Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

A little over a year has passed since Xiaomi decided to introduce the second generation of smartwatches called Xiaomi Watch Color 2.

I have previously tested the first generation of smartwatches from the Xiaomi brand in the Color line. Therefore, I was looking forward to the next generation of smart wearable devices to find out its main functions and features.

Therefore, in this review you can find out about the main differences between the first and second generation of smartwatches. I will also conduct full and in-depth testing, talk about the build quality and check the watch for battery life.

As for the cost, now you can purchase the new generation of smart watches Xiaomi Watch Color 2 for $180. Let me remind you that when the first generation of Xiaomi Watch Color was released, they cost the same. Although now the price tag for the first generation will cost you $100.

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If we go through the technical features, then the new watch received a 1.43-inch round AMOLED screen with a good resolution. There are also features such as Bluetooth calling, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, over 100+ different sports modes, and more.

In addition, the device has full protection against water under the 5ATM standard. The watch also stands out with a large built-in 430 mAh battery with battery life for 12 days of use. Also, the manufacturer has installed over 200+ different watch faces on the home screen.

Thus, let’s find out the main advantages and disadvantages of the new smartwatch model from Xiaomi, and also check it for comfort. Therefore full and deep testing, I want to start with unboxing and appearance.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2: Specifications

Xiaomi Watch Color 2:Specs
Screen:1.43 inch AMOLED screen with 466 x 466 pixels
Sensor:Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
IP standart:5ATM
Connection:Bluetooth 5.0
Battery:430 mAh
Standby time:up to 12 days
Size:46 x 46 x 11.2 mm
Weight:36g
Price:$179

Unboxing and packaging

The new watch model Xiaomi Watch Color 2 is delivered in a long cardboard package, which was made in white. On the front, there is a drawing with a picture of a smartwatch and its name. Icons with the main features were located on the ends of the package.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

As you can see, the packaging was done with Chinese characters. This means that I have a Chinese version of the watch. Currently, there is no global version of the watch yet and no one knows when it will be released.

Inside the package, I found the following components: the watch itself with a silicone strap, which lay at its full height. There was also an instruction manual and a charging dock with two contacts. That is, the package bundle was typical and standard, like most smart wearable devices.

Design, build quality and materials

The manufacturer Xiaomi offers a choice of three colors in white, black and blue. In addition, you can order yourself a variety of silicone straps. For example, they are available in yellow, red, and green.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

As for the materials used, the smartwatch of the new generation Xiaomi Watch Color 2 used a combination of two materials. The watch case was made of nice soft-touch plastic, but the bezel of the screen was made of an aluminum alloy.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

I had no particular complaints about the build quality. Since all the components were well connected to each other, and the buttons were pressed with good responsiveness and smoothness. Also during my testing, I did not detect any extraneous sounds or skips.

The device also stands out for its full protection against water under the 5 ATM standard. After my tests, the Watch Color 2 worked properly and I didn’t have any big troubles.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

The front of the device houses a 1.43-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 466 x 466 pixels. In the display settings, you could choose one of five brightness levels or use the automatic brightness mode. The last feature worked properly and I did not reveal any special complaints about its work.

The maximum brightness value was sufficient for using the watch outdoors in bright sunny weather. All information was read without any particular complaints. Also, the manufacturer Xiaomi confirms the use of an AMOLED matrix with a 60 Hz refresh rate. That is, the screen itself received very saturated and bright colors, and the black color had good depth and contrast.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

The back of the watch has sensors familiar to me – heart rate and other sensors for measuring health. Also here you can see two contacts for the magnetic docking station, that is, its recharging. Here you can also find holes for the speaker and microphone.

But on the right side of the device, there are two buttons, where the top one is responsible for turning on the watch or entering the main menu. In this case, the lower button activates the sports modes of the smartwatch.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

It is good that Xiaomi did not experiment with the strap and left the standard removable strap with a width of 22 mm. Therefore, if necessary, you can easily replace the strap with any other option. If we talk about the standard strap that comes out of the box, it was made from a nice silicone material.

The watch was not very large when worn, so I could wear the Watch Color 2 all day and not feel any fatigue. Thanks to the plastic case of the watch, the smart device weighed about 36 grams. In addition, I believe that this watch model is suitable for both men and women. Well, I figured out the appearance, now let’s talk about the main features of the device.

