1. Xiaomi launches Amazfit; company’s first smartwatch on sale from August 31

Xiaomi launches Amazfit; company’s first smartwatch on sale from August 31

Tech giant Xiaomi on Tuesday launched its first smartwatch at a special event in China.

By: | Updated: August 31, 2016 4:47 PM
The smartwatch Amazfit is a product of a collaboration between Xiaomi and Huami. (Twitter) The smartwatch Amazfit is a product of a collaboration between Xiaomi and Huami. (Twitter)

Tech giant Xiaomi on Tuesday launched its first smartwatch at a special event in China. The smartwatch is a product of a collaboration between Xiaomi and Huami and is dubbed as Amazfit. The watch is to go on sale on August 31 and is priced at 799 Yuan. The Amazfit is dust and water resistant and is certified with IP67. The watch even has a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel and a 22mm band, which is replaceable as per the requirements of the users.

The smartwatch also features a 28mm GPS sensor. The Amazfit also sports a 1.34-inch circular display with 300×300 pixel resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor. It works on 512MB of RAM. The watch has 4GB of inbuilt internal storage and a heart rate sensor on its rear. The heart rate sensor comes with continuous tracking functionality. Xiaomi, based in China is known to have partnered with Alibaba for mobile support with the Alipay service. Xiaomi in an interaction with the media said that the smartwatch would work with any smartphone with a MiFit app.

The watch packs a 200mAh battery, which the company said would last for 5 days. However, reports have suggested that if the GPS is switched on, the battery backup drops drastically to 35 hours. The IP67 certification means that the watch is resistant to splashes of water. However it would not be wise to jump into a pool of water wearing the watch as it is not IP68 certified, thus is not completely waterproof.

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