Xiaomi Watch S1 launched with stainless steel frame, round AMOLED display, also Xiaomi Buds 3 debut

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Xiaomi Watch S1 and Xiaomi Buds 3 were launched on Tuesday alongside the Xiaomi 12 series and MIUI 13. While the Xiaomi Watch S1 is the company’s highest quality smartwatch offering to date, the Xiaomi Buds 3 are the latest truly wireless stereo earbuds (TWS). The Xiaomi Watch S1 comes with a noble stainless steel frame and sapphire glass protection. It also includes a leather strap option to provide a premium feel on the wrist. The Xiaomi Buds 3, on the other hand, offer a convincing wireless audio listening experience with functions such as Active Noise Canceling (ANC) and HiFi audio.

Xiaomi Watch S1, Xiaomi Buds 3 price

The price of the Xiaomi Watch S1 has been set at CNY 1,049 (approximately rupees 12,300) for the Viton strap option, while the one with the leather strap is CNY 1,099 (approximately rupees 12,900). The smartwatch is available in Obsidian Black with a black Viton strap and Streamer Silver with brown and blue leather strap options. The Xiaomi Buds 3 have a price of 449 CNY (about 5,300 rupees) and are available in the colors Black Jade and First Snow White.

Both devices will be available in China from December 31st. Details on the launch of the Xiaomi Watch S1 and Xiaomi Buds 3 in global markets including India are to be announced.

Xiaomi Watch S1 specifications

The Xiaomi Watch S1 has a round 1.43-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 466 x 466 pixels and sapphire glass protection. The smartwatch is compatible with devices with at least Android 6.0 or iOS 10.0 and comes with 117 sport modes. It also features a 5ATM waterproof construction.

In connection with a compatible phone, the Xiaomi Watch S1 can be used to navigate messages and notifications. It also includes a microphone and speaker that allow users to participate in voice calls from their wrist without having to take their connected phone out of their pockets.

The Xiaomi Watch S1 supports blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and heart rate measurement. However, it cannot be used as a replacement for medical equipment. The smartwatch also has built-in GNSS positioning support for precise location tracking and NFC for contactless payments.

Other connectivity options of the Xiaomi Watch S1 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth v5.2.

Xiaomi has equipped the Watch S1 with a 470 mAh battery that provides up to 12 days of regular use or up to 24 hours of standby time on a single charge. The watch comes with a wireless charging station and measures 46.5 x 46.5 x 11 mm.

Xiaomi Buds 3 specifications

The Xiaomi Buds 3 are equipped with an ultra-dynamic dual-magnetic driver unit, which is touted for a detailed audio output on all levels. There is also an independent rear cavity along with a metal grille for precise control of the low frequency dynamics. Xiaomi has also added its proprietary HRFT tuning curve which supposedly helps enable studio-grade sound quality.

Xiaomi Buds 3 should deliver a sound quality at studio level
Photo credit: Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Buds 3 has three different microphones for noise suppression, which should help to reduce ambient noise by up to 40 decibels. There are three different ANC modes, namely Mild Noise Reduction, Balanced Noise Reduction and Deep Noise Reduction. These can be selected depending on the environmental conditions and the level of noise that users want to reduce.

The Xiaomi Buds 3 also include a dedicated transparency mode to help users communicate with others or hear ambient noise while listening to their music tracks.

Similar to other earbuds in the same segment, the earbuds of the Xiaomi Buds 3 are dust and water resistant according to IP55. The earbuds also support touch gestures for participating in voice calls and customizing audio output.

Xiaomi offers the Buds 3 Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity. The earbuds also come with a charging case that allows for quick pairing with select Xiaomi phones.

The Xiaomi Buds 3 are designed for a battery life of up to 32 hours when used together with the charging case. The earbuds themselves offer seven hours of playback time on a single charge when the ANC function is turned off. In addition, the supplied charging case supports both wired (USB Type-C) and wireless charging.

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