By Abhik Sengupta: Xiaomi is back in the smartwatch segment with its latest offering, the Redmi Watch 3 Active. Looks-wise, the new Redmi smartwatch resembles the Redmi Watch 2 Lite, which in turn shares similarities with the rectangular dial of the Apple Watch. However, the Redmi Watch 3 Active boasts a larger 1.83-inch display. It also offers most of the standard features you’d expect from a modern-day smartwatch, including step count, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth calling, app alerts, water reminders, and more. Nonetheless, some features are missing, like an altimeter for stair flight count. Overall, it’s a no-frills watch priced at Rs 2,999, with potential deals and offers in the future.
If your budget is under Rs 3,000, should the Redmi Watch 3 Active be on your list? Here are five things you need to know.
-Although the Redmi Watch 3 Active resembles an Apple Watch, the frame is mostly plastic. The frame features a “non-conductive vacuum metallisation” coating to offer a premium appearance. It also keeps the smartwatch lightweight, considering there’s a 1.83-inch display. There’s 5ATM waterproofing.
-Customers can choose between charcoal black or platinum grey colours. Xiaomi is also offering a green strap (sold separately). The strap does not have a traditional metallic buckle. It makes the watch look sporty. Unless you’re allergic to silicone, the Redmi Watch 3 Active is comfortable to wear, even during sweaty workouts or to sleep.
-The display offers adequate brightness though the colours are slightly muted. That’s because the Redmi Watch 3 Active carries an LCD display instead of an AMOLED panel.
-Smartwatches in general never offer the most accurate measurements of your health metrics, and the same goes for the Redmi Watch 3 Active. However, smartwatches offer a good reference point.
-Compared to the Fitbit Versa 4, the Redmi Watch 3 Active counted two extra steps on several occasions. You can also track SpO2, sleep, stress, and heart rate. The Redmi Watch 3 Active can work with Android phones and iPhones via the Mi Fitness app.
-The Redmi Watch 3 Active impresses with its excellent battery backup. As there is no Always-On Display (AOD) feature, the watch lasts much longer per charge. Xiaomi boasts a remarkable 12-day battery life, achieved by keeping the wake time at 2 minutes. However, if you choose the five-minute wake-time option, the backup per charge will decrease.
Overall, the Redmi Watch 3 Active gets the basics right, and users will have few major complaints with the smartwatch. The app is easy to use, and the watch is simple to set up. Xiaomi could improve the watch by adding an altimeter for stair flight count, and an AMOLED display would be ideal, as many watches under Rs 3,000 offer this feature.