In the past, Xiaomi's products looked a lot like Apple versions, and Xiaomi & # 39; s first smartwatch, launched on November 5, seems to be no exception. From the pictures and video teasers Xiaomi released by Weibo earlier this week it shows a striking similarity with the Apple Watch (via XDA developers).
The watch has an almost identical rectangular touch screen with rounded corners and a look-like rotating ribbed crown button for scrolling, which is also located above a similar-looking pill-shaped button on the right side of the watch. That is exactly where you would find them on an Apple Watch. Although the face of the Xiaomi watch is a bit thicker and less rounded than the current Apple Watch Series 5 and the straps are not that slim, you can still easily confuse it with an Apple Watch. The name for the watch has not yet been announced, but 9to5Google name found "Mi Watch" in the code of the latest Wear OS app update, making that a likely name (and operating system) for the upcoming device.
It is Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth compatible, and it has an eSIM to make calls, according to the image. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor used in newer Wear OS devices.
Huami, Xiaomi & # 39; s exclusive partner and sole supplier of wearables, made a smart watch with the name Amazfit last year, and it also looked a lot like the Apple Watch. Xiaomi is also an investor in Huami. It is currently unclear whether Huami is in charge of making the Mi Watch.
Just like the design of the watch, the similarity with Apple products is nothing new. Xiaomi has been mimicking Apple for years and it goes beyond the products. Xiaomi & # 39; s wireless AirDots headphones looked like Apple AirPods. Xiaomi imitated Apple & # 39; s macOS Mojave & # 39; s color changing sand dune background. Xiaomi accidentally used an Apple Memoji ad in promoting his own animated augmented reality avatar counterpart, Mimoji. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has even copied Steve Jobs's signature black turtleneck and the "one more thing" slogan.
This is not the first time that Xiaomi seems to be ripped from Apple, and it probably won't be the last.