, plastic. The manufacturer also presented dark blue and beige colors. Thanks to the chosen material, the gadget turned out to be very light: it weighs only 32 grams. Throughout the day, the watch is not felt at all on your hand. The practical polyurethane strap has a large number of holes, so the device is suitable for both male and female audiences. The only negative is that your hand gets sweaty under the included strap, but the standard 22mm mount makes it easy to replace it with any other one.
Flagship level screen
The accessory is equipped with a 1.39-inch AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 454×454. The pixel density is good — 326 ppi. The display pleases with excellent color rendering and wide viewing angles. Let us note an unusual design move: glass with a high-quality oleophobic coating lies in a separate layer on top of the body. It looks beautiful, but there is a high risk of scratching or breaking it. In the settings, you can enable the Always On Display function by selecting one of six design options. This way the current time and date will always be displayed on the screen. But if you raise your hand, the watch will continue to remain in this mode. To wake up, you need to press the physical button or double-click on the display. Mi Watch is equipped with a light sensor, the speed of which there are no complaints. A wide range of brightness adjustments allows you to comfortably use the gadget both in direct sunlight and at night.
The Mi Fit utility is a thing of the past. Now synchronization of the watch with the smartphone is ensured by the Xiaomi Wear program, available on Android and iOS. Creating a pair takes no more than two minutes. The application interface is modern, convenient and not overloaded with anything. The main screen displays health indicators and a training log, the second tab activates workouts, and the last tab configures widgets, selects watch faces (4 are preinstalled, 85 are available for download), adjusts notification sources, and updates software.
Ease of use
Mi Watch runs its own OS. You cannot install third-party applications on the accessory. Built-in programs open instantly, interface animations are drawn without stuttering. The clock management is organized as follows. Swiping from above brings up the notification center, from below — the quick settings curtain, left or right — switches between application widgets, the order and list of which can be easily set on the phone. There are two physical buttons on the right side of the device. Pressing the top key opens a list of all programs, and clicking again returns you to the home screen with a watch face. The bottom button brings up a list of sports modes. By the way, it can also be configured to quickly activate a specific workout.
Another useful feature is finding a smartphone. It is enough to select the appropriate function on the watch — and a phone lost in the depths of the apartment will immediately beep (of course, the wearable device must be within Bluetooth range). Using the watch, you can control music, which is especially helpful on the go, when it is difficult to take your mobile phone out of your pocket. With Mi Watch you will always be dressed for the weather, because the gadget will report meteorological conditions for the next five days. In addition, you can set a password for the new product, enable notifications when the connection is broken, and configure the type of vibration.
But work with notifications is not organized in the best way: the system saves only the last 20 messages. You cannot answer them; instead of emoticons, the “*” symbol is displayed. The source of notifications is also not always clear. For example, the watch draws icons for Telegram, WhatsApp and Instagram, but the VKontakte and Viber applications remain undefined.
In a healthy body healthy mind
To track health indicators, Mi Watch is packed with various sensors. Using a heart rate monitor, the gadget monitors your heart rate 24 hours a day, and a pulse oximeter monitors the level of oxygen saturation in the blood. The gyroscope helps to clearly detect every movement of the body. By summing up the indicators of all sensors, the accessory analyzes sleep quality and stress levels in detail. And the application with breathing exercises will help reduce anxiety and achieve a relaxed state.
Mi Watch offers 17 sports modes, from running and cycling to yoga and rowing. However, among them there was no place for training with push-ups and pull-ups. If before starting classes you forgot to activate the required mode, the watch will immediately notify you about this. Thanks to its water resistance of 5 ATM, the accessory can be taken into the pool and control your swims. The gadget supports most popular satellite navigation systems, accurately tracking the distance traveled. During a workout, you can’t see notifications or battery level on the screen, but you can control music.
During testing, the watch was in constant synchronization with the smartphone, received all notifications, measured health indicators, and the display brightness was adjusted automatically. In this mode, the gadget was discharged by an average of 8–10% in 24 hours. If you select the Always On Display feature, the battery will drain an additional 2 percent per day. With location detection activated, the Mi Watch lasted 34 hours. The energy saving mode will help extend battery life. The accessory is charged using a cradle that clings tightly to the body using magnets. Replenishing energy from 0 to 100% takes 1 hour 40 minutes.
- 45.9 x 45.9 x 11.8 mm
- 32 grams (excluding strap)
- body — polyamide (plastic)
strap — polyurethane
- 1.39″, AMOLED, 454×454, 326 ppi
- 420 mAh
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou
- heart rate monitor, pulse oximeter, gyroscope, barometer, geomagnetic sensor
- 17 training modes, 5 ATM waterproof, stress measurement, sleep analysis, Xiaomi Wear app
Thanks to the large screen on the watch, it is much more convenient to view notifications and analyze health indicators than from a smart bracelet. However, Mi Watch can hardly be called a full-fledged smart device: for example, it lacks an NFC module, functions for answering messages and calls, as well as installing third-party applications. But the new Xiaomi product has a traditional trump card — a humane price tag.