POCO seems to have been infected by the frenetic pace of presentations from his amother’s soul Xiaomi incorporating a sports watch to your catalog.
Xiaomi’s second (or third) brand has used the design of Xiaomi’s watches as the basis for its smartwatch, which adds a bit more confusion to Xiaomi’s already convoluted catalog of products.
The proposal of POCO Watch follows the philosophy of the brand being a well-equipped product that arrives at a very competitive price. Their launch price is 89.99 eurosbut it can already be purchased on the official website itself for 69.99 euros.
|Dimensions||39.1 x 34.4 x 9.98mm | 31g|
|Screen||Color AMOLED | 1.6 inches | 320 x 360 pixels | 301 dpi|
|Drums||225mAh | Magnetic pin charging|
|connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0 | integrated GPS|
|sensors||Optical heart rate sensor | Accelerometer | gyroscope | Electronic compass | SpO2 sensor|
|strap materials||125-205mm TPU strap|
|Endurance||5 ATM | polymer case|
Analysis of POCO Watch by sections:
Almost a clone of the Redmi Watch 2 Lite, except for the improvements on the screen
I must admit that when I received the POCO Watch I couldn’t help feeling Deja vu for its incredible resemblance to the Redmi Watch 2 Lite that we already tested a few months ago.
In fact, except for its screen and some functions that have been added to this model, we could say that it is the same watch, at least as far as appearance is concerned.
The POCO Watch is committed to a rectangular design with smooth lines on the front with dimensions 39.1 x 34.4 x 9.98mm and just 31 grams of weight with strap included.
Worn on the wrist, it is a discreet and light sports watch that does not attract attention due to its size or its garish design. It is available in three finishes: blue, ivory and black (rather dark gray) that POCO has sent us for this analysis.
The strap made of TPU it is exactly the same that we found in Watch 2 Lite, and incorporates the same proprietary anchors which will force you to use the ones for that specific model if you want to change them. In any case, changing them will not be easy either since the clamping mechanism is really hard.
The case is made of polycarbonate and draws a soft curve on the back to make it more comfortable. Have a single button centered on the right side that stands out from the box for having a gloss finish.
The button has a short press that allows it not to protrude more than is strictly necessary, thus avoiding discomfort when flexing the wrist or accidental presses during training.
On the back of the box we find the optical heart rate and SpO2 sensors with the same layout that we found in the Redmi Watch 2 Lite. Just below are the magnetic charging pins to which it adheres. compact magnetic charger that we found in Redmi watches.
Near these pins we find a small hole that can lead to error and make us think that it is a microphone, something that is ruled out when using it since the POCO Watch does not include a microphone or speaker some.
The main difference that the POCO Watch brings compared to the rest of smart sports watches from Redmi and Xiaomi it’s the screen. The POCO Watch incorporates an AMOLED screen 1.6” color screen with a resolution of 320 x 360 pixels that leaves a 301 dpi densitycompared to the TFTs that mount the mentioned models.
Includes function of automatic brightness and manually adjustable to 5 levels, which guarantees a perfect view of the screen even outdoors in full sun. In addition, having a gyroscope allows you to activate the screen when you raise your wrist, so this section is solved impeccably.
This function of automatic screen activation with movement It is programmable, so you can set a schedule for Do not disturb for the night, and prevent it from activating when you move your arm while you sleep.
It has always-on display functionallowing you to always see the time and date with reduced consumption as it is an AMOLED screen. To avoid screen burn-in, the watch slightly changes the position of the digits shifting them a few pixels every so often.
The screen responds correctly to touch, but does not convey the feeling of immediacy of high-end watches. Something similar happens with the transitions between screens that, although they do not present jerks or strange things, they do not offer that organic sensation of turning the page.
The POCO Watch can install up to 5 different watch faces, and has a catalog of more than a hundred designs, both free and paid, accessible from the control application installed on the smartphone. In addition, some of these spheres are interactive and, by clicking on an icon, you access the related data.
Precision in the line of Xiaomi and Redmi integrating in the same app
If we have not had too many novelties in the design with respect to the Redmi and Xiaomi watchesdon’t expect to find them on your operating system either because it’s literally the same.
It is RTOS, a easy to use and fairly fluid operating system which, however, is very restrictive with third-party apps, so unlike watches based on Wear OS or Watch OS, the options to extend functions are very limited.
In its download we have to say that the POCO Watch comes very well equipped in terms of monitoring and connectivity optionsallowing to cover the basic needs of athletes who start in an activity or those people who only seek to gamify their day to motivate themselves to lead a more active life.
