Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 lite test: a connected watch not so light

Our opinion on the Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite connected watch

“Who does not have his smartwatch at 30 is a missed geek”. It could be an advertising phrase, but luckily, it's much easier to do than with other types of tocantes. Especially since Redmi is releasing a lighter version of a second watch, the Watch 2 lite.

At the cost of a few less functions (AMOLED screen, microphone and HP ...), Xiaomi offers you a Smart Watch relatively well endowed with Integrated GPS, monitoring of SPO2, heart rate, sleep, 100 different sports… between 50 and 60 € depending on promotions.

Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite: an accessible connected watch

Unboxing

Redmi always takes care of the quality of its packaging, giving them a high-end appearance, or almost. The Redmi Watch 2 lite is delivered in a box of 10 x 10 x 7,5 cm with a visual of the watch in an iridescent silver circle and the MI logo. The rear will resume the main characteristics: water resistance, SPO2, 1,55 in ...

Well wedged in 100% cardboard packaging and therefore recyclable, your watch is protected against shocks during logistics. The support is in fact a box which will include a fairly complete user guide, partly in French. There is also the proprietary magnetic charging cable. Too bad that each brand has a connection per product ... it looks like 10 years back with the cables for smartphone. You will plug the USB 2 plug into a laptop charger in order to charge the device. It takes about 2-3 hours for a full charge.

Regarding the design of the watch, one thing is certain, Xiaomi has not sprained. It looks like the Watch 2, but also the Realme watch. In short, it looks like a basic connected watch without anything making it stand out. However, it exists in several colors. The dial is a almost square 3,5 x 4,1 cm by 1,1 cm thick and displays 35 grams on the scale (as a whole). Everything is made of fairly good quality black plastic. You will add 12 and 7 cm bracelet in thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU.

Unlike its big sister and its AMOLED screen, the Redmi Watch 2 Lite presents a 1,55 '' TFT LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 360 px. This technology makes it possible to have very good readability and very beautiful colors. And indeed, it is very readable, with good contrasts. The wallpapers are not the most detailed, that's for sure, we won't believe in a mechanical watch, that's for sure, but in any case, you will be able to cause a sensation. Its size makes it suitable for both male and female wrists, thin or wide. But for big paws, it will be a bit tight.

On the back of the watch, you will find the LED system to track heart rate and Sp02. The PPG function will use green diodes which will pulsate light through the skin, at the capillaries above the wrist and the light reflected at the sensor will allow the blood flow to be measured. The principle for measuring oxygen saturation (SpO2) is more or less the same, but the wavelength of the light used will change (red). Under the CE mark, you will find the 2 contactors for charging.

You will notice that the bracelets can be removed by pressing buttons at their base. And… good luck removing them without breaking everything. On the right edge, it has a single button that will be used to turn it on, turn it on (or by raising your wrist) and navigate through the menus.

For the price, although we're on a disappointing design, the overall quality is relatively good, with good materials, strong and comfortable to wear. Indeed, even when wearing it 24 hours a day, adults and children (yes, they tested, we will come back to it) do not feel any discomfort. No allergy either as it sometimes happens.

Features:

  • Type : Connected watch
  • Model : M2109W1
  • Dimensions : with the strap: 21; 2 cm long, 1,1 cm thick and 3,5 cm wide.
  • Weight : 35 grams
  • Power supply : 262 mAh battery
  • Connectivity : Bluetooth 5.0
  • Range of use : 0 - 45 ° C
  • Water resistance : 5 ATM or 50 m. That is to say swimming pool, bath, shower without putting the jet directly on it.
  • Autonomy : 10 days in standard mode and 10 hours in GPS mode. So average.
  • Number of sports activities recorded : up to 100, although the measured data will be more or less the same for the most part. 17 are more specifically detailed: running, hiking, walking, outdoor cycling, carpet, swimming, swimming pool…
  • Activity tracking : Yes
  • Track number of steps : Yes
  • Heart rate monitoring : Yes
  • Stress monitoring : Yes
  • Meditation mode : Yes
  • Monitoring of blood oxygen saturation : Yes
  • Menstrual cycle tracking : yes, but only for the ladies.
  • Sleep Monitoring : Yes
  • Tracking Lost Calories : Yes
  • Alarm clock, reminder : yes (drink, get up ...)
  • Integrated voice assistant : no…
  • Weather : Yes
  • Notifications : Yes
  • Controlling the music of the smartphone : Yes
  • Controlling the camera of the smartphone : Yes
  • Integrated gps : Yes

Frankly, for a Lite version, it is far from being light with the integrated GPS and sensors in all directions, pulling activities, health monitoring quite interesting ... This is what we find with much more expensive products.

