Xiaomi has given a global launch to the S1 Pro smartwatch at MWC 2023 in Barcelona.
The device was much rumored to launch at the show – and Xiaomi has confirmed that it will cost £299 ($350) and launches on the Mi Store. It's unlikely to get a full US release.
Leading the changes is a larger screen, with a 1.47-inch AMOLED display and 480 x 480 resolution.
That’s a slight jump in size and resolution from the standard Xiaomi Watch S1, and there's been a reduction in the size of the bezels for an overall improved design.
The S1 Pro also adds a crown to the case, which replaces one of the buttons on the older model.
The case has also changed slightly with amended lugs. There are two options available, black with a fluoroelastomer strap, or silver with a brown leather band.
Both devices have an always-on display, and both use a sapphire crystal for improved scratch resistance over glass.
Xiaomi has also added a temperature sensor to its device, although it’s not clear how this will be utilized as part of the standard health tracking offering.
GPS is on board, as well as a PPG heart rate monitor with SpO2, but there’s no ECG on board.
There are 14 days of battery thanks to a 500mAh battery.
This will of course be shorter when some of the more advanced features and turned on – but it’s an excellent headline figure that will be sure to turn heads.
This was one of the worst-kept secrets, but it’s a solid smartwatch with some excellent numbers on the spec sheet.
However, £299 is a lot of money to tempt people to buy a Xiaomi smartwatch – and these Android devices don’t have core features such as wrist-based payments, or an App Store.
Battery life is a head-turner – but we’re not sure that this will be the device that gives Xiaomi the foothold it craves in the European smartwatch market.
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