Market analyst firm Canalys came out with a report today stating that worldwide smartwatch shipments grew 12% in Q1 2020 despite COVID-19. Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Garmin, and Fitbit were the top 5 smartwatch vendors. One vendor mentioned in the report is Xiaomi, whose products are known for their exceptional value-for-money. Although Xiaomi isn’t a top-5 smartwatch vendor, the company has seen great success with its other wearables and is shifting to the smartwatch segment, having already released two smartwatches in China. Now, Xiaomi is gearing up to release its second self-branded smartwatch, the Xiaomi Watch Color, outside of China as the Mi Watch Revolve.
Back in November of 2019, Xiaomi announced the Mi Watch, the company’s first self-branded smartwatch that is also the company’s first product to run Google’s Wear OS. It’s unapologetically inspired by the Apple Watch with its square display and crown/button placement. Then in December of 2019, Xiaomi unveiled the Watch Color with a design and spec sheet that’s pretty similar to the Amazfit GTR: The Watch Color has a circular dial and a 1.39-inch 454×454 AMOLED display. In China, the Watch Color costs just CNY 799, or about $112, making it a pretty affordable smartwatch. In terms of sensors, it has a heart-rate monitor, sleep tracker, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, compass, barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor. Its water resistance is rated up to 5 ATM and lasts up to 14-days with a 420mAh battery. Unlike the Mi Watch, however, the Watch Color does not run Google’s Wear OS.
Xiaomi Watch Color renders. Source: Xiaomi
In the latest version of the Mi Watch app, we spotted a new listing for a “Mi Watch Revolve.” Searching online, we then found a YouTube video from Spanish YouTuber eSavants that unboxes this new smartwatch. According to the YouTuber, they purchased the smartwatch from AliExpress for about €90.
Interestingly, the unreleased Mi Smart Band 4C also shows up in the Mi Watch app. According to tech blog Xiaomishka, the Mi Smart Band 4C is expected to be a rebranded version of the Redmi Band that recently launched in April. That’s about all we know so far about the Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve and the Mi Smart Band 4C. Both will basically be rebrands of existing wearable products launched in China, so there’s unfortunately nothing truly new here. However, more competition is always welcome, and we expect both products to be very affordable at launch.
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