Alongside the global launch of the Xiaomi 13 series phones, the company also announced the Xiaomi Watch S1 Pro and Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro, the latest additions to its wide range of smart accessories. Xiaomi boasts that the new products not only come with sleek new designs but also feature some spec upgrades – let’s take a look!
Xiaomi Watch S1 Pro
Xiaomi’s smartwatches are one of the most popular non-Wear OS smartwatches out there right now, and with good reason. The Xiaomi Watch series offers a fairly slim design, good battery life and reasonably decent performance. The Xiaomi Watch S1 Pro continues this tradition with some upgrades.
Up front, we get a 1.47-inch AMOLED display with sapphire glass, which Xiaomi says will make the watch more resistant to damage. This is wrapped in a stainless steel case, available in black and silver, and features a rotating crown alongside the touchscreen for navigating the interface. There’s even a built-in speaker on board that supports AI noise cancellation for Bluetooth calls. It’s a design that doesn’t do much to break with form, instead settling on a safe and undeniably attractive look.
Software-wise, the watch features Xiaomi’s proprietary UI, and while it lacks the fluidity that comes with Wear OS, Xiaomi says it has tweaked the animations and UI design for a smoother user experience. The software also has a “pop-up” pairing feature that works with Xiaomi phones. The company doesn’t say if this will work for “all” Xiaomi-branded phones, but it’s safe to say that its latest flagship series is among them.
As for sports and health tracking, the S1 Pro offers a hundred sports activities, including ten specialized running routes, preloaded into the watch. Of course, there’s also the usual array of hardware sensors, including a PPG heart rate sensor (including Sp02), a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, barometric pressure sensor, geomagnetic sensor, ambient light and temperature sensors, as well as built-in GPS to name a few . Xiaomi adds that the watch’s 500mAh battery can last up to 14 days with typical use.
Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro
The fourth generation of Xiaomi’s Buds Pro series, the Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro are designed to take on competing wireless earbuds like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds and Google’s Pixel Buds, to name a few.
According to Xiaomi, it integrates Sony’s LDAC technology and up to 48dB of active noise cancellation to provide users with high quality audio. Technically, Sony’s LDAC technology offers a data transfer rate of up to 990 kbps, a bit depth of up to 32 bits and Hi-Res Audio wireless support via Bluetooth. In addition to ANC, other features such as transparency mode are also supported.
The company adds that the Buds 4 Pro use built-in Dimensional Audio, which has a head-tracking feature that detects user movements to adjust sound output accordingly (much like how spatial audio works). Users can also quickly switch between different connected devices with the dual-device connectivity feature.
The earbuds are designed to offer up to nine hours of listening time on a single charge, which is up to 38 hours with the included charges via the charging case, which itself supports wireless charging. In terms of design, the Buds 4 Pro share a fairly common style that we’ve seen in other earbuds, with interchangeable silicone ear tips in addition to a stem, similar to products like the Apple Airpods. The Buds 4 Pro will be available in Gold and Space Black variants.