Xiaomi has formally introduced its Mi Watch, a 4G smartwatch that might be launched in China for CNY 1,299 (£140/$185) on 11 November. It runs a customized Put on OS pores and skin and packs Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon Put on 3100 chipset.

Google has not let OEMs use closely modified variations of Put on OS prior to now, however contemplating its standing as a faltering platform, it seems to be prefer it has allowed Xiaomi to pores and skin the Mi Watch like it might its Android model. Xiaomi calls it MIUI for Watch and to our eyes, it seems to be loads like Apple’s watchOS,

That is according to the design of the Mi Watch, which can come below flack for wanting quite a bit like an Apple Watch, from the rounded rectangular physique to the digital crown and facet button. It’s greater than just a little blatant, however at half the worth with the identical performance, Xiaomi and Android followers may not be complaining.

It has a 1.78in AMOLED display screen, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, a coronary heart fee monitor and 4G choices through the in-built eSIM. Xiaomi quotes battery life at 36 hours from the 570mAh cell. It additionally packs in a blood oxygen sensor for deeper exercise stats.

9to5Google additionally reviews {that a} extra premium Mi Watch with a tougher sapphire glass display screen, metallic hyperlink strap and stainless-steel case (Apple Watch, anybody?) might be out there in December in China for 1,999 yuan (£220/$290).