Good luck to the Apple Watch if Xiaomi’s affordable smartwatch is real

The Chinese company’s rumoured digital timepiece could spell trouble for Apple's latest product

Apple’s delayed launch of its smartwatch here is a blessing in disguise.

See, you might have spent a bomb on the Apple Watch. Think thousands of dollars if you buy an imported version. And feel buyer's regret when you hear an incredibly affordable Xiaomi smartwatch is coming very soon.

That is, if the recent interview given to Chinese technology news website 36Krypton isn’t a smokescreen. Given Xiaomi’s product history, which includes smartphones, tablets, TVs and even an air purifier, it won’t be surprising to see a smartwatch in the pipeline.

Xiaomi, however, won’t be doing this alone as it’ll turn to another Chinese startup and its wearable tech partner, Huami, to pull off this feat.

Details surrounding the Chinese company’s smartwatch are still scant. The interview did reveal the likely design DNA, which will be fashioned after HTC’s metal and unibody design. Shape-wise, there’s no telling yet, though Huang mentioned that by the watch industry’s standard, the classic dial shape is still the most popular option.

The thickness of the watch is still in question, largely because it’s linked to the battery life. Huami’s CEO, Huang Wang, mentioned that with some slight creativity in its design, the watch could pass off as a thin-looking timepiece.

Prepare for the Mi Band 2

And a smartwatch isn’t the only thing on the horizon for both companies. The startup, which also made the company’s first fitness tracker, the Xiaomi Mi Band, plans on an upcoming successor to it. The second generation fitness tracker will feature a very similar sporty look and light design.

But the difference lies within, which will include a new NFC sensor that’ll work in tandem with the existing Bluetooth module and accelerator. “My mission is to make the Xiaomi band (Mi Band) look better,” said Huang during the interview. “In addition to variety of designs, at the core of the Xiaomi band will be its customization.”

As for how much the Xiaomi smartwatch will cost, there’s still no indication. “Like the Xiaomi Mi Band, the price will shock the market,” said Huang.

Who, incidentally, gave a smile when queried if there’ll be one less zero in the price compared to the Apple Watch.

[Source: 36Krypton via GSM Arena]