Functions, controls and mobile app

I would like to start the functionality of the Xiaomi Watch Color 2 smartwatch from the main dial. As I said earlier, you can use over 200+ different watch face styles in the device. To change the watch faces on the watch, you need to hold your finger on the main screen of the watch for a few seconds or go to the settings in its first section, managing the watch faces.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

As for the basic controls, it remains the same as on most models of smartwatches. For example, swiping down will take you to the recent notifications section. Here I can note that the text was displayed more or less normally, but the emoticons were black and white.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

With the opposite swipe up, you will be taken to the quick settings menu. In this section, I found the following icons: do not disturb mode, screen activation by raising your hand, silent mode, flashlight, automatic brightness adjustment and settings.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

In the basic settings, there are sections such as Bluetooth for connecting headphones wirelessly. There is also Wi-Fi pairing with a mobile app, sound settings, screen brightness, do not disturb mode, exercise, lock, vibration and system settings.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

If you go to the home screen and swipe left or right, you will notice several widgets. The widgets themselves are customizable and through the mobile application, you can change some designation of information. Of the useful features, I can single out such functions as tracking the distance traveled, steps, calories, music player, weather, sleep and others.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

Now let’s talk about the main menu and its applications. First, note that you can choose to display the main application menu in a list or a grid. But since the list is very large, the grid will be more preferable in this case. The first feature is workouts, and here the device supports 117 types of different workouts. During your workout, you can control the music and this is a very handy feature.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

In addition, during training, the GPS module is activated and through the mobile application you can analyze the distance traveled on the map. I would like to note that the GPS module worked properly and I had no particular complaints about its work.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

The following main menu features are activity log, pulse, blood oxygen level SpO2, sleep, stress, breathing exercise, women’s calendar, voice assistant, weather, wallet, call log, music, alarms, stopwatch, timer, compass, smartphone search, flashlight , and settings.

Also, among the interesting features, you can highlight a calculator, installation of third-party mobile applications. But the list of available applications in the Watch Color 2 smartwatch store is not very wide. Therefore, I think that in the future the number of applications will increase.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

If we talk about the mobile application itself, then it is called Xiaomi Wear. After a simple pairing, you will see the following features, such as activities throughout the day, week or even month. That is, all statistics of steps taken, distance, calories, sleep, heart rate, SpO2, energy, menstrual cycle and more are located here.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

There are also sports training that can be activated via a smartphone. There is a health section in which you can find useful features with a reminder to walk, do exercises and much more. There are also general clock settings: settings for notifications, heart rate, sleep, oxygen, stress monitoring, third-party applications, weather, sorting widgets, schedule modes, do not disturb and much more.

Battery and run time

Inside the case of the second generation Xiaomi Watch Color 2 smartwatch, I found a 430 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

The manufacturer guarantees about 12 days with active use of the watch, but in reality everything will depend on your use. For example, I managed to discharge the device in 2 days. But during my testing, I absolutely activated all the functions and features.

That is, the watch had active Always-On Display functions, various reminders, enabled notifications, calls and much more. If you use the watch in an energy-saving mode, then the battery life will be about 24 days, as the manufacturer assures. Although the number of functions will be limited and the functionality of the watch will not differ from typical smart bracelets.

As for the charging time, the device was charged from 0 to 100% in 2.5 hours.

Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 – the new generation of smartwatches turned out to be very good, especially when compared with the first generation.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

The advantages I can attribute is the presence of a good functionality of features. For example, the watch received features such as Bluetooth calling, headphone connection via Bluetooth 5.2 connection, and much more. Note that there were no such features in the first generation.

I also liked the fact that the watch has an app store. Therefore, you will be able to install third-party applications on Xiaomi smartwatches. I can also highlight the presence of accurate GPS work, heart rate and blood oxygen level SpO2. At the same time, the user interface itself worked quite quickly and smoothly.

Xiaomi Watch Color 2 Review: What's interesting about second generation of smartwatches?

In addition, I liked the bright and juicy clock screen using the AMOLED matrix. But on the downside, at the moment, I can attribute this lack of a global version of the firmware. Therefore, for now, the device only has Chinese.

Price and where to buy cheaper?

Now everyone is able to buy the second generation of smartwatches, the Xiaomi Watch Color 2 at a price of $179.56 with a 15% discount.

But I would wait for the release of the global firmware, since using the Chinese language outside the territory of China will not be a very convenient and comfortable occupation. That is, of course, except for the fact that you are not trying to learn Chinese.

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