Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro review

Our Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro review shows how well the combination of Google's Wear OS and Xiaomi's MIUI interface already works.
Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro

The Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro wants to shake up the smartwatch market with Google’s Wear OS operating system. There is also Xiaomi’s own MIUI interface as well as Google apps such as Wallet, Maps, Assistant and Home. Our Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro review explains how well the implementation already works and how fast and responsive the system with the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chip is already running.

Technical data

  • Operating system: Google Wear OS with Xiaomi MIUI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • Display: 1.43 inch AMOLED touchscreen, 466 x 466 pixels, 326 ppi
  • Battery capacity: 495mAh LiPo battery
  • Connectivity:
    • GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band
    • Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
  • Sensors: optical heart rate sensor, bioelectrical impedance sensors for body composition analysis, SpO2, barometer, compass

Design

The Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro impressed in the review with its first-class design and high-quality materials. The stainless steel case offers both durability and style. The 1.43-inch AMOLED display is made of scratch-resistant glass for added durability.

The watch straps are interchangeable so you can customize the look to suit your style and personal preferences. With its sleek and minimalist aesthetic, the Watch 2 Pro is suitable for any occasion, whether it’s a casual outing or a formal event.

Display

The heart of the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is the large 1.43 inch AMOLED display. In our review, it delivered vibrant colors, sharp details and excellent readability even in bright sunlight. With a resolution of 466 x 46 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi, the display offers razor-sharp and clear images. The touchscreen interface is responsive and intuitive, delivering smooth and effortless navigation through menus and apps.

CPU

Equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is up to any task. The device supports a range of Google apps, expanding its functionality over previous models. These include Google Assistant, Google Wallet for payments and Google Maps for navigation. All of these apps ran smoothly at all times in the review, even when you switched between them.

Fitness and health tracking features are at the forefront with over 150 supported sports modes. You also get dual-band GPS, bioelectrical impedance sensors to measure body composition and an optical heart rate sensor, which also measures blood oxygen (SpO2). However, the Xiaomi smartwatch lost its orientation several times indoors. We also had to regularly recalibrate the sensors. Once ready to go, the Watch 2 Pro was a reliable companion.

Battery

We found the battery life to be sufficient in our Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro review – no more, but no less either. According to Xiaomi, the 495 mAh battery should enable a usage time of up to 55 hours. However, functions such as the always-on display or intensive sports tracking significantly reduced the actual running time. Thanks to the fast charging technology, a full battery charge from 0-100% only takes around 45 minutes.

Verdict

8.3Expert Score
Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro review

In our review, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro scored with an excellent display and various tracking functions.

Design
8.5
Display
8.5
CPU / Benchmarks
9
Battery
7
Pros
  • very good display
  • fast chipset
  • various sports and tracking functions
Cons
  • some software is still defective
  • battery life could be better

In summary, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro impresses with the integration of Wear OS, expanded Google app functionality and solid hardware specifications. However, the accuracy of fitness tracking and implementation of Wear OS integration may not meet all users’ expectations. However, potential buyers get various functions at a competitive price.

However, Wear OS also stood out due to its slow response and less sophisticated fitness tracking functions than its competitors from Apple and Garmin. Xiaomi is likely to solve the former with a software update. Overall, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro impressed in our review with its intelligent and versatile functions.

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