Xiaomi smartwatch is coming soon, and it looks like an Apple Watch clone

The Xiaomi smartwatch, believed to be called the Mi Watch and running Wear OS.Weibo/Lei Jun

Xiaomi announced a November 5 event earlier this week, where it’ll peel the curtain back on the Mi CC9 Pro (presumably the Mi Note 10 in the West). It also confirmed that we’ll get a look at a Xiaomi smartwatch, believed to be called the Mi Watch.

Now, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun and its Mijia brand have revealed the design on Weibo, and it looks like an Apple Watch clone. The resemblance to Apple’s wearable is uncanny, as we’re looking at a similar shape and digital crown here.  The right side of the watch in particular seems to feature a near-identical digital crown/microphone/side button layout as the Apple Watch Series 5. Xiaomi’s design does seem a bit more box-like though, for lack of a better term.  Check out a comparison below.

It’s disappointing to see Xiaomi take this route, as we’ve seen several prominent smartwatches opt for a different design to the Cupertino wearable. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time in 2019 that Xiaomi faced allegations of copying Apple. The firm touted its Mimoji feature earlier this year, and then accidentally used Apple’s Memoji ads on the Xiaomi website.

In any event, the Xiaomi smartwatch or Mi Watch is believed to run Google’s Wear OS platform. There’s no word on other specifications, but hopefully it packs better battery life than the likes of the Fossil Gen 5 watch.

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