Mi Watch Revolve First Impressions

Mi Watch Revolve is priced at Rs 10,999 in India

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Mi Watch Revolve First Impressions

The Mi Watch Revolve has a 46mm dial

Highlights
  • The Mi Watch Revolve packs in a 420mAh battery
  • It is capable of heart rate, sleep, and exercise tracking
  • The Mi Watch Revolve is available for Rs. 9,999 as an early bird offer

Smartwatches are quite common now but good ones are very rare. I've seen multiple attempts from different manufacturers, but very few have managed to tick all my requirements. While people in the Apple ecosystem don't have to think twice before picking up an Apple Watch, the selection in the Android world isn't as straightforward. Google's WearOS has not been quite as successful, and manufacturers are trying everything possible including custom operating systems to make their smartwatches stand out. Xiaomi is the latest manufacturer to join the smartwatch race, but is it ready for the marathon ahead? I got my hands on Xiaomi's Mi Watch Revolve and here are my first impressions.

The packaging of the Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve is a lot like that of the Apple Watch. The rectangular box is tall and narrow. After opening the box, the first thing you'll see is the Mi Watch Revolve. Xiaomi has gone with a traditional circular dial just like Samsung, while some other manufacturers such as Apple prefer rectangular displays.

mi watch revolve buttons Mi Watch Revolve First Impressions

The 1.39-inch AMOLED display is crisp and has good viewing angles

 

The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve measures 46mm in diameter which is a lot bigger than many other smartwatches in the market, but it looked nice on my hands. If you have thin arms, this watch might look huge on your wrist. Xiaomi offers the Mi Watch Revolve in one size only, which could be an issue for some people.

Xiaomi offers the Mi Watch Revolve in two colours, Midnight Black and Chrome Silver. I have the Chrome Silver version with a Neptune Blue strap. The strap is 22mm in width and can be removed easily without any tools. It has a metal clasp just like a regular watch.

Xiaomi's circular Mi Watch Revolve has two buttons on the right. These buttons have a reassuring clicky feedback so I did not find myself second-guessing any input. The 1.39-inch AMOLED display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an anti-scratch coating. This display has very good viewing angles and does get bright enough when outdoors. Xiaomi has raised the dial bezel slightly while the display is slightly recessed. This should reduce the chances of the display getting scratched.

mi watch revolve back Mi Watch Revolve First Impressions

The heart rate sensor sits between the charger pins at the back

 

Turning the watch around reveals the pins for charging and a PPG heart rate sensor in the centre. This smartwatch also has a geomagnetic sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, baraceptor, and ambient light sensor. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 LE as well as GPS and GLONASS for navigation.

The Mi Watch Revolve is quite light and tips at the scale at 40g without a strap. There are no holes on the body of the Mi Watch Revolve for mics, as it does not work with voice commands. Xiaomi has packed in a 420mAh battery and claims a standby time of two weeks. I will be testing the battery life when I review this smartwatch.

You can pair the Mi Watch Revolve with an Android smartphone using the Xiaomi Wear app, as well as iOS devices using the Xiaomi Wear Lite app. Pairing with a smartphone is very easy and you can customise the watch's settings using the app. The Mi Watch Revolve shows notifications from your smartphone on your wrist. I could read notifications and dismiss them but couldn't interact with them in any way. I found three watch faces on the Mi Watch Revolve, but there are a lot more available for download using the Xiaomi Wear app. You can change a watch face but there doesn't appear to be any way to customise them.

Fitness features on the Mi Watch Revolve include exercise, heart-rate, step, distance, sleep and stress tracking. I did check out a few of these features but I will reserve my comments for the full review. Xiaomi has priced the Mi Watch Revolve at Rs. 10,999 in India, which is aggressive compared to the competition. The company is offering an early bird price of Rs. 9,999 which could make it even more appealing. Have your eyes set on the Mi Watch Revolve? Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the full review.


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  • Design and comfort
  • Tracking accuracy
  • Software and ecosystem
  • Battery life
  • Good
  • Good battery life
  • Crisp AMOLED display
  • Accurate tracking
  • Bad
  • Limited smartwatch functionality
  • Single dial size
  • Relatively slow charging
Strap Color Astral Olive, Cosmic Dust Maroon, Midnight Black, Neptune Blue, Space Black
Display Size 46mm
Compatible OS Android, iOS
Strap Material Silicone
Dial Shape Round
Display Type AMOLED
Ideal For Unisex
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Aditya Shenoy reviews smartphones, wearables, headphones and speakers for Gadgets 360, out of Mumbai. Aditya is a reviewer for Gadgets 360 and has written extensively about smartphones, software updates, and upcoming devices. Aditya is available on Twitter at @adishenoy, and you can mail him at adityashenoy@ndtv.com, so please send in your leads and tips. More
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