Xiaomi did not have time to release a global version of its smartwatch Mi Watch, as it already introduced the next smartwatch which was called Xiaomi Mi Watch Color.
In the first review, I will share my impression of the new watch model and tell you the main advantages and disadvantages.
I note right away that a watch is much cheaper than an older brother and now the official price for Xiaomi Mi Watch Color in China is 799 yuan or $115. If you look at the price of the Mi Watch model, then you can buy it up to $190. The difference is significant, but the functionality is different, but more on that later.
The main feature of the new watch is the runs of Google Wear OS, like its predecessor. Also, the device received a standard round screen with dimensions of 1.39 inches and AMOLED technology. In addition, the Watch Color smartwatch got GPS, NFC, and good 420 mAh battery capacity.
Before I talk about the main functions of a smartwatch, I will share my impressions of unpacking and appearance.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color: Specifications
|Xiaomi Mi Watch Color:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.39 inch AMOLED screen with 454 x 454 pixels|
|IP standart:||5ATM waterproof|
|Connection:||Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, Glonass, NFC, and GPS|
|Standby time:||up to 14 days|
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color: Unboxing
Like the previous generation Xiaomi Mi Watch, the new watch came to me for a test in the same long box, but already white. On the front part, you can see only the picture of the watch and without any inscriptions and names.
The back of the box has a sticker with basic technical features and specifications. Of course, I have a version for the Chinese market, so all the inscriptions are in the native language.
Inside the box, I was met by a user manual with instructions for use, and under it was the watch itself in a special plastic neckline. Even lower, there was a round-shaped charging dock.
In general, the packaging is very similar to the Mi Watch model and it looks quite attractive and prestigious, given its low price.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color: Design
As I said, the main and biggest difference between the two Xiaomi Mi Watch Color and Mi Watch models is the shape of the dial. The new model has a round shape, and the Mi Watch, as you can remember, is square and looks very much like an Apple Watch.
For me, the round dial is much better than the square, but the round model has its drawbacks. For example, the screen size of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Color is 1.39 inches, and the frames around the screen are quite large, so the watch is similar in size to the model of Mi Watch, but they have a screen size of 1.78 inches. Another drawback of the round screen is the limited control area of the touch screen and the square screen does not have these problems.
If I have already touched the screen, let’s talk a little about it. The screen resolution was 454 x 454 pixels and these values are slightly larger than the Mi Watch model. Despite the fact that the resolution is larger and the screen size is smaller, therefore, the pixel density of the Mi Watch Color will naturally be higher.
The screen quality is at a high level due to the AMOLED matrix, the colors are very realistic and vibrant. It is worth noting the presence of the Alway-On Display function, which by the way was also on the predecessor. The screen brightness is quite high and I did not find any problems with readability even in sunny weather.
In terms of aesthetics, the Mi Watch Color smartwatch looks pretty and will look good on the wrist of a big hand. I want to note that on a female or thin hand, the watch will look a little awkward due to the large size of the diameter of the dial.
The side of the case and the front is made of metal alloy and looks very beautiful and I have no comments on the appearance.
The back is already made of matte plastic. Here, I see heart rate sensors and a sleep sensor, there are also contacts for charging.
The watch is controlled via the touch screen and two buttons on the right side of the watch. The upper one is the inclusion and transition to the main menu, and the lower one is for switching on the training modes.
A little about the strap, the Mi Watch Color smartwatch has a 22 mm wide silicone strap, which is very pleasant to the touch and it sits well on the wrist. An important feature of the strap is interchangeability and the new model of smartwatches from Xiaomi will not have this problem.
Of course, for many people, a certain factor is important, like protection from water and I want to please that the smartwatch has a 5ATM standard and you can dive with it to a depth of 50 meters.
My personal opinion is that the Xiaomi Mi Watch Color smartwatch got pretty interesting, albeit with simple design in a minimalist style.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color: Features and Functions
The main problem with Xiaomi Mi Watch Color today is the Chinese version. When the watch arrives with global firmware, there is no official information yet. If you recall the Mi Watch, which is also from the Chinese version, but when pairing with the phone in English, you will have the settings for Mi Watch in English too. In the case of Mi Watch Color, everything will be only in Chinese and this is sad.
The first time you turn on the watch, it will give you a QR code that you scan through your mobile device and download the Chinese Wear OS app. The connection is very similar to that of the older model and I had no problems.
If you successfully connect to the Wear OS application, you will have all the available functions to use the smartwatch for your own purposes.
The main standard dial looks like an analog watch with red hands. You can also see day to a week, weather, battery level, calories, steps, and heart rate. Naturally, in the application menu, the manufacturer has provided more than 150 different watch faces for every taste.
If you swipe from right to left, you can scroll through various functions and they are similar to the Mi Watch model. For example, heart rate, analysis of sleep, steps, weather, NFC settings and Wear OS applications.
But if you want to get a swipe from the main screen, like on the Mi Watch model, into the quick settings section or read notifications, then you will have such an opportunity.
When you press the top button, you get to the main menu and it looks similar to the Mi Watch. The same icons, like the shape and colors.
But the functionality is slightly different since the Xiaomi Mi Watch Color smartwatch does not have Wifi and eSIM support. Therefore, there are some differences at the top of the list, that is, there are no contacts and a call section, like the Xiaomi Mi Watch. As you can guess, you can’t receive calls or make calls through the Mi Watch Color model.
The rest of the functions remained almost unchanged and here I found, for example, sports modes, notifications, heart rate, sleep, alarm clock, stopwatch, flashlight and much more. Naturally, with the lack of a wireless Wi-Fi connection, you were unable to install additional applications to expand the capabilities.
Additional features include wireless Bluetooth 5.0, the presence of built-in GPS and multi-functional NFC. Contactless payment is available only for AliPay, that is, for China, but as the manufacturer indicates. Also, the user can use the NFC sensor for smart home devices. For example, opening a door lock or other functions of a smart home.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color: Battery
In the smartwatch, Mi Watch Color, a 420 mAh capacitive battery was installed, which is able to work for about two weeks in average mode.
Of course, this is a much nicer result than the older brother Xiaomi Mi Watch, which can work for about 2 days.
The charging time from 0 to 100% was about 2 hours through a magnetic docking station.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color: Conclusion and Reviews
My first acquaintance with Xiaomi Mi Watch Color went with positive emotions, but I can’t call the watch completely smart.
One of the main features of the Mi Watch model is the presence of a speaker and microphone to make phone calls, but the new Mi Watch Color model does not have this feature. Another disadvantage is the lack of a Wi-Fi connection, so it will be impossible to install additional applications.
The positive aspects of smartwatches are pretty good, and I can attribute them to them: it is an attractive design and fast operation of the Wear operating system with a large number of functions. The most important thing for me is the battery life on one charge level up to 14 days.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color: Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now it is impossible to buy the official version, but the Chinese version of Xiaomi Mi Watch Color is priced at $115. If you compare prices with the Amazfit GTR or GTS models, then the Mi Watch Color will have all the advantages in sales and functionality.
Currently, I can’t advise buying a Mi Watch Color smartwatch, but when they present it with the global version, then I don’t see any problems.