Xiaomi has officially confirmed the existence of its first smartwatch after months of rumors and leaks regarding the wearable. The news was confirmed by the brand’s Vice President Liu De at a conference in Beijing.
De went on to announce that the Xiaomi Smartwatch will see the light of day sometime in the second half of 2016, which means the unveiling of the device should only be a few months away. To recall, a previous report had alleged that the gadget would be launched alongside the new Mi Band 2. However, the latter is set to come out on May 10.
It’s possible the launch of the Xiaomi Smartwatch has been delayed. Other than the wearable, the company is also looking to release products for short-distance travelling. GizmoChina suggests that this means it’ll develop offerings like an electric bike or robots such as the Ninebot.
It’s not completely out of Xiaomi’s wheelhouse, given its previous dealings with water purifiers, smart shoes and transformer toys. However, one area it’s definitely not interested in at the moment is automobiles, so there’s no chance of it launching a car like rival LeEco.
While Xiaomi has also been known for its strong online sales model, De has now indicated that the manufacturer is looking to focus more on establishing its offline presence. He gave an approximate figure of about 60 brick-and-mortar outlets by the end of 2016.
Going back to the Xiaomi Smartwatch, little is known about the device right now. Speculation so far has hinted that it could flaunt a larger display than the Mi Band 2 and will focus on one particular feature. There’s no word on what this mysterious function could be, but it’ll most probably be something health-related.