Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) starts at Rs 40,900 and Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS+Cellular) costs Rs 49,900. It comes in 40mm and 44mm variants with narrower bezels -- also slimmer this time at 10.7mm. . Image Source: IANS News

May 30 : Undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the wearables market saw 29.7 percent increase in the first quarter of 2020. Reporting this, International Data Corporation (IDC) pointed out that the wristband category market grew 16.2 percent in this quarter.

As per IDC, a total of 7.26 crore wearable units were shipped during the first quarter of 2020, which was 5.6 crore units during the same period last year. Undoubtedly, Apple took the biggest market share in the wearables segment with 29.3 percent, followed by Xiaomi, who took 14 percent of the market share. Samsung and Huawei took 11.9 percent and 11.1 percent of the market share, respectively.

Apple Watch Series 5 vs Xiaomi Mi Watch

A number of beneficial features made the Apple Watch a lovable device amongst Apple lovers. While Apple Watch Series 6 is expected later this year, the new designed leather Apple Watch bands have surfaced, which come in colourful options with a magnet clasping option.

Launched in September last year, Apple Watch Series 5 runs on a new Apple S5 chip with 64-bit dual-core S5 processor, which is up to 2x faster than S3 processor. It has 32 GB storage, which is again up by 16 GB from its previous models.

Xiaomi Mi Watch, which was launched in November last year, comes with a 1.78-inch 368x448 pixels AMOLED touch screen with 326ppi. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC, it is water and swim-proof. With a six-axis sensor, heart rate sensor, GPS support, compass, and barometer on the watch, Mi Watch comes with a 570mAh battery, and includes Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, and NFC support.

While Apple Watch was launched before Xiaomi Mi Watch, we can surely say that the latter has designed its product taking inspiration from Apple Watch as both look very similar. However, the smartphones have several differences between them.

While Apple Watch Series 5 is available in aluminium and titanium, Mi Watch casing comes only in ceramic.

Apple Watch Series 5 comes in two case sizes—40mm and 44mm. While the former has a 1.57-inch AMOLED screen, the latter has 1.78-inch screen. Xiaomi Mi Watch, on the other hand, comes in just one size—44mm that has a 1.78-inch AMOLED screen.

Apple users believe that Apple Watch’s performance is way beyond others. While its software is easily available in the App Store, it supports many useful apps. It has a speedy S5 chip, along with life-saving features like fall detection and an ECG. Xiaomi Mi, on the other hand, supports 40 pre-installed apps, and some may not be essential at all. Its apps are not as great as Apple’s.

Talking about the battery, Apple Watch’s battery lasts for about 18 hours, whereas Mi Watch boasts to last for 36 hours of continuous usage.

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