Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite: A Budget GPS Smart Watch

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The Redmi Watch 2 Lite is claimed as a cheap smartwatch that’s promising to punch above its budget price tag. Does it really meet that tag?

The Xiaomi-owned company’ Redmi has launched the first generation Redmi Watch in the first half of 2021 and now they dished out a very similar-looking Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite months later. We personally believe that it was because of the success of the first version of the smartwatch and to ride on the flow, they have launched the second version of its smartwatch with better features on it.

We had a chance to test out the watch and here are some of our opinion on Xiaomi’s Redmi Watch 2 Lite.

The Design

The Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite has a 41mm matte finish plastic case that you can pick up in black, ivory or blue. It’s a neat and tidy smartwatch in appearance. Crucially doesn’t feel cheap, the screen is reasonably good quality. That’s partnered with a TPU strap, which has a nice smooth finish, and has been comfortable to wear day and night and during exercise 24/7 without any problem. The watch also carries a 5ATM water-resistant rating, which does mean you can swim and shower with it too.

The Screen

The Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite screen features a TFT 1.4″ touch screen with a resolution of 320×360 pixels(323 PPI), sized at 41.2 x 35.3 x 10.7mm, and comes in at a net weight of 35g. It also is equipped with 5ATM waterproof where it could submerge into water up to 50 meters too.

Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite Screen
Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite Back

The Features

Unlike some budget smartwatches, the Watch 2 Lite does work with iOS and Android devices. You’ll need to download the Xiaomi Wear app or the Wear Lite app for iOS users, it’s easy to connect with it as 123. The Xiaomi Wear makes us easy to glance at our fitness and health stats, track outdoor workouts, and tinker with watch settings all in on apps.

Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite with Phone Showing Xiaomi Wear App Download
Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite Pairing

If you would like to have more personalization on your watch, you may also change the watch faces according to your preference at their watch face area. Xiaomi Wear apps are equipped with over 120 watch faces for your selection.

Of course, when we talk about smartwatches, one of the main features that we need to have in the smartwatch is the health and fitness tracker. Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite is packed in a fair amount and proves you don’t have to spend big to get some big health, fitness, and sports tracking features.

For health tracking, you will be getting an optical heart rate sensor to continuously measure heart rate day and night, measure during exercise and it powers stress track here too. There’s now the addition of continuous blood oxygen monitoring (which had not been included in its predecessor) and it will track steps and sleep automatically too. You’re also getting guided breathing exercises and female health tracking in this new edition.

Xiaomi Wear Apps Face Watch
Xiaomi Wear Apps Features

For exercise tracking, there’s access to over 100 workout modes and that includes core sports like running, cycling, and pool swimming along with indoor activities like rowing, HIIT, and skipping. For outdoor tracking, Redmi is including support for GPS, Glonass, Galileo, and BDS satellite systems to improve accuracy tracking for outdoor runs and rides. Pst! It is compatible with Strava too!

Smartwatch Activity Feature
Smartwatch Activity Feature

The Battery

The Xiaomi RedMi Watch 2 Lite is equipped with a 262mAh battery that could last up to 9 days with typical usage and 9 hours with GPS use. That’s not a bad trade-off at all, especially with a smartwatch that has such a large screen. In reality, you’ll probably find it lasting somewhere between 4-5 days between charges, as it’s likely you’ll be using it to walk or run as well as for lighter activities.

Overall

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite is a budget smartwatch that belies its price. It looks good, has a nice, colorful screen and most of the features onboard work well. The smartwatch features are basic, but they work. The surprising array of sports and fitness tracking features perform well too, making it a strong alternative to other great budget watches.

If you haven’t settled on a smartwatch or a person who has a very active lifestyle or someone who wanted a cheap GPS watch, Xiaomi Redimi Watch 2 Lite is the smartwatch that you could consider buying.

Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite
Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite with Phone Showing Xiaomi Wear App

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