Xiaomi’s budget sub-brand Redmi has never released a smartwatch, and its first entry ends up being what you’d anticipate: a pretty unsuitable design at a pretty attractive cost. The Redmi Watch just launched in China for 299 yuan, or about $45.
The watch has a 1.4-inch rectangular display with curved glass, and it comes in black, white, and blue color variants. The silicone strap is accessible in black, white, blue, green, and pink. There’s a single button on the watch, with all that else being taken care of by the touchscreen or the Mi Fit application on a paired cell phone.
Different specs incorporate NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, a heart rate monitor, and waterproofing up to 50m. Xiaomi claims that battery life will be useful for as long as 7 days, or 12 days in the event that you use a power-saving mode. The UI and watch faces make heavy use of black backgrounds, much the same as the Apple Watch, however at this value you can’t expect an OLED display.
The watch will go on sale in China on December first, however it might come to different markets — incorporating the US — in a marginally changed form. XDA Developers recently uncovered an FCC listing for an apparently close indistinguishable watch called the Mi Watch Lite, which actually hasn’t been released.