Over the past few days, we’ve heard about Xiaomi Mi Watch, but the teasers don’t end. Xiaomi today posted another Mi Watch teaser that first shows off the UI and confirms a main spec.
The new Mi Watch teasers posted to Weibo (via XDA) focus first on the specifications. It was stated in an earlier photo that the watch was using a Qualcomm chipset, but this latest image explicitly confirms the use of a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. That’s the chip that is actually used in most smartwatches with Wear OS.
Yet Xiaomi other Mi Watch teasers strongly suggest it won’t run Wear OS anywhere. A clip, embedded below, gives a “MIUI for Watch” sneak peek, which is obviously a custom gui. It includes many of Xiaomi own apps, and it really looks like Xiaomi’s going for a full-featured experience on this device, even showing a watch video.
It seems that Xiaomi relies heavily on the Mi Watch rotating crown for the UI, but how it will play with other applications remains to be seen. The other question this raises is whether Xiaomi has decided to scrap plans to use Google’s Wear OS. If you will remember, we have recently discovered evidence of the Mi Watch in the Wear OS app, which strongly suggests that it will use Google’s platform at least in its release in other countries.
Between now and its release on November 5, more info on the Mi Watch will come out, so we’re likely to get answers soon.