The POCO Watch connects with the smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 thus synchronizing the notifications and call notices, but it is not possible to answer any of them. Not even using predefined answers.
The POCO’s first sports watch It comes with the automatic activity recognition function, but unfortunately this is not the fastest and most efficient, because until well after ten or fifteen minutes of the activity it does not suggest starting to monitor it in detail with any of the over 100 activity profiles.
Yes, it is true that they seem like a lot, but in reality it has a lot of posture since different activities such as Walking, Hiking or Excursionism are listed as options when, basically and without taking into account the terrain through which it passes, it is the same activity.
We find good variety of activitiesboth in team sports and indoor activities, as well as indoor and outdoor activities, such as swimming in open water or in a pool to test the r5 ATM clock resistance.
I liked that, while the sports activity is being recorded, the data is shown in real time, but it also allows access to the smartphone music playback controls and other functions built into the watch. It may seem obvious, but this operating system does not allow you to do it on all devices.
Regarding the accuracy of the data obtained, just say that in relation to distances and speeds they are quite consistent with what we have obtained with other smart watches, but we cannot forget that we are not dealing with a medical device and, therefore, the Values are only indicative.
Something similar happens with the records of vital signs such as heart rate or blood oxygen saturation, where theThe precision of the device is highly conditioned by the fact of wearing the watch well and fitting it in the right place.. Just above the wrist bone.
One of the positive points of this device is that has integrated GPS and it works reasonably well. In some points of the route it has deviated a little from the trajectory marking a strange peak in the route, but in general it has remained within acceptable parameters for a smart watch that costs less than 70 euros.
Sleep monitoring is quite accurate in detecting the time to sleep and wake up. With the proper adjustment, it allows you to know the different stages of sleep and add data such as heart rate or oxygen saturation level to prevent apneas. Of course, this detailed monitoring will take its toll on its autonomy of use.
All the information collected by the POCO Watch is synchronized with the app My Fitness, available for Android and iPhone mobiles, where the data is broken down into different sections and graphs so that a history of each of the parameters can be obtained by days, weeks or months.
To counteract a little the secrecy of the operating system, Mi Fitness allows you to bridge between the smartwatch and third-party apps like Strava via the Connected Apps feature.
5 days of real use using all its functions
We come to another key points in the POCO Watch analysis: its autonomy. Is POCO’s promise of reaching 14 days of use really fulfilled? Based on our experience we can say yes, 14 days of use are reachedbut at the cost of not using most of the watch’s functions.
The POCO Watch mounts a 225mAh batterysomewhat less capacity than that mounted by the Redmi Watch 2 Lite, but with a very similar autonomy thanks to the energy savings involved in mounting an AMOLED screen compared to the TFT ones.
In real use, with most of the functions of this POCO Watch in use and receiving notifications from some apps, POCO’s watch has left us between 5 and 6 days of use.
The functions that have the greatest impact on the battery are those related to continuous measurement of heart rate and oxygen saturation throughout the day. The more you separate these records, the less battery is consumed, but the less data it will contribute to your daily history. In the end, the secret of everything lies in balance.
If the POCO Watch follows in the footsteps of its Redmi and Xiaomi cousins in almost all points, the battery charge was not going to be different, tracing the charging times. In 35 minutes it has recovered 50% of its capacity, while it took 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete 100% of its charge with the included USB magnetic charger.
Basic smart watch that meets everything, but does not stand out in anything
As we have been telling you throughout this POCO Watch review, it is a watch that will not be remembered for its innovations in the segment of smart watches.
If Xiaomi had wanted, it could have called this model Redmi Watch 2 Pro or Xiaomi Mi Watch Pro and it would have been the same since it only provides some very specific characteristics with respect to what Xiaomi you already have in your catalog.
The most purists will tell me that the correct thing is to value it exclusively within the POCO catalog and in that context it is the POCO’s first sports smartwatch. It’s like cheating at solitaire.
Let no one misunderstand me, for the 69.99 euros that the POCO Watch costs now in its official storeI think it’s a better buy than the Redmi Watch 2 Lite that now costs about 54.48 euros.
It has a better screen, somewhat more accurate GPS and better automatic activity detection, but that does not take away from the fact that Xiaomi has distributed its range of watches among the catalogs of its three brandsand the POCO Watch is the one with the best featuresstanding just above their quantification bracelets.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism