Two for the price of one here, as Xiaomi’s pair of smartwatches are yet to get a formal US release, but they are a formidable offering, with top sport features at a great price.
The flagship is the round-faced Xiaomi Mi Watch, which packs in GPS, heart rate monitoring, SpO2 and 117 workout modes. It’s a good-looking smartwatch with a punchy 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 AMOLED display. There’s 5ATM water resistance and a 16 day battery life.
The sports tracking and health data is excellent, and you get Firstbeat analytics from workout data – although we had some issues with heart rate accuracy. This can undermine some of the advanced stats, but it doesn’t put us off recommending to casual fitness users.
It’s available for 119/149 – but if that still seems too pricey you can opt for the Mi Watch Lite.
The Mi Watch Lite packs a square 1.4-inch TFT LCD display, which is noticeably duller than its sibling. The touchscreen functionality is also reduced to taps, that can be a little unresponsive. It’s a much more budget ensemble, but you do get a lot for just £50/€50.
There’s GPS, a heart rate monitor and 17 workout modes. It’s not the kind of sports tracking that will rival Garmin or the Apple Watch, but impressive at this price point none-the-less.
The global rollout has reached Europe and Asia, but there’s no word on the US. The on-going trade issues with China has seen the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi hold back on US markets. That means that the Amazfit GTR 2e and Amazfit Bip U is still the best picks for US shoppers.