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Xiaomi’s First foray into Wear OS Resembles Galaxy Watch, MIUI Skin Expected

Xiaomi has a history in the smartwatch industry, having previously favored lightweight operating systems over Google’s Wear OS. This approach allowed them to offer wearables with extended battery life, albeit with limitations in terms of app availability and services, especially outside of China.

However, there are indications that this approach could be evolving, as rumors suggest the arrival of the “Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro.”

Official-looking renderings of the device have surfaced on Twitter, courtesy of a new account named @MysteryLupin. While the newness of the account raises some caution flags regarding the information, the provided renders themselves do not appear to exhibit any obvious discrepancies.

The “Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro” is reportedly equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon W5+ chipset, boasting 2GB of RAM and a generous 32GB of storage. These specifications alone make the device quite enticing due to its impressive processing capabilities. Additionally, the post goes into further detail, highlighting features such as a 1.43-inch display, a durable construction comprised of stainless steel and Gorilla Glass, 5ATM water resistance, a rotatable crown, optional LTE connectivity, and a substantial 500 mAh battery.

Regarding the device’s hardware, its design is rather straightforward. The device’s exterior strikes a balance between elegance and athleticism and bears a strong resemblance to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 Classic in many aspects. Notably, the charging method seems to involve pins rather than wireless charging, which could potentially offer advantages in terms of faster charging speeds.

However, what truly piques our interest here is the software aspect. Reportedly, the “Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro” is set to operate on Wear OS with a layer of MIUI customization. This isn’t entirely unprecedented, as Wear OS has evolved its stance on manufacturer skins over time. For instance, Samsung employs One UI on its smartwatches, Mobvoi adds its own enhancements to TicWatch devices, and other manufacturers have also made alterations to the design.

As for Xiaomi’s specific software customizations, details remain undisclosed at this point. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the “Watch 2 Pro” is rumored to make its debut alongside the Xiaomi 13T in the near future, priced at €349 in Europe. Unfortunately, there are no expectations for a release in the United States.

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