New smart watches with card payment support have already entered the European market. It is a pair of models Xiaomi Watch S1 a Xiaomi Watch S1 Active. Each model has a slightly different target group of users, a different design and a different selling price.
But how will this pair turn out in a direct comparison of the most important features? We will try to find the answer to this in today's comparison article.
These are the technical specifications: Xiaomi Watch S1 vs Xiaomi Watch S1 Active
|Xiaomi Watch S1||Xiaomi Watch S1 Active|
|dimensions||46.5 x 46.5 x 11 mm||46.5 x 47.3 x 11 mm|
|Weight||52 g||36.3 g|
|bracelet||leather + rubber material||rubber material 160 - 220 mm|
|Display||1.43 inch AMOLED touchscreen with sapphire crystal||1.43 inch AMOLED touch|
|Display resolution||466 x 466||466 x 466|
|Number of physical buttons||2||2|
|Sensors||3-axis accelerometer||3-axis accelerometer|
|3-axis gyroscope||3-axis gyroscope|
|heart rate sensor||heart rate sensor|
|SpO2 monitoring||SpO2 monitoring|
|Positioning||GPS / GLONASS / GALILEO||GPS / GLONASS / GALILEO|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b / g / n 2.4 GHz / Bluetooth 5.2 BLE||Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b / g / n 2.4 GHz / Bluetooth 5.2 BLE|
|waterproof||5 ATM||5 ATM|
|Application||My Fitness||My Fitness|
|OS support||Android 6.0 and iOS 10.0 and higher||Android 6.0 and iOS 10.0 and higher|
|Li-Ion battery||470 mAh||470 mAh|
|Battery life||12 - 24 days||12 - 24 days|
|charging||Wireless charging||Magnetic charging|
This is what the pair of watches in the comparison video looks like:
Design and display: 1,43 ″ touch AMOLED
In general, watches designed especially for sports activities have a simple design with a silicone strap. An exception is not even Xiaomi Watch S1 Active. The plastic (polyamide) body of the watch is complemented by a lightweight metal display frame, physical control buttons, a removable strap and 1,43 "AMOLED resolution display 466 x 466 pixels.
This display is covered with unspecified protective glass, but at least the protruding edge with the inscriptions of the functions of the buttons resp. some static bezel.
The model offers a different design Xiaomi Watch S1. This is an elegant watch with black stainless steel (type 316L) and sapphire protective glass display. It does not have a protective bezel, the symbols for the minute hand are displayed on the edges of the display, which will be especially appreciated by a fan of an analog dial.
In addition, the leather strap is interchangeable and the display technology itself is identical to the Active model. It's about 1,43 "AMOLED resolution panel 466 x 466 pixels. In both cases, the control is completed by a pair of physical buttons.
Sensors and activity monitoring: Up to 117 sports
When it comes to health monitoring, the sensors on both the Xiaomi Watch S1 and Watch S1 Active watches are identical. The equipment includes continuous heart rate monitoring (24/7), a sensor for measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood (SpO2), a sensor for measuring atmospheric pressure, but also a sensor for sensing ambient light. There is also an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor.
Sports activities are an ideal activity for this pair of watches. Both pieces support the monitoring of up to 117 different sports (including 19 professional, with automatic recognition). In addition, there is also monitoring of the number of steps, calories burned, stress and monitoring of sleep. You can clearly monitor the results of these activities in your mobile application, which we will talk about in the next chapter.
Connectivity and durability: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity
The equipment of the pair of new European watches from Xiaomi also surprises in terms of connectivity. There is Wi-Fi connectivity, namely the IEEE 802.11 b / g / n (2.4 GHz) standard, but also technology Bluetooth, in version 5.2 BLE.
The latter will ensure a fast and seamless connection to the new mobile application Mi Fitness, which is the latest venture from Xiaomi. This application offers an overview of your statistics, but also the ability to measure activity or view the settings of the watch itself.
The body of both the Xiaomi Watch S1 and Xiaomi Watch S1 Active has increased resistance to water and dust. The manufacturer discloses this durability in the form of a standard 5 ATM.
NFC payments and other features
The big advantage of these new models is also the integrated chip NFC. This chip already supports mobile payments, both officially and in Europe, through the service MasterCard, for selected partners. If you do not use this service, you can bypass it Curves. Detailed instructions for payments through Xiaomi watches and fitness bracelets you will find at the following link.
Xiaomi Watch S1, and also Xiaomi Watch S1 Active they also support the system MIUI designed for wearable electronics. You can choose from several basic screen designs, Czech language support, but also the option to add selected applications.
The system also supports answering or rejecting calls along with displaying the caller's name. Plus, with the Watch S1, you can also make voice calls with the integrated microphone and speaker.
The benefit of a more advanced model Xiaomi Watch S1 there is also support for wireless charging. The wireless charger with a USB type C connector is directly in the package, so you only need to use a single cable (for example, from a phone) on the road. However, if your phone for example Xiaomi 12 Pro, also supports reverse charging, the watch can also be charged on the back of the smartphone or on another wireless charger.
Battery and endurance on a single charge
Both smart watches have the same battery capacity 470 mAh. Due to the identical display and very similar functions, the endurance on one charge will vary in both cases at the level of 12 - 24 days (depending on the intensity of use).
The Watch S1 Active uses magnetic pins for charging, and a magnetic charger is included. The Watch S1 has wireless charging.
Selling price: Is it cheaper or better?
If we look at the sale price, the choice is clear. It is a cheaper and more affordable model Xiaomi Watch S1 Active. This watch is sold at the recommended retail price € 169, however, with a discount coupon, their price may still fall.
Xiaomi Watch S1 Active Global Version
Express delivery from a German warehouse free of duty and VAT.
This product will be delivered to you expressly from your local German warehouse. Delivery from Germany usually takes 7-10 days and is delivered by courier. You do not pay any extra fees, no customs duties or VAT on delivery.
There is no extra charge for EU Priority Line.
We recommend choosing the EU Priority Line, where you will not pay extra. Customs fees and any VAT will be handled directly by you. Shipping can be selected in the cart after entering the delivery address. EU Priority Line delivery typically takes approximately 15 days, but may take longer.
Express delivery from a Spanish warehouse free of duty and VAT.
This product will be delivered to you expressly from your local Spanish warehouse. Delivery from Spain usually takes 7-10 days and is delivered by courier. You do not pay any extra fees, no customs duties or VAT on delivery.
The model is more luxurious, more elegant, but also more expensive Xiaomi Watch S1. And it is this model that is heading into the premium smart watch segment. It has a sapphire protective glass, but the vast majority of technical equipment is identical to the cheaper version of Active. You have to consider the surcharge yourself, because the selling price of this watch has increased in value up to 229 €.
Final rating of smart watches: Xiaomi Watch S1 vs Xiaomi Watch S1 Active
Smart watch Xiaomi Watch S1 are targeted to a different audience than Xiaomi Watch S1 Active. just Xiaomi Watch S1 Active attract with its low price, but with the same and soft AMOLED display and a number of sports modes. Vice versa Xiaomi Watch S1 are more expensive, but for this investment you get a slightly more versatile, but especially elegant design, with a leather strap, sapphire crystal and increased resistance to 5 ATM.
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