Xiaomi is rapidly expanding its product portfolio with unique electronic gadgets and it seems like the company is preparing yet another device for the near future. Xiaomi's smartwatch has been in the news for a while now and the company's VP Liu De has also confirmed its existence. An official launch date for the Mi Smartwatch has not been announced yet, but the company added a new smartwatch category the under smart devices section on their official website, hinting at an early release, GizmoChina spotted.
Liu De confirmed at a press conference in Beijing in April that Xiaomi Smartwatch would be released in the second half of this year. The smartwatch is widely expected to be manufactured by Xiaomi's long-term wearables partner Huami, the manufacturer of the successful Mi Band fitness trackers, whose CEO had reportedly confirmed that the smartwatch would launch in September, TechPP reported.
Technically, the upcoming Mi Smartwatch won't be the first by Xiaomi as it recently launched the Mi Bunny Smartwatch for kids. The kid's smartwatch cost ¥299 and is available only in China. Going by Xiaomi's strategy, we can expect the Mi Smartwatch to be priced competitively.
The details about the Mi Smartwatch are limited, but rumours suggest that a round dial look with brushed metal design is in the offing. The Xiaomi smartwatch is expected to come with a new biometric system called pulse wave velocity identification, which apparently measures arterial stiffness and can read blood pressure levels without the need for a cuff. The smartwatch will include an accelerometer, a barometer and a vibrator motor.
Earlier this week, a basic design sketch of the Mi smartwatch was leaked to show some key aspects of the external look. The company's logo was seen at the top of the round dial and two physical buttons on the right side. The smartwatch would also feature a flat tire design like the first-gen Moto 360. But there are several other details to be confirmed such as its battery capacity, operating system and price.