Xiaomi teases Apple Watch-inspired Wear OS smartwatch for imminent announcement

Xiaomi teases Apple Watch-inspired Wear OS smartwatch for imminent announcement
For several years now, Google has largely relied on Fossil-licensed brands and companies like Mobvoi to keep the Wear OS platform alive in terms of hardware releases. But as global smartwatch sales continue to escalate, the search giant seems to be taking the wearable industry more seriously than ever, with Pixel Watch speculation reignited all of a sudden, alongside rumors of a potential Fitbit acquisition following a $40 million deal earlier this year for a (not so) mysterious piece of Fossil technology.

On top of it all, it appears a new device manufacturer will be joining the Wear OS family soon, and for once, we're not talking about some obscure tech startup or a fashion brand unlikely to ever sell smartwatches for the masses. This time around, a bona fide tech giant is looking to release a wearable device powered by Google's divisive operating system formerly known as Android Wear, and its official announcement might be closer than many expected.

Specifically, it looks like Xiaomi plans to throw its hat in the Apple-dominated ring as early as next week, November 5, according to a teaser image shared on the company's social media channels and picked up by the always resourceful folks over at WinFuture (translated). While the image doesn't reference Wear OS in any way, we already have pretty rock-solid information a Xiaomi Mi Watch running Google's wrist software is in the pipeline.

What the teaser seems to reveal is that this long overdue Mi Watch will derive some aesthetical inspiration from the Apple Watch lineup, with what sure looks like a rectangular body and a familiar rotating crown as well as a more discreet button on one side of the gadget. That's hardly surprising if we look back at some of Xiaomi's early smartphone and tablet designs (remember the Mi Pad?), and besides, if you want to "borrow" ideas from someone, at least go straight to the peak of the global vendor ranks.

In case you're wondering, this will be Xiaomi's rookie smartwatch effort... under its name, having previously backed Amazfit-branded devices while also selling tens of millions of fitness bands around the world. Granted, the Xiaomi Mi Band family never officially made its way to the US, but budget-friendly Amazfit smartwatches can be found at major retailers like Best Buy and Amazon, so there might be some hope for a Mi Watch release stateside following a November 5 announcement in China. Stay tuned!

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5 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’ll be honest, while the comment section usually hates on manufacturers every day for copying each other, I think as long as you bring the same features or more for a cheaper price then I’m game. It doesn’t matter who does it because at the end of the day if I can buy a $100 smart watch that looks and acts the same as a $400 one then who cares?

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 656; Member since: May 02, 2016

Bro I agree with you .. but this doesn't apply to Xiaomi .. When they copy they just want to imitate .. specially when they copy from Apple, why do you think they call them "Apple of China" .. you won't get the same experience, the first designed the feature keeping the user in mind, the other redesigned it in the same way just to get a piece of the cake

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They copy to imitate. They redesigned to get a piece of the cake, while the original designed with user in mind. Lol. Aren't you spot-on, savant? BTW, I'm typing this on a Xiaomi phone and It looks nothing like an iPhone.

6. terhesg

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

I think Xiaomi is a good brand. I never had a Xiaomi phone, just tested them for a few days. They made phones from Ceramic, Stainless steal etc. so I can't call them cheap, however the phone is $700, not $1400 like an iPhone. They use the best hardware on the market, that's make me really really curious which SoC are they going to use in this watch? Don't tell me the 3100 SD, I know that 430 coming for watches but we haven't really heard anything. Few days, we will see.

7. www.pakmegaplace.com

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 28, 2019

Curious about this, especially if it’s fairly cheap.

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