DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite has a square display, like an Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa, which is a big difference from the circular Mi Watch. This is a 1.4-inch LCD screen with 320 x 320 resolution. This display can be customized with 120 different watch faces, each of which sits somewhere on a spectrum between 'utilitarian' and 'goofy'.
The strap, which comes in a few different colors, is made of TPU or thermoplastic polyurethane, a versatile material we frequently see used in smartphone cases.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite has 11 different workout modes - that's not quite the 117 of the 'standard' Mi Watch, but likely covers all the general sports like cycling, running or walking.
The watch is water resistant of 5 ATM, so you can keep it underwater to depths of 50m for up to 10 minutes. As such, some of the exercises the watch tracks are swimming ones.
SOFTWARE AND BATTERY
The Mi Watch Lite uses Xiaomi's own software interface, similar to the Mi Watch. In terms of non-health features, there's music controls, notifications, call handling, weather reports and other 'standard' features you get in most smartwatches.
Surprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite has built-in GPS - that's something you typically only see in top-end smartwatches. That lets you track workout distance without having to take your phone along for the ride, and should provide more accurate distances for all workouts.
Xiaomi states the Mi Watch Lite can survive 9 days of 'typical usage' (whatever that entails) between charges. We'll make sure to test out that claim for our full review of the watch. The battery will also last for 10 hours of GPS exercise tracking, apparently, another figure we'll scrutinize.