Xiaomi is known for its Mi fitness tracker (called the Mi Band), along with its Smart TVs, tablets, and other mobile products, but the company has not yet ventured into the smartwatch arena. According to a new report, the company will break into the smartwatch arena in Q2 2016.
Huami, the company behind the production of many of Xiaomi's products such as the Xiaomi Mi Band, has spilled the beans on the first Xiaomi smartwatch. From what we're told, the Xiaomi smartwatch will have a wider display than its Mi fitness band (which is no surprise for anyone that has examined fitness bands and smartwatches for some time now). "He [Huami CEO] confirmed that this watch will sport a bigger display than the Band 2, and that it will focus mostly on a particular function, and we're guessing it will be health oriented," the source says.
In addition to the wider display and health orientation of the device, the Xiaomi smartwatch will also run Xiaomi's own OS -- which means that there'll be no Android Wear OS here. This will give the company a chance to run its own software without the limitations that Google places on manufacturers within Android Wear. Of course, Casio has blazed its own trail with its WSD-F10 smartwatch that does run Android Wear (and includes its own software), but the new Xiaomi smartwatch may have a few surprises of its own.
The new Xiaomi smartwatch, with all this taken into account, will likely cost more than the Mi fitness band, so the price is a mystery for now.
Are you excited about the new Xiaomi smartwatch? Have you tried the Mi fitness band? Are you a fan of the product? What do you think the Xiaomi smartwatch will cost when it arrives to market?