Xiaomi has formally unveiled the Mi Watch: an Apple Watch lookalike that runs a skinned model of Google Put on OS with costs beginning at $185 (CNY 1,299).

We first noticed a glimpse of the Mi Watch final week after we famous its bodily similarities to Apple’s smartwatch. There’s a curved rectangular touchscreen, a knurled crown for scrolling, and a pill-shaped button proper beneath that — all the identical as Apple’s machine.

However Xiaomi has now shared extra particulars in regards to the Mi Watch, and it does sound like a succesful little competitor. Engadget stories that it has a 1.78-inch AMOLED show with 326ppi pixel density and a 570mAh battery, which Xiaomi claims is sweet for 36 hours of use. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Put on 3100 processor and 1GB of RAM, and it comes with 8GB of inside storage. There’s additionally Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC performance, a coronary heart fee monitoring function, and eSIM assist for 4G connectivity.

The large differential (aside from the value) is Xiaomi’s customized software program pores and skin for Put on OS: MIUI For Watch. This seems to be prefer it provides Google’s OS a vaguely Apple-ish {visual} overhaul. Xiaomi has created its personal apps for the machine, together with light-weight variations of its Duties, Recorder, and Notes apps, and MIUI For Watch may also have its personal app retailer.

Rounding out the function set are numerous well being capabilities, which Xiaomi deployed to nice impact in its low-cost and {popular} Mi Good Band. Based on TechRadar, these embrace a blood oxygen sensor, sleep and train monitoring, and one thing referred to as “physique vitality monitoring.” The Mi Watch can also be apparently water-proof for swimming.

The dangerous information is that the smartwatch will solely be on sale in China initially. The essential watch can be out there for $185 (CNY 1,299) on November 11th, with a flashier model (with a stainless-steel case and steel strap) coming later within the yr for round $290 (CNY 1,999). It’s potential that the Mi Watch may also launch in different international locations within the months to come back. Alongside the watch, Xiaomi additionally {today} unveiled the CC9 Professional: a smartphone with a 108-megapixel digicam.

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