Chinese smartwatch manufacturer Xiaomi, known for making smartwatches for the little ones, was rumored to have a smartwatch in the works for a product unveil later this year. Little else was said at that time, but a sketch appearing a few days ago gives more credence to the rumors we've heard and received. Now, it appears as though Xiaomi has decided to give up on concealing its upcoming smartwatch and take steps toward announcing it -- even if those steps become knowledge of the tech media.
The latest evidence to suggest a Xiaomi smartwatch is on the radar for this year concerns the company's new decision to place the smartwatch category on its product website. The discovery shows a website in Chinese ("Xiaomi" itself is Chinese), so we can't see the English translation -- but those who know Chinese have confirmed as much.
Xiaomi could be trolling us all with a Xiaomi smartwatch, but it's highly unlikely the company is doing this to give us a summer version of April Fool's Day. Instead, Xiaomi does look to bring a smartwatch to market this Fall for its customer base and hopes to win a great deal of Android smartwatch fans, too.
The Xiaomi smartwatch specs include a 1.3-inch, circular display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 512MB of RAM, possibly 4GB of storage (as has been the case for 98% of all smartwatches currently on the market), and a metal strap and hardware design similar to the Motorola Moto 360.
Xiaomi will unveil the Xiaomi smartwatch in September, and the company's decision to bring the product category to its website is tangible, irrefutable proof. Now, it's just a matter of waiting for the remaining leaks and information to surface.
Would the rumored $152 price tag convince you to buy a Xiaomi smartwatch?