While Xiaomi has produced a ton of different fitness bands and smart wearables, few have the same impact that its latest entry comes with. Known as the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro, the device is Xiaomi’s new flagship smartwatch, which features some capable hardware, in addition to Google’s Wear OS wearable system.
Hardware and Design
In terms of design, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro has a sleek and modern style that incorporates a round look, which to be honest is a nice change of pace from the myriad of smart wearables out there which ape Apple’s rounded square design with the Apple Watch. At the centre of the device is a 1.43-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 466 x 466 pixels and a refresh rate of 60Hz, surrounded by a stainless steel case that’s available in in two colours including Black and Silver.
Other details including a rotating crown and action buttons for system navigation, built-in NFC and GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, and a microphone and speaker for taking calls on your watch. The Watch 2 Pro is also 5ATM water resistant, making it safe to wear in the shower or at the pool.
Internals and Software
Inside the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 processor, which is something that we’ve seen on a ton of other Wear OS devices this year, thanks to solid performance and efficiency. The watch comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, meaning that you can install a good number of apps onboard. For power, there’s a 495 mAh battery onboard, which Xiaomi says can last up to 65 days on standby.
As we mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro runs on Google’s Wear OS 3, although it does come with Xiaomi’s own MIUI Watch overlay. MIUI Watch is essentially a custom Wear OS skin from Xiaomi, and it adds a number of Xiaomi-exclusive features and software to the base operating system.
In addition to Wear OS and compatibility with Google’s wearable apps, the device has a comprehensive health and fitness tracking system, allowing users to track over 150 different sports modes, as well as metrics including heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleep quality, and stress levels. Users can also use onboard ECG monitoring, body composition analysis, and VO2 max tracking, making for a well-rounded smart wearable + fitness tracking experience.
Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is available for purchase now from Xiaomi’s official website and from select retailers, starting at £249 for the Bluetooth model and £299 for the LTE model. Given the low price, the Watch 2 Pro fits right into Xiaomi’s playbook of offering relatively-affordable devices that don’t necessarily skimp on hardware and performance. By comparison, other Wear OS devices such as the TicWatch Pro 5 and Galaxy Watch 6 go beyond the 300-quid price point, giving the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro an advantage in terms of pricing.
Will you be grabbing the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro, or are you using a Wear OS watch from a different manufacturer? Let us know in the comments below!