Along with the Redmi Buds 5 Pro wireless earbuds, Xiaomi has launched the new Redmi Watch 4 smartwatch.
Before we begin the review, I should say that the global version of the Redmi Watch 4 was released a couple of days ago, but I have the Chinese version. I ordered this smartwatch from China about a month ago for $75. The price of the global version of the Redmi Watch 4 starts from $107.
You know, it is not even a question of price, it is a question of functions.
Let’s do a review of the Chinese version of Redmi Watch 4 and find out if it is worth buying it or the global one is better.
So, the Redmi Watch 4 comes in this simple white box. There is an image of the smartwatch on the front side, and some specs on the back, but it is all in Chinese.
The Redmi Watch 4 is a smartwatch, so it has a big 1.97-inch display. We will talk about it a little later.
One of the main features of the new Redmi smartwatch is an aluminum alloy frame, as well as a metal crown. I want to remind you that the previous generation Redmi Watch 3 had a plastic body, and no crown.
I think the crown is very handy and even a must-have for smartwatches. It not only makes the watch more classic and stylish, but also functional because you can twist the crown to navigate through the menus.
On the back of the Redmi Watch 4, we can see health tracking sensors, charging contacts, microphone and speaker. The good news is that the new Redmi smartwatch supports Bluetooth phone calls. We will check it out a little later.
The strap is silicone, and it has a size from 135 to 205 mm.
I am almost 100% sure that there will be straps available in other colors, and even other materials for the Redmi Watch 4.
So, the new Redmi smartwatch looks and feels very good, but its main feature is the display. Let’s talk about it.
The screen diagonal of the Redmi Watch 4 is 1.97 inches. For comparison, the previous generation Redmi Watch 3 had a more compact 1.75-inch display.
Let’s move on to the functions of the smartwatch.
First, you can change watch faces on the Redmi Watch 4. There are six watch faces available out of the box, but you can download more from the app on smartphone.
By the way, the Clearing Water function doesn’t clean the water, but it cleans the smartwatch from water. The smartwatch is water resistant to the 5ATM rating. This function should be used every time you take the watch into water so it will automatically remove water from the speaker.
The Redmi Watch 4 also has many widgets, such as weather, sleep, running, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, stress, NFC cards, AliPay, Events, and music player.
Finally, you can press on the crown to enter the menu with all the functions.
The Redmi Watch 4 has a running assistant with different running exercises.
Then, there is Training, Stats, Heart Rate, Vitality, spO2, Sleep, Stress, Breathing Exercises, Mi Home, Mi Ai, Weather, Cards, Calendar, Events, Tasks, Favorite Contacts, Phone, Music, Camera, Alarm, Focus, Stopwatch, Timer, World Clock, Compass, Find Phone, Flashlight, AliPay and Settings.
It looks like the Redmi Watch 4 is a larger version of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, and a much larger version of the Smart Band 8. Unfortunately, the new Redmi smartwatch doesn’t have a HyperOS operating system.
Before we get to the mobile app, let’s take a look at the watch settings.
In the Sound and Vibration menu, we can turn on/off silent mode, as well as change the volume of the ring, media, alarm, and change the vibration power.
Once again, the settings of the Redmi Watch 4 are the same as on the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro.
Mi Fitness App
You know, even the companion app for the new Redmi smartwatch is the same as for Xiaomi smart bands. It is called Mi Fitness.
One of the main features of the new Redmi smartwatch is Bluetooth calling. You can add your favorite contacts in the app, and then make calls from the watch. Here is how it looks like.
Hey, what’s up! I am testing Bluetooth phone calls on Redmi Watch 4, and I am talking to you through the smartwatch. One, two, three, one, two, three.
Now I am talking through my smartphone, and you hear me from the smartwatch speaker. One, two, three, one, two, three.
The Redmi Watch 4 also has an emergency SOS. You can activate it in the app, enter the phone number and name of the person to be called in an emergency. Now, you can quickly press the crown on the watch three times to call your emergency contact.
You know, the new Redmi smartwatch supports NFC, but it can only be used for transport cards in China, not for contactless payment. I think NFC is a useless function for anyone outside of China.
Heart Rate and SpO2
Okay, let’s talk about the health and sports functions of the Redmi Watch 4.
Unfortunately, I don’t have Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro right now to compare it to the Redmi Watch 4, but I have Xiaomi Smart Band 8.
I am in a relaxed state now, and the heart rate levels on the wearable devices are almost the same.
Talking about workout modes, the Redmi Watch 4 has eight main sports modes such as running, walking, swimming and others, but you can also tap on More, and get other workout modes. I think there are over 150 of them here.
The Redmi Watch 4 can be very good for sports because it has a built-in multi-system GNSS. In other words, it uses 6 navigation satellite systems such as GPS, Galileo and others.
You know, I am surprised by the result.
As for Strava on the iPhone, here we see 2.17 km.
This test shows that the built-in GPS in the Redmi Watch 4 doesn’t play a big role in calculating distance when playing sports.
The battery of the Redmi Watch 4 has a capacity of 470mAh. You know, it is much bigger than the battery of the Redmi Watch 3 with 289mAh.
The battery life of the Redmi Watch 4 is really good for a smartwatch with a large AMOLED screen.
You know, I had very high expectations for the Redmi Watch 4, but they were not met. If you compare the new Redmi smartwatch with the previous generation, it does have some improvements such as a larger display, metal body, navigation crown, bigger battery, as well as longer battery life.
However, I cannot say that the Redmi Watch 4 is a real smartwatch because it doesn’t have HyperOS operating system from Xiaomi.
In fact, the Redmi Watch 4 reminds me a lot of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, which also has a built-in GPS, NFC, AMOLED display, etc. However, the advantage of the Redmi watch is Bluetooth calling. This function is something I really miss in Xiaomi fitness bracelets.
What do you think about Redmi Watch 4? Write in the comments below.