We have many posts about Xiaomi smartwatches and fitness bracelets, but most of them have been produced by sub-brands, such as Huami, Amazfit and Haylou. A couple of months ago, the Chinese company released its first smartwatch called Xiaomi Mi Watch.
You can read our first review of Xiaomi Mi Watch by this link.
December 25, Xiaomi announced another smartwatch called Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City. So far, the new smartwatch is only available on YouPin crowdfunding platform. In other words, you cannot buy it yet.
The new smartwatch Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City has a classic design, stainless steel case, 1.3-inch AMOLED display, exclusive watch face, voice control, IP68 water protection and Wear OS.
Let’s do the first review of Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City. Is it better or worse than Xiaomi Mi Watch?
Design Is A Killer Feature of Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City
The new Xiaomi smartwatch differs from other smartwatches in its unusual case and strap color. The watch case is made of stainless steel, and it is available in two colors: black and gold.
The strap is removable and comes only in blue and green.
By the way, the choice of colors is not accidental – the watch is made in the style of Beijing Forbidden City. This is one of the main attractions of China.
The strap material is Italian leather. On each strap you can see a small engraving of a Chinese hieroglyph.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City is equipped with a round AMOLED display. Its diagonal is 1.3-inches and resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. The screen to body ratio is 71%.
By the way, the watch display is protected from scratches and chips by a special glass.
The dimensions of Mi Watch Forbidden City are 42.8 x 42.8 x 12.7 mm. The weight is 48 grams. The watch is really light, despite the fact that the case is made of stainless steel, not plastic.
On the right side of the smartwatch, there are two physical control buttons.
On the rear panel there are magnetic charging connectors and heart rate sensor.
By the way, the new Xiaomi watch is protected from water and dust according to IP68 standard. You can not only wash your hands or sweat in the gym with this smartwatch, but even take a shower and swim in the pool.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City Is For Women and Men!
We really like the design of Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City. The watch looks elegant, expensive, and perfectly fits both a woman’s and a man’s hand.
Also, thanks to the non-standard combination of the colors of the strap, case and engraving, the new Xiaomi watch stands out from other smartwatches.
Functions and Specifications
Now let’s look at technical specifications of the new Xiaomi smartwatch.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City runs on Google Wear OS. This is a kind of Android for smartwatches.
It also has 4 GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM. The smartwatch comes with several pre-installed apps for listening to music, chatting and social media.
For connection with smartphone, the smartwatch use Bluetooth 4.1 technology. By the way, the smartphone should run on Android 5.1 and higher, or iOS 10 and higher, in order to synchronize with smartwatch.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City has support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g and NFC.
The watch supports the voice assistant function. You can control the watch not only with the physical buttons on the side panel, touch screen, but also with voice commands.
How Many Watch Faces Are Available?
The manufacturer says that for specifically for Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City an exclusive watch face has been created. Of course, the dial has an image of Forbidden City.
If you do not like this watch face, then you will find many more in the settings menu.
By the way, the watch face can also be changed using voice commands.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City has a standard functions for 2019 smartwatch. The new watch shows time, steps, calories, distance, heart rate, sleep quality, notifications, messages and incoming calls.
It also supports Beidu, GLONASS and GPS navigation systems. Several sport modes are available.
The most interesting feature, as we wrote earlier, is the support of voice commands.
As for battery, Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City smartwatch has 400mAh battery capacity. Battery life and charging time is still unknown.
What Is The Price of Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City?
As we already said, the new Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City smartwatch is available only for pre-order on Youpin platform. The price is $186.
We think it will go on sale no less than $200. Xiaomi will begin its first deliveries in China on January 31, 2020.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City look very promising. The smartwatch has a stylish, recognizable design, stainless steel case, 1.3-inch display, protection against water and dust, support for voice commands and 400mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City or Xiaomi Mi Watch?
If you don’t like the square dial like Xiaomi Mi Watch, then the new Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City will be a good option. As for the functions, we think that Xiaomi Mi Watch and Xiaomi Mi Watch Forbidden City are almost identical.