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Looks like Xiaomi's budget smartwatch is all set to step out of China
- Xiaomi could soon launch the Mi Band 5 and Mi Band Revolve in India.
- The two wearables might be targeted at the budget fitness tracker segment.
When (and if) it launches, the Mi Watch Revolve will be Xiaomi’s first smartwatch in India. It’s believed to be a rebranded Mi Watch Color that’s already out in China. The smartwatch was also previously spotted in the Mi Watch App with the same design as its Chinese counterpart.
The rounded Mi Watch Color is a cheaper alternative to Xiaomi’s Apple Watch lookalike — the Mi Watch. It’s also more akin to a fitness watch than a full-featured smartwatch in that it doesn’t make/receive phone calls or support third-party apps. It does, however, get a host of fitness tracking features and boasts 14-day battery life. It also features an AMOLED display, NFC (at least in China), 5ATM water resistance, and Bluetooth 5.0.
As for the Mi Band 5, we’ve already seen the fitness tracker launch globally. We don’t expect any changes to its specs when it comes to India, except for the removal of NFC, SpO2 tracking, and a voice assistant. Xiaomi doesn’t offer these features in the global variant of the fitness band, so it won’t be wrong to assume that the India model also lacks them. However, Xiaomi launched the Mi Pay digital payments platform in India last year, so there is a reason for it add NFC to the Indian model of the Mi Band 5.
Mi Watch Revolve and Mi Band 5 India price
According to 91Mobiles, the Mi Watch Revolve will be available in Chrome Silver and Midnight Black colorways in India. Xiaomi launched the Mi Watch Color in China for 799 yuan (~$112). However, its price has since dropped to 599 yuan (~$84). If the Mi Watch Revolve is indeed a rebranded Mi Watch Color, customers in India can expect to pay around Rs 6,500 for it.
The Mi Band 5 retails for 189 yuan (~$27) in China, but Xiaomi pricing in India tends to be a little higher than in its home market. So expect an Indian price slightly higher than a direct currency conversion of Rs 2,026 would suggest.
There’s no word on an exact release date for the two wearables. We’ll update this article when we know more.
Also read: Mi Band 5 review: Taking the fight to Fitbit