And in a teaser the company posted today to the Chinese social media platform Weibo, the forthcoming watch looks a lot like - you guessed it - the Apple Watch.
Xiaomi, one of China's main players in the smartphone market, might be about to expand its wearable portfolio by creating a smartwatch based on WearOS. The similarities have flowed from the top of the company on down, with Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun himself unabashedly dressing in jeans and a black shirt a la Steve Jobs, and at least one Xiaomi presentation has even concluded with an announcement of "One More Thing ..." along the lines of Apple's famous tease. On the side is a crown and possibly the sleep/wake button - much like the Apple Watch. Now, the official Mijia Weibo account has shared renders of the upcoming "Mi Watch" showing off its design in its entirety along with some key features of the watch.
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Xiaomi is outing the Mi CC9 Pro/Mi Note 10 next Tuesday, and the phone will be accompanied on stage by a Mi Watch and a new Mi TV 5. No further details are known at this point of time, but should Xiaomi be working on such a smartwatch, it could mean good news for Wear OS.
Xiaomi went as far to include a picture of the Mi Watch's innards, which show that it will be equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC chips, as well as an eSIM.
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That teaser image also confirms the company will be introducing its next device on November 5 in China, but we don't now know if it'll be available in the US, UK or Australia. After releasing the Mi Band 4 activity tracker earlier this year, Xiaomi seems ready to move upmarket into the smartwatch territory.
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