2022-06-27 13:09:47Redmi Watch Review – Budget Fitness Watch with Solid Battery
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Redmi Watch Review – Budget Fitness Watch with Solid Battery

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By Ritik - 
Updated: 27th Jun 2022 13:09 IST
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Table Of Contents
  • 1
    Review Summary
  • 2
    Redmi Watch Price in India and Variants
  • 3
    Redmi Watch Box Contents
  • 4
    Redmi Watch Specs at a glance
  • 5
    Redmi Watch Design and Build
  • 6
    Redmi Watch Battery and Charging
  • 7
    Redmi Watch Display
  • 8
    Redmi Watch Fitness and Health Features
  • 9
    Redmi Watch Software and UI
  • 10
    Verdict
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Review Summary

Xiaomi should be given credit for introducing budget wearables to the general public. The Mi Band lineup has helped the brand establish and sustain its place in the fitness wearable market.

Xiaomi has now launched the Redmi Watch, a fitness wearable with a watch-like design and built-in GPS expanding the company’s existing product line.

The Redmi Watch comes in at a relatively low price of nearly 4k, and it packs in fitness tracking features such as a heart rate monitor, fitness modes, sleep tracker, and a lot more all inside of a traditional watch-shaped body that is water-resistant. Let’s find out how well it does its job in this Redmi Watch review.

PROS
  • Lightweight
  • Water-resistant upto 5ATM
  • Simple UI
  • Built-in GPS
  • Good battery life
CONS
  • No SpO2 tracking
  • Lacks always-on mode
  • Limited fitness modes
Key Specs
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity230 mAh
Highlights:
  • 230 mAh
Redmi Watch Price in India and Variants

The Xiaomi Redmi Watch costs Rs. 3999 in India. The smartwatch is available in three different colour options: Ivory, Black, and Blue. You can purchase it through Xiaomi’s official website and major e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Croma.

In addition, you can also buy the straps separately to go with your outfit which is available in four colour options – black, ivory, blue, and olive.

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Redmi Watch Box Contents

The Redmi Watch includes the following items inside the box:

  • Smartwatch 
  • Charging dock
  • User manual

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Redmi Watch Specs at a glance

Before we talk more about the smartwatch, let’s see what on-paper specs look like:

  • Display: 1.4 Inch TFT LCD
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS
  • Supported OS: Android, iOS
  • Battery: 230 mAh
  • Weight: 35 grams
Redmi Watch Design and Build

The Xiaomi Redmi Watch features a square shaped design, but it does not stand out among other smartwatches at this price point because many of them have similar designs. The smartwatch has a body made of plastic with a matte finish. The corners of the case are rounded, but the frames are completely flat.

Redmi Watch Design

The plastic build makes the watch light and comfortable to wear all day. In addition, the TPU strap that comes with the watch is both comfortable and stylish. In addition to being lightweight, the straps are made of high-quality silicone and are extremely durable.

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The heart rate sensor and magnetic charging port are located on the backside of the watch. On the right, there is a single button, while the rest of the sides are clean.

Redmi Watch right side

The watch is approximately 10.9mm thick and weighs about 35 grams. The smartwatch is water-resistant to 5 ATM, which means you can wear it while working out and even while swimming in an open pool.

I liked the overall look of the watch and found it to be very comfy to wear for long periods of time.

Redmi Watch Battery and Charging

The Redmi Watch comes equipped with a 230mAh battery, which, according to the company, can survive up to 10 days on a single charge. I was able to get a battery life of 7 days with continuous notifications and heart rate monitoring, which is not exactly what Redmi claims.

With my heavy use of constant heart rate monitoring, high brightness and daily GPS usage, the watch lasted for about 5 days. It’s not bad considering the price of the smartwatch.

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When it comes to charging, the Redmi Watch arrives with a magnetic charger that fully charges the watch in less than two hours. Not just this, there is a unique screen feature that comes into play while charging, which displays the time as well as the remaining battery in a large font.

Redmi Watch Battery and Charging

This mode is somewhat ineffective because there is no always-on display, and the only way to see it is to hit the button on the side of the device every time.

Redmi Watch Display

The Redmi Watch features a 1.4-inch TFT LCD display that has a brightness of 350 nits. It has a layer of 2.5D glass coating that also protects the display against scratches. Additionally, the display has significant bezels surrounding it on every side.

Even though the things on the display are pretty clear, the colours and sharpness aren’t that great. The touchscreen works well, and there aren’t any noticeable hitches when navigating.

Redmi Watch Display

The outdoor visibility in sunlight is good. Within the Settings, you have the option to change the brightness from level 1 all the way up to level 6. The Redmi Watch does not have an Always-on-Display feature, but it does have “Wake for 5 mins,” which keeps the smartwatch on for a full five minutes. In addition, there is a raise to wake feature which is a hit or miss.

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There are more than 200 watch faces available in the Mi Wear app for the Redmi Watch. Not to forget, you also get an auto-brightness feature in the watch, which is uncommon on a smartwatch at this price point.

Redmi Watch watchfaces

Redmi Watch Fitness and Health Features

Let’s take a closer look at one of the most important reasons for purchasing a smartwatch at this price point. The Redmi Watch has 11 sports modes, which looks to be a lot less than some of its competitors.

Redmi Watch Fitness and Health Features

Starting with tracking workouts, the wearable can be used to monitor and record activities such as outdoor running, indoor cycling, outdoor cycling, trail running, walking, trekking, running on a treadmill, open water swimming, cricket, open water swimming, pool swimming, and freestyle swimming.

Aside from that, the main and most influential feature of the Redmi Watch is the built-in GPS, which enables you to record your walks and run without requiring you to carry your smartphone in your pocket. You to monitor your heart rate and calories burned while doing these activities.

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The watch is only able to automatically count your steps; it is unable to detect a workout; therefore, you will need to manually activate it in order for it to work. You also get a heart rate monitor on the watch. Although the watch does not offer continuous heart rate monitoring, you have the option to track your HR at a fixed set of intervals.

Redmi Watch heart rate monitor

As far as I could notice, the heart rate monitoring and the steps tracking were both pretty much accurate. One thing that disappointed me was the lack of SpO2 monitoring.

Redmi Watch Software and UI

You can pair the Redmi Watch with both Android and iOS devices. All you’ll need would be the Xiaomi Wear app on your phone. This smartwatch is easy to pair and continues to maintain a stable connection with the phone.

The Xiaomi Waer app is simple to use and allows you to tweak some of the watch’s settings. You can choose among various options and change the watchface. You can also choose which mobile applications can send you notifications on your watch.

The watch can store up to five watchfaces, and you can simply long-press on the existing one to switch between them. You’ll need to have the Xiaomi Wear app to add new watchefaces to your Redmi Watch.

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The smartwatch can also display weather information. You can also use it to find things on your paired smartphone, set alarms, get message and call notifications, and control music. However, there is no way to reply to the notifications, and neither can calls be answered using the watch.

Redmi Watch Software and features

You can select the intensity of vibration, set DND schedules, and time intervals for heart rate monitoring from the settings menu.

Verdict

The Redmi Watch is a stylish, well-designed wearable device with good material and finish quality. The software is also straightforward and easy to use, and it comes packaged with a wide range of watch faces to select from. The step tracking that Xiaomi offers is also very accurate.

It has 5ATM water resistance and long battery life, making it ideal for tracking outdoor activities.

The Redmi Watch costs Rs 3,999 in India and comes with a limited one-year warranty. At that price tag, this is likely the least expensive fitness watch with a built-in GPS, so if that is your primary requirement, this is a great choice.

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