Xiaomi, which competes with Apple for the top position in the wearable market, today made the competition a little more interesting.
The Chinese electronics giant has launched in its home market its first smartwatch, called the Mi Watch, which looks strikingly similar to the Apple Watch.
这家中国电子产品巨头公司已在国内市场推出第一款智能手表Mi Watch，外观和Apple Watch特别像。
The Mi Watch, like the Apple Watch, has a square body with a crown and a button. It sports a 1.78-inch AMOLED display (326 ppi) that offers the always-on capability and runs MIUI for Watch, the company’s homegrown wearable operating system based on Google’s Wear OS.
这款Mi Watch像Apple Watch一样是方形表盘，带有表冠和按钮。宣传亮点是1.78英寸的AMOLED显示屏（326 ppi），提供息屏显示模式和小米系统。小米系统是该公司基于谷歌Wear OS的国产可穿戴操作系统。
Inside the metal housing — aluminum alloy with a matte finish — are microphones on two sides for recording audio and taking calls, and a loudspeaker on the left to listen to music or incoming calls. The Mi Watch, which comes in one size — 44mm — has a ceramic back, which is where the charging pins and a heart-rate sensor are also placed.
The company says its first smartwatch supports cellular connectivity (through an eSIM), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC for payments. The Mi Watch should last for 36 hours on a single charge on cellular mode, the company claimed.
The Mi Watch also will help users track their sleep, performance while swimming, cycling and running, and also measure their heart rate.
More than 40 popular Chinese apps, such as TikTok and QQ Messenger, are available for the Mi Watch on day one. The company’s own XiaoAI assistant is the default virtual digital assistant on the watch.
The Mi Watch is priced at CNY 1,299 ($185) and will go on sale in the country next week. There’s no word on international availability just yet, but if the past is any indication, Xiaomi will likely bring the device to India, Singapore, Indonesia and other markets in coming quarters.