Although Xiaomi went ahead and kind of copied the Apple Watch square display design, I feel they have done a good job at it. The display isn’t too big or small for my wrist; looks decent with curved edges, and the physical button is also placed just right. However, the plastic-y edges of the frame do scream that the smartwatch is not a premium one! I reviewed black colour variant that looked pretty basic.
In terms of comfort, the straps of the smartwatch are also quite comfortable, so much so that, you can wear it to sleep and not realise it after some time. In short, looks wise, the smartwatch justifies its price.
This Xiaomi smartwatch features a square shaped 1.55-inch TFT LCD display that offers a resolution of 360 x 320 pixels. While personally, I would have loved an AMOLED display , but the given LCD display did not disappoint me. With a peak brightness of 450 nits, the smartwatch was easy to use even in the outdoor settings. However, the smartwatch does not have an adaptive brightness feature, so you will have to manually set it directly from the watch and the option to do that is buried deep down in the settings section. Redmi Watch Lite lacks the always-on display feature that can be a glaring omission for many , but rise to wake feature is still there to make up for it. In my experience I did notice lag in this feature, however, it is not a dealbreaker for me.
The crowning achievement of Xiaomi with this smartwatch is that it has managed to pack as many as 100 sports mode in this tiny machine. And the smartwatch is capable of auto-detecting workouts, which is just a cherry on top. Although I did notice discrepancies (not big ones), especially in the blood oxygen level readings, when compared to medical equipment. So you might not want to rely on the watch to get the accurate readings.
Just like other watches, it comes with heart rate monitor, step counter, calories tracker and so on. However, the smartwatch does not give you an option to set your daily goals, which is a bit disappointing I must say. Sleep tracker of the smartwatch is also reliable and gives detailed report.
Redmi Watch 2 Lite works with Mi Fitness app which is easy to navigate, user-friendly and informative at the same time.
The budget smartwatch lasted for almost 10 days for me when my daily use involves at least an hour-long evening walk (with GPS on), medium level brightness (level 3), rise-to-wake and checking WhatsApp messages. The battery life is quite impressive and hence takes the cake.
Just like all modern-day smartwatches, Redmi Watch 2 Lite also comes with support for magnetic charging and manages to fill up a dead battery in 2 hours. However, it did get frustrating when the pins of the charging cable did not stick properly to the watch, hence wasting my time on a lot of occasions. Xiaomi really needs to work on this design aspect, so please take notes.
If you are planning to get a smartwatch focused on fitness on a budget, this is the right choice for you. While it does not offer features like payments, or always-on display and adaptive brightness, but it has its own USPs like GPS, excellent battery life and looks decent as well. Overall, yes, at Rs 4,999, you should buy it for sure if you are looking for a capable smartwatch at an attractive price.
Xiaomi went ahead and kind of copied the Apple Watch with its square display design, but it has done a good job at it. The display isn’t too big or small for my wrist, the curved edges look decent and the physical button is placed just right. However, the plastic-y edges of