The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is here! It’s officially one of the best budget smartwatches on the market in 2021. But, don’t forget the Mi Band 5 is still around (though we’re anticipating a June release for the Xiaomi Mi Band 6).
Looking for a watch with a bigger display and more smart features? Read on, and we’ll help you decide if the Xiaomi MI Watch Lite is for you.
Usually, we’d start with the watch design, but the smart features are what sets it apart from the Mi Band 5.
The Mi Watch Lite offers a variety of watch faces to choose from, but not a lot. Future updates could see more added, though.
As you should expect from a smartwatch, you can get notifications for calls, texts, and apps. It acts as a camera shutter so you can walk away from your smartphone and use your watch to take the photo instead of the camera timer. Also, you can use it to control your music.
Xiaomi says the battery will last up to 9 days, and it takes around 2 hours to charge fully.
You can get the basics on this watch, like steps, calories, heart rate (which is 24-hour), and sleep tracking. What’s missing is more advanced features like VO2 Max (blood oxygen levels) and Sp02.
There are 11 sport modes, but you’re limited to those with no option to create a custom workout mode. However, the watch is water-resistant to 50m so that you can use the swimming mode. Better still, it does have onboard GPS (and GLONASS), compass, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope and PPG sensor, which makes it the perfect companion for outdoor running, walking or hiking.
As we see more often, wellbeing features are included, too. The Mi Watch Lite offers breathing sessions between 1 and 5 minutes in duration, set at a rhythm of your choosing.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite Design
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite has a similar look to the Fitbit Versa 2 or 3 and Apple Watch 6. With rounded corners on a square display. The crown has a curved edge with a gloss finish. The bezels are pretty big around the 1.4-inch touchscreen display. Speaking of which, rather than using AMOLED, you’ll find an LCD. We assume this was done to keep the cost of the device low as Xiaomi is a budget brand, after all. Plus, it works better for the battery.
The display is bold and bright, even though it’s not AMOLED. You can adjust the brightness. The touchscreen is easy to use and responsive. You don’t get a scrolling feature as you may expect, more a flick between screens or menu items.
Physically speaking, on the right of the case, you’ll find the only physical button. The case and band are both plastic. The strap is interchangeable, so if there’s another colour you want, you can change your style. Though the mechanism on the strap is proprietary, so you’re locked into using Xiaomi bands. What has to be noted is how comfortable this watch is!
Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite Conclusion
At under $100, the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is an excellent basic smartwatch with essential fitness tracking features. It’s akin to the Garmin Vivosport 4. So if you’re a beginner at fitness or you’re on a budget, this watch is perfect.
If you want something that will offer more in-depth data, we cannot recommend Fitbit highly enough. Fitbit is famous for its reasonably-priced but reliable and accurate fitness tracking capabilities. Check out our Fitbit comparison article here.
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Last Updated on April 22, 2021