Geek sporty or low budget Xiaomi wants to have a

Geek, sporty or low budget, Xiaomi wants to have a watch for everyone

Xiaomi is launching three new watches adapted to three different profiles: those who like to tinker and install apps, athletes and those on a budget.

Xiaomi is launching two connected watches, the Xiaomi Watch S3 and the Xiaomi Watch 2, as well as a connected bracelet, the Smart Band 8 Pro. The three have the same display technology, OLED, but also many differences.

Xiaomi watch 2

Undoubtedly the most interesting on paper: The Watch 2 is the manufacturer's second watch under Wear OS.

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As a reminder, this is the operating system supported by Google, which allows the installation of applications from the Play Store on the 32 GB of the watch and whose main advantage is therefore its great adaptability. The biggest concern is generally that the watches that use it have a limited autonomy, of the order of 1 to 3 days, while sports watches generally have up to 10 days.

The autonomy also depends on the chip, and here the watch is operated by a very current model, a Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1. This means that Xiaomi can promise 65 hours of autonomy. The chip can connect to Wi-Fi to download apps and uses Bluetooth 5.2 to communicate with your smartphone.

Surprise, the Xiaomi Watch 2 hides a dual band L1 + L5 GPS under its aluminum casing. This makes it easier for the watch to maintain the GPS signal even when you are moving in a covered area. Enough to achieve precision in your sports sessions.

In terms of measuring equipment, the watch is content with a heart sensor, but does not seem to have a VO2 Max sensor. It should therefore be suitable for an audience that wants a slightly geeky or lifestyle watch with a bit of sport activity, but not necessarily for an audience that aims for high levels of sporting performance.

Xiaomi watch S3

The Xiaomi Watch S3, on the other hand, is a watch with HyperOS, Xiaomi's new Android-based operating system. We should probably expect a connected watch that can't install third-party applications but has good battery life. Xiaomi also promises continuous use of up to 15 days.

The Watch S3 also focuses more on sports functions and offers a blood oxygen sensor in addition to the heart sensor.

Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro

Even if the difference between a connected bracelet and a connected watch is becoming increasingly difficult to define, Xiaomi certainly doesn't help us. Its Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro looks, let's be honest, like a connected watch with a square screen. The design is not very far from the Redmi Watch 4, except for the curved screen.

Nevertheless, the bracelet remains light and compact, weighing 22.5 g and being 10 mm thick. Gorilla Glass Victus is still used as the glass for the display, which should ensure good durability.

According to Xiaomi, the bracelet lasts almost 14 days. During this time you have the opportunity to practice up to 150 different sports (good luck), of course by recording your heart rate but also by measuring your sPO2. If we add a GPS we get an extremely competitive and aggressive watch.

Prices for Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, Xiaomi Watch 2 and Xiaomi Watch S3

Here are the prices of the three announced watches.

  • Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro: 69 euros;
  • Xiaomi Watch S3: 149 euros;
  • Xiaomi Watch 2: 199 euros.

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