Report: Xiaomi to respond to Apple Watch with a smartwatch of its own

Report: Xiaomi to respond to Apple Watch with a smartwatch of its own
Considering that Xiaomi is known as "China's Apple," perhaps it is no surprise to hear that the manufacturer will soon be releasing a smartwatch of its own. The eagerly awaited Apple Watch is launching on April 24th. Xiaomi would obviously love to take advantage of Apple's propensity to create a rising tide that lifts all boats with a new product or feature.

The Xiaomi Smart Watch is rumored to have a large dial and could offer pulse wave velocity identification. This would permit users to verify their identity using their own individual pulse waves. Adding this feature to a smartwatch would be extremely difficult considering the amount of energy required to power it.

The Xiaomi Smart Watch is expected to feature a brushed metal design, similar to what we've seen on the back of the HTC One M9. It should come with a round dial and a thin design. And of course, being a Xiaomi device, it will probably be more affordable.

Besides a watch, Xiaomi is also said to be working on a sequel to its Mi Band fitness tracker. First launched last summer, one million of the bands were shipped by Xiaomi in the first three months of its existence. We should see a new NFC sensor stuffed in the wearable. The original model offered Bluetooth connectivity and an accelerometer.

At this point, Xiaomi has not offered any information regarding pricing or a launch date for either device.

source: 36Krypton (translated) via GizmoChina



1. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Is that even news ? That a copycat is going to copy what the industry leader does ?

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

If so then Phonearena is out of work to do. Xiaomi copies everyone but at least is good at it.

4. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Are you suggesting Apple invented smartwatches?

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

He is that delusional.

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Industry leader...yeah. Let's talk about the Apple Watch, that copied the design from the LG G Watch and Asus Zenwatch and just add some cheap rotating button on the side and expensive out-of-your-mind price. OMG, that's what the industry leader is all about! Yeah, there's nothing wrong when Apple copies, it's still innovation! OMG Apple! /s

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't be mad bro.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why does he have to be mad. 69% of the folks say they aren't interested in Apple over expensive, little toy that should be inside a cereal box for free.

24. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Don't read the article if you don''t like it. PA don't demand anything from you so let them write tech-related articles if they want to. Also, Apple didn't pioneer on smartwatch so stop flooding with stupid comments. What a whiner.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So Apple is leading the smartwatch industry now? It's not even on sale yet. An 69% of folks aren't even interested in the watch from Apple based on Reuters. Also Apple who claimed they were going to release 6M of them at launch, have cut the numbers back to 3M. Why? BECAUSE 69% of the folks don't want an overpriced piece of junk with poor battery-life from Apple. These writers no how toget foolish Apple fans to rise in anger. This company is making a watcvh, not because Apple is making one, because others have already created a market for them and thus they are following the trend. As any smart OEM would do. People didn't make a smartwatch because of Apple. They made them because of Kickstarters like pebble. Because of Android Wear and because of Samsung. Apple doesn't even have a product being sold yet.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well, we already know what it'll look like.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

Right...haha. Xiaomi is shameless. I'm not going to sit here & hate on them because I know they have to make their money, but we all know why their products won't be sold on U.S. shelves anytime soon.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro, I can't even get mad at em. They're making their money, and that's all good. People who are bothered by them copying Apple need to chill out. Let them do their thing.

27. ifdwt

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

Glad to hear you can't be bothered with patent infringment. There is a reason companies create patents - so that they rightfully benefit financially for the time and expense that went into developing new innovations. When companies like Xiaiomi blatently rip off other companies, this hurts everyone since innovation depends upon capital. What's the point of Apple, Samsung, Google, etc. putting money into research and design if other companies can take the end result, copy it, and make money without putting any of their own money into research or paying royalties? Why even have patent laws? This type of theft may be fine in China, where companies rip off others with impunity and face no legal or financial ramifications, but it won't fly outside of China, You can bet that Xiaomi will face many legal hurdles outside of China, as they should. It may be a laughing matter to you that companies like Xiaomi rip others off, but we do have something called a legal system for a reason.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man STFU with that crap. Let these companies handles their biz, and you buy their products sonnnn.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep I agree. Because Apple isn't going to sue them because they aren't a partner. Apple only sues partners that decide to compete with them in the same space. As history has shown. First it was Microsoft, then it was Samsung. Yet you have 5 OEM's who have a phone that runs Android, but physically they made the phones look exactly like the iPhone even down to the launcher being identical to iOS.. What has Apple done or said? Nothing! But they sued Samsung who doesn't even have a phone that looks identical. Hmmm!

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It worked for Pebble with their newest watch, so why not Xiaomi?

6. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Haters Gonna Hate... Xiaomi is good in inventing new products and design. I'm using Mi3 as my daily device.. It's the best in its price range. Super smooth... And some idiots calling xiaomi copycat..?? Wtf..

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

As usual, no matter what Chinese do, they will definitely get bashed. No matter what Apple/Samsung do, they will definitely get praised. This just shows how close-minded and stupid are people these days.

15. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Truth! OMG comment of the day.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung gets bashed every second, they get bashed way more than Xiaomi

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea funny thing is Samsung got bashed for the Galaxy S6 looking like the iPhone 6 But Apple never got bashed for the iPhone 6 looking like Samsung's Ativ S

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because the ATIV S predates the iPhone 6 and the design is so very similar. But Apple fanbois don't see that. The S6 looks nothing like the iPhone and even the ATIV S has a speaker grill that uses drilled round holes. Again, the fans see what they want because they are blind and stupid.


Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

Its just the way it is and its a shame. I think the chinese make exceptional products. I am currently enjoying a Huawei ascend g7 and I am very impressed with it and cant wait for their new flagship p8 to be announced and released. I will definitely go for it

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple is Chinese, they should get bashed. Stop ripping off others IP and claiming it to be your own. Sounds us like what the Chinese would do.


Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

I agree with you, I wish xiaomi products were sold in my country, I would love to buy the Mi note Pro. That would be an awesome phablet

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How does that stop you from buying it? Can't you still buy it?

25. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You can't argue with Apple/Android fanboys. They will always give tech discussions a bad name with their fanboyism.

41. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I don't know if you can call that "inventing new products".

10. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Xiaomi doesn't need to respond to Apple. Fake Apple Watch is on sale already. It seems like everything is fake in China.

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