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Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro review: Fast and affordable

Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro review: Fast and affordable

Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro

The Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is the company's first smartwatch to run Google's Wear OS system. This means it has access to third-party apps, including Google apps like Maps, Assistant, and Wallet. Hence, I feel the Watch 2 Pro will appeal to those outside Xiaomi's ecosystem. It helps, too, that the smartwatch feels fast and responsive. And more importantly, it's priced competitively against other Wear OS smartwatches from Google and Samsung.

Quick specs

  • 1.43-inch AMOLED screen (466 x 466 pixels)
  • Size: 47.6mm x 45.9mm x 11.8mm, 54.5g (without strap)
  • 495mAh battery (up to 65 hours for Bluetooth version)
  • Requires Android 8.0 or later

I'll admit I wasn't at all impressed with the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro at the start. For one, the smartwatch froze on several occasions, and required a hard reset. Thankfully, this issue seems to be fixed after a couple of firmware updates. Design-wise, the Xiaomi has a classic, almost bland appearance, especially the black version that I tested. It comes in only one size, which is relatively large and chunky for my slim wrist. Its stainless steel housing is heavy, too, at around 55g without the strap. Solid bezels surround, and protect its slightly-recessed 1.43-inch AMOLED screen with Always-On display support. It's rated at up to 600 nits — decent outdoors, but definitely not as bright as the competition. You can also bring it to the pool (5ATM).

Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro
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I do like that the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro has a rotating crown for precise adjustment, as well as two side buttons. The top button is customisable in the settings, but by default it opens the Workouts screen. The bottom one opens the previously-opened app. You can also double-tap it to open Google Wallet for mobile payment. Press the crown to bring up your apps, while press and hold it to summon the Google Assistant. Like the Google Pixel Watch 2, the Xiaomi runs Google's Wear OS. But Xiaomi also tries to be different here — in a rather superficial way. For example, you swipe up the Xiaomi's display for settings, and swipe down for notifications. This is the exact opposite of the Pixel Watch 2. But the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro feels very responsive to swipes and taps, likely because of its capable Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ chip.

Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro
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The Xiaomi offers the usual health and fitness tracking metrics. It can measure blood oxygen, heart rate, stress level, track your sleep and even estimate your body composition. In my testing, the readings seem spot-on, and are comparable to other smartwatches. The sleep tracking seems pretty good, with detailed info about sleep stages and wake durations. But unlike some more expensive smartwatches, the Xiaomi lacks ECG, snore detection or blood pressure measurement. The smartwatch does offer over 150 sports modes, with automatic workout detection. The Mi Fitness app, too, is clean and easy to use. But you won't get the kind of insight and coaching that you'd get from a more fitness-focused watch like the Garmin Forerunner 265.

Xiaomi says you can get up to 65 hours of battery life (for the Bluetooth version) with Watch 2 Pro. I usually need to charge at the end of the second day. It's definitely better than the Pixel Watch 2, though the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic has similar battery stamina. Charging is fast, too. It takes around 45 minutes to fully replenish the battery. From 60% to 100%, it's a breezy 20 minutes in my testing. At around S$300, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is also much cheaper than other Wear OS smartwatches. Both the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and the Google Pixel Watch 2 cost around S$500. That being said, getting the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro may be more difficult — last I checked, it was sold out at Shopee. The smartwatch is also available on Lazada.

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