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Xiaomi's Mi Watch is an Apple Watch look-alike that costs just $ 185

Xiaomi has the Mi Look: an Apple Watch lookalike with a skin version of Google Wear OS with prices from $ 185 (CNY 1,299).

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We saw a glimpse of the Mi Watch for the first time last week when we noticed his physical similarities to Apple's smartwatch. There is a curved rectangular touch screen, a jagged crown for scrolling and a pill-shaped button just below – all the same as Apple's device.

But Xiaomi has now shared more details about the Mi Watch and it sounds like a capable little smartwatch competitor. Engadget reports that it has a 1.78-inch AMOLED display with a pixel density of 326ppi and a battery of 570 mAh, which Xiaomi claims is good for 36 hours of use. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor and 1 GB RAM and comes with 8 GB internal storage. There is also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC functionality, a heart rate monitoring function and eSIM support for 4G connectivity.

The big difference (apart from the price) is the modified software shell from Xiaomi for Wear OS: MIUI For Watch. This looks like it gives Google's operating system a vague visual renewal of Apple-like. Xiaomi has also created its own apps for the device, including lightweight versions of the Tasks, Recorder and Notes apps, and MIUI For Watch also has its own app store.

Completion of the function set are various health functions, which Xiaomi has implemented with great effect in its cheap and popular Mi Smart Band. According to TechRadar, these include a blood oxygen sensor, sleep and training registration and something that & # 39; body energy monitoring & # 39; is called. The Mi Watch is apparently also water-resistant for swimming.

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The bad news is that the smartwatch will initially only be available in China. The standard watch is available for $ 185 (CNY 1,299) on November 11, with a flashier version (with a stainless steel case and metal strap) later in the year for around $ 290 (CNY 1,999). It is possible that the Mi Watch will also be launched in other countries in the coming months.