The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite demonstrates that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a reasonably good quality smartwatch. Looking more expensive than its price tag, its crisp 1.4-inch LCD display is what you'll first notice. It's large and clear and immediately appealing.

When it comes to hands-on time with the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite, it feels a little cheaper. Its plastic watch band is molded in a way that means you can't lay it flat on the ground, and it's not the comfiest of straps by any means. However, any time you interact with the screen, it looks classier than you might expect.

Delve deeper into it and you'll see that this is a watch that feels somewhere between a fitness tracker and a true smartwatch. It's not a fashion statement but it's also more than just a fancy pedometer. It has built-in GPS alongside a bevy of other useful features that track your day.

These include heart rate monitoring, counting your steps, calorie intake, and also monitoring your sleep. A series of workout modes along with water resistance of up to 50 meters make this an ideal companion no matter how you plan on staying healthy.


There's also some focus on the mental side of looking after yourself. The sleep monitoring tools analyze how well you're actually sleeping, while guided breathing exercises are also available at the touch of a button. The latter work as well as those on the likes of the Apple Watch 7


Performance and fitness

 


The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite offers the basics of what you could need via the watch interface. A series of clearly laid out squares offer workouts, daily stats, heart rate tracking, and sleep monitoring, along with breathing exercises, music controls, and air pressure monitoring. It's not the most stylish of interfaces but it does the job well.

It's also far superior to the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite's app, which looks fairly dated and sticks to functionality rather than good looks. It is the best place to go for graphs and more detailed statistics though. Plus you can use it to download additional watch faces for your device.

 

The greatest strengths here are how the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite monitors everything. Like with most fitness trackers, it's able to distinguish between deep and light sleep, for instance.

With your heart rate, it's a little flakier, offering up some worrying spikes that simply don't show on other devices. 

 

What I do love is the solidly reliable GPS. It works well and means you don't need to take your phone with you while you walk or run. Usually devices at this price rely on connected GPS, so built-in GPS is a welcome addition.

Elsewhere, the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is reasonably speedy to navigate. It will also receive notifications from your phone, although you can't reply to them directly, as you would be able to on, say, an apple watch


Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite - SPECIFICATIONS

General 

  • Model
    Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite
  • Released
    2021
  • Status
    Available

Design 

  • Type
    Bar
  • Dimensions
    41 x 35 x 11.9 mm
  • Weight
    35 Grams
  • Waterproof
    Waterproof (5ATM) + 50m water resistant

Display 

  • Display Type
    IPS LCD
  • Size
    1.4 inches
  • Resolution
    320 x 320 pixels
  • Display Colors
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density
    ~323 ppi density

Hardware 

  • Memory Card Slot
    No
  • Sensors
    Accelerometer, heart rate, compass

Software 

  • Operating System
    Unknown

Camera 

  • Rear Camera
    No
  • Image
    No
  • Video
    No
  • Flash
    No
  • Front Camera
    No

Network 

  • SIM
    Standard SIM
  • Dual SIM
    No

Connectivity 

  • Wi-fi
    No
  • USB
    No
  • GPS
    No
  • NFC
    No
  • Wireless Charging
    No
  • Headphone Jack
    No

Battery 

  • Capacity
    Li-Ion 230 mAh
  • Placement
    Non-removable 

Media 

  • Video Playback
    No
  • Video Out
    No
  • FM Radio
    No
  • Ring Tones
    No
  • Loudspeaker
    No
  • Handsfree
    No