A smartwatch has never been launched by Xiaomi’s budget sub-brand Redmi before, and its first entry turns out to be what you would expect: a fairly uninspiring build at a pretty enticing price.
The Redmi Watch has just launched for 299 yuan, or around $45, in China.
The watch comes in black, white and blue color versions and has a 1.4-inch rectangular touchscreen with curved glass.
A black-white, blue, green and pink silicone strap is available. On the side of the watch, there is a single toggle, with everything else on a connected mobile being controlled by the touchscreen or the Mi Fit app.
NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, a heart rate sensor, and waterproofing up to 50m are other specs. Xiaomi says that if you use a power-saving mode, the battery life would be good for up to 7 days, or 12 days.
Not unlike the Apple Watch, the UI and watch faces make heavy use of black backgrounds, although you can’t expect an OLED show at this price.
The watch will go on sale in China on December 1st, but in a slightly modified version, it will come to other markets, including the US.
XDA Developers recently dug up an FCC listing For an apparently near-identical watch named the Mi Watch Lite, which has not yet been released.