The wearables market in India is growing at a frantic pace, with the last few months seeing some of the biggest names in the industry jump into the fray with their offerings. The latest in this list is Xiaomi which only a few days ago launched its first smartwatch in the country — The Mi Watch Revolve.
Launched in India after first being announced in select foreign markets earlier in the year, the Mi Watch Revolve is the company’s answer to the domination of Apple and Samsung in the smart wearables segment. However, unlike the Apple Watch series, or Samsung’s Galaxy Watch or Watch Active series of devices, the Mi Watch Revolve attempts to cater to the masses by aggressively targeting the sub- Rs 10,000 price point.
We’ve had the Mi Watch Revolve with us for a few days now. Read our review to find out what we think about it.
Mi Watch Revolve: Design and display
There are a few areas that Xiaomi has focussed heavily on with the Mi Watch Revolve, and design is definitely one of them. In terms of appearance, the Mi Watch Revolve is definitely a looker. It stands out from the crowd because of its broad 46mm dial with a steel finish which can be paired with easily replaceable straps to change the complete look of the Mi Watch Revolve.
The dial looks quite muscular and would compliment any wrist that’s average or even a little big in size. The straps are also a little broad and go well with the cleanly cut angles of the dial. Talking about the dial, it has two buttons on the right, with the upper one for interacting with the menu, while the lower one is used to access other controls include power off and power on the device.
The Mi Watch Revolve weighs about 40 grams, which also makes it one of the most lightweight watches available in the market right now. This makes the watch extremely easy to wear for long durations, without actually it weighing you down.
At the center of the Mi Watch Revolve’s clean design is a gorgeous 1.39-inch AMOLED display, which can get really bright, and under soft light is a joy to look at. Text appears crisp on it, and in terms of both viewing angles and overall quality, this display appears to be as good as you’d find on any smartwatch out there at the moment. And to top it off, the Mi Watch Revolve even brings support for an Always-On-display which just adds another dimension to the user experience of the watch.
Mi Watch Revolve: Performance and battery
Xiaomi’s Mi Watch Revolve uses an in-house OS to form a bridge between the user and the hardware at hand. It’s a similar approach to the one we’ve previously seen Huawei take with its smart wearables. As we’ve seen in the past, this approach has its own benefits and a few shortcomings as well.
Since it’s not a Google Wear OS device, there’s no support for a library of third-party apps that you can install on the watch. Instead, there’s limited functionality on offer, with all the communication between the Mi Watch Revolve and the paired phone handled exclusively through the Xiaomi Wear app. While this app offers good amount of customisation, there’s still only enough you can do with the Mi Watch Revolve.
Talking about the functionality the watch provides, there’s again a limit to what the Mi Watch Revolve will let you do. You can toggle notifications from the Xiaomi Wear app for all tasks such as messages and calls, but when you start receiving them on the smartwatch, there is no support for interacting with them. As such, messages cannot be responded to or calls cannot be accepted straight from your watch. However, the UI does allow the user to control music playback from the watch. Apart from this, the MI Watch Revolve also offers a decent amount of customisation as it comes with a few pre-installed watch faces, which can be added to by going into the Xiaomi Wear app.
The Mi Watch Revolve does bring a lot in terms of fitness features, with Xiaomi including multiple sports modes including outdoor running, outdoor cycling, trail running, trekking, treadmill, indoor cycling, walking, freestyle workout and swimming to turn this into a complete fitness device. However, overall it feels a little lacking on the functionality front.
But while the watch suffers in terms of functionality because of Xiaomi using an in-house OS, the decision does help it greatly improve battery life on the device. It comes with the promise of around 15 days of use on a single charge, and in our time with the Mi Watch Revolve, we found it to perform as expected on this front.
While this often goes unnoticed, but the convenience of a long-lasting battery when it comes to smartwatches is something that can only be experienced to understand its worth. The idea that a smartwatch can be charged once for 2 hours and then be used for 2 weeks is a weirdly liberating feeling, one that really needs to be appreciated more than it is at the moment.
Mi Watch Revolve: Should you buy it?
At an introductory price of Rs 9,999 ( on purchases made till Diwali) there’s very little you can fault the Mi Watch Revolve on. While it’s true Xiaomi’s smartwatch doesn’t pack enough in terms of features or functionality to really take on the big wigs of the industry, it still does offer enough to target offerings from Huawei, Honor and other affordable smart wearable makers at the entry-level of the market.
There’s no denying that the Mi Watch Revolve could have been a knockout with the inclusion of certain features such as interactable notifications and possibly even support for taking calls straight from the device. But even in the absence of these features, the Mi Watch Revolve is a good entry-level smartwatch, one that still impresses with its design, display and attractive price tag.
Mi Watch Revolve review 8/10
- Looks great
- Impressive battery
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