We've heard that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi will announce its first smartwatch in the second half of 2016 and that it would run Xiaomi's own OS and be health-oriented (and that the upcoming smartwatch is only for adults; Xiaomi has already released a kid smartwatch), but little else is said. Now, out of the blue, a Xiaomi smartwatch sketch has appeared online, giving slightly more detail about what to expect from Xiaomi's smartwatch (though much still remains a mystery). Let's get into the details.
The Xiaomi smartwatch shows the "Mi" brand at the very top of the display on the bezel, which is Xiaomi's brand: the company markets its fitness band with the "Mi" moniker, and uses "Mi" in its Redmi Note series, for example, so that you need not wonder what company is behind the phone series' production. So, this part in and of itself seems legitimate.
The band itself doesn't look too thick, though there are two buttons on the right side of the display. This button placement matches what we've seen on Samsung's Gear S2, for example, with one button for returning to the main display and the other to go back to a previous screen. We don't know what Xiaomi's buttons on its "Mi" smartwatch will do, but these seem to be some potential uses for them.
Do you notice the line at the bottom of the circular display? This appears to be the same flat tire we've seen on the Moto 360 and the Fossil Q Founder, Android Wear smartwatches that don't have completely circular displays. We'd like to think this was a simple roaming line that was left there for the sake of a sketched drawing, but if this drawing is legitimate, then it means the Xiaomi Mi smartwatch will be yet another smartwatch with a flat tire. Now, there are sensors at the very bottom of the Moto 360's display that could explain why the "flat tire" bottom display portion exists, but LG and Samsung have crafted completely circular smartwatches without a flat tire -- so we hope Xiaomi takes cues from them instead of following Fossil and Motorola's lead in circular design.
The smartwatch seems to have a lot more bezel than circular display, which is often not the goal of sound smartwatch design, but keep in mind that this is a sketch and not the real prototype (so much could change between the sketch and something official from the company). And yet, we know that this smartwatch sketch will have you interested in learning just what to expect from this smartwatch. For that, you'll have to stay tuned to smartwatch.me.