Xiaomi, together with the Redmi brand, has presented a new smartwatch model that very much resembles the Amazfit Bip U. In this review, I will analyze the main advantages and disadvantages of the Xiaomi Redmi Watch smartwatch and find out whether it is worth the money or not.
Any wearable watch is a necessary device for a modern person. With the help of the watch, you can not only check the time but also analyze your physical activity. Therefore, when choosing any wearable device, you need to focus on functionality.
But before talking about the functions and features, I must talk about the price tag. You can now buy Xiaomi Redmi Watch on Aliexpress for $60. Yes, the price is not the lowest, but believe me, the watch is definitely worth your attention.
Now a little about the technical specs, Redmi Watch received a 1.4-inch screen, more than 120 different watch faces, full protection against water, and even a multifunctional NFC module.
Let’s take a look at what are the main differences between Xiaomi Redmi Watch and the main competitor Amazfit Bip U. Currently, the price tag for both models is identical, so I propose to start my review with the package bundle.
Xiaomi Redmi Watch: Specifications
|Xiaomi Redmi Watch:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.4 inch IPS screen with 320 by 320 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, NFC|
|IP standart:||5ATM waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 7 days|
|Size:||43 x 43 x 11.5 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The smartwatch from Redmi is delivered in a small square box, which is made of thick cardboard and black. On the front, there is a drawing of the watch and the name of the company.
On the back of the box, there are icons with the main features. These include voice control, protection from water up to 50 meters, 7 sports modes, and others. Of course, all the inscriptions are in Chinese, as there is currently no global version of the smart wearable watch available.
Inside the box, everything is standard – this is the smartwatch itself, which was packed in a protective film. I also found a charging dock with two contacts and a short instruction, which is also in Chinese.
Design, build quality and materials
The Redmi company presented smartwatches in a fairly wide range of colors. There are eight different colors in total, but only three are available on Aliexpress – these are black, blue, and white. I think these are the primary colors that will be of interest to most users. But there is a high probability that in the future, the number of strap colors will become much more.
The watch case Xiaomi Redmi Watch is made of high-quality matte plastic. This is a good solution for the company since glossy plastic would be superfluous here. The build quality is pretty high here. Also, I can’t get past the protection from water, with the watch you can calmly dive to a depth of 50 meters and not be afraid to sink them.
There is a protective 2.5D tempered glass on the front of the watch, so you are afraid of scratches or other troubles. It’s great news that the budget watch doesn’t have a plastic screen cover.
Now a little about the screen itself, Redmi Watch received a 1.4-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The pixel density was 323 PPI.
The screen quality is very good, I cannot see individual pixels and the viewing angles are very wide. The most important indicator in any smartwatch is the brightness value, so everything is fine in the Redmi Watch. The screen has high brightness and reading messages or analyzing functions will be comfortable even in bright sunny weather.
On the right side, there is one mechanical almost rectangular button. Below it, you can see a hole for a microphone. But this microphone is not intended for calls but is required for voice control.
On the back of the case, you can find the PPG heart rate sensor and two charging contacts. Here I can also mention the unusual strap attachment. Yes, the strap itself is removable and to remove it you need to press the protruding element on the inside of the strap attachment.
The strap itself is made of silicone TPU material, which is very pleasant to the touch and does not cause allergic reactions when worn. The strap width was 20 mm.
During my test, I barely felt the Redmi Watch on my wrist. The weight of the watch is about 35 grams, which is very small for a modern smartwatch. I was even comfortable sleeping with them. Now I think it’s worth talking about the functions of the new smartwatch model.
Features, functions, and application
Before using the watch, they will offer you to download the mobile application via a QR code from the screen. After installing the Mi Fit app, if you don’t already have it, you can easily pair it with the wearable watch.
When the watch is fully paired with your mobile device, you can now fully control the various functions on the watch. The home screen of the watch greets me with a lot of useful information.
In addition, the manufacturer guarantees more than 120 different types of watch faces, and this is much more than, for example, the Amazift Bip U model. Let me remind you that the watch from Amazift has about 50 watch faces.
Of course, in order to download such a large number of watch faces, you will need to use a mobile application. Besides, I think that with the new updates the number of watch faces will be even more.
Now about control, if you swipe down from the main screen – we get to the quick settings menu. There are the following icons – flashlight, lock, do not disturb mode, vibration mode, and settings. And at the top of the screen, you can see the Bluetooth connection icons and the battery level.
In the settings menu, you can change the installed watch faces, there are also screen settings, and much more.
Swiping up from the home screen will take you to the recent notifications menu.
Now the fun part is the main menu with all the features. To go to this menu, you must press the button on the right side. The menu consists of many colored icons with different features. The first function is the training modes. There are seven different workouts used on the watch, which is not so many, but there is even a swimming workout in the pool.
The next features are notifications, heart rate, sleep, breathing, NFC, music, alarm clock, weather, and many others.
The user interface works very smoothly and fast. I did not find any significant problems with freezing and each function and feature opens quickly. I really liked the quick and adequate operation of the interface, which is important.
But there were also some drawbacks, for example, remember I talked about the presence of a multifunctional NFC module. So, it works only in China and it is still unknown whether the global version will be available. In addition, the voice control function will be useful only for those people who know Chinese.
Battery and run time
A rather big battery capacity of 320 mAh was installed inside the watch case. Therefore, the Redmi Watch will be able to work almost as well as the Bip U watch. The manufacturer indicates a battery life of about one week.
As my practice has shown, then in three days of active use, the watch was discharged by 52%. Therefore, I think that up to 6 days of work they will definitely hold out. The standby time was 12 days. It took me about 2 hours to fully charge the watch.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
If we compare Xiaomi Redmi Watch with Amazfit Bip U, then there are differences in functionality, but I cannot call them significant.
For example, the screen size is almost the same – it is 1.4 and 1.43 inches for Redmi and Amazfit watches, respectively. The screen resolution is also the same, and the quality of the matrix itself is the same.
In appearance, they can be easily distinguished by some design elements. The Redmi Watch has a rectangular button on the right side, while Amazfit has a round button.
In terms of functionality, they received a different user interface and some functions. Let’s say a watch from Redmi has more than 120 different watch faces, but Redmi has a sensor for tracking blood oxygen levels and more sports modes (about 52 instead of 7).
At the same time, the battery life of both watch models is about the same – about one week of continuous active work. For me personally, I liked the Redmi Watch better, but the Amazfit Bip U is also not bad.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Watch smartwatch at an interesting price for only $59.99 with a 30% discount.
I can definitely recommend the watch for purchase, as it received a responsive and fast user interface and many other positive aspects.