So we tested it by comparing the data with a connected watch also equipped with an integrated GPS, an Amazfit GTR 2.

Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite: use via Xiaomi Wear app

Redmi will use the app Xiaomi Wear to control his watch. You will need to create an account (activation by code received by email), activate your Bluetooth and your GPS. Before you can install the watch, you need to finalize your profile: gender, age, height and weight. Once done, go to my profile and press the “+” at the top right or center “Add device” to install the Watch 2 lite.

At the same time, turn on the watch by pressing the single button. Select the language of your choice of course. Launch the search via the application as seen above and let it be. Everything is done via Bluetooth. You will need to confirm the verification code and that's it. Following this, finalize your profile by coming to define step, weight or other goals. You will have the possibility to choose dials, or Watch Faces, in fairly limited number...

Don't forget either activate various permissions so that you can receive notifications, calls and background functionality. Once done, your watch is ready for use. Everything is relatively fast. You will surely have an update to make.

Let's look at the application in more detail. You have 3 tabs. :

  • State : It's the home page, in a way. You will have access to your training history, the duration of your sleep (day, week, month, year) and a set of specific slabs that you will choose (heart rate, stress, standing time, blood oxygen, menstrual cycles, energy expended,…). Note that some data is available but not compatible with the watch like the ECG (Electrocardiogram) or the VO2… Too bad. There is also, by default, the number of steps and calories lost.

 

  • Training : you can come and start a training mode. But the best is to go through the watch. We will come back to that.
  • Profile : catch-all area but very useful. In addition to the access and the choice of dials, you can come and activate a certain number of parameters on the watch such as those relating to health monitoring:
    • Cardiac frequency
    • Sleep,
    • SPO2
    • Stress
    • Inactivity alert.

By entering these parameters, you can not only activate them but also configure them if necessary.

You can also, in the same way, activate and configure certain applications such as the weather forecast, the camera (triggering remotely from that of your smartphone) and training. With this last point, you will wind up in the watch those you plan to use in relation to your daily use. There are over 100 of them ranging from swimming to badminton, yoga and skipping rope to hiking. Note some rather strange translations like the sport of "walking" ... surely walking.

You will also have the possibility to come edit Widgets. These are the different screens that you will have on your watch, kinds of shortcuts: Heart rate, SPO2, weather forecast, music (manage the music on your smartphone only, cannot be added from the watch).

By rummaging through the settings, you will be able to set everything like the menstrual cycles of the ladies.

The application is both provided but at the same time relatively simple. We will now see what it looks like on a daily basis.

Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite: daily use

We will see together both the daily measurements but also the daily use of the watch. By sliding the screens to the right and left, you can choose your widgets: synthesis, weather forecast, etc.

By pressing the right button, you will enter the different applications. Each will allow you to consult various data or initiate follow-ups. The one with the person running allows you to select a sport. Once done, if necessary, the GPS positions itself. The watch benefits from several satellite networks: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou. Positioning is very fast. We compared it with an Amazfit GRT 2 (theamazfit band 5 being to forget) and the results are quite good, or even very good. The distance tracking is really precise and representative. Once the activity is over, the app gives you full tracking, of course, depending on the chosen physical activity. The monitoring of sports activities is very relevant. Note, however, that for most sports, the follow-ups are the same (calories, heart rate, etc.). At this rate, we can put 1000 sports and not 100 by doing the same thing. But it's not unique to the watch, it's just an unnecessary marketing aspect.

You will have a complete report of the various parameters measured such as the geographical map of your activity, the distance, your heart rate, the speed, your breathing ... But for the more picky, other data is missing, like altitude, among others. It may seem like a detail, but when you hike in the mountains, knowing that you have taken 300 m of elevation gain in 2 km, it is not the same as 100m in 10 terminals. It explains both average speed, cardio and more. It is therefore a lack.

You will also have access, via the application page of the watch, to the history of your activity (the logo in the form of a file), the calories burned, the measurement of SPO2, meditations ..., but also the parameters such as the choice watch faces, brightness, Do Not Disturb (DND) mode for the night ...

Heart rate tracking makes sense and most importantly, doesn't stall. As the blood oxygen saturation and measurements ranged from 96 to 98%, which is quite consistent. For information, a normal SpO2 level is 95 to 100%. Below 95%, you suffer from hypoxemia. With the Covid, this type of measure can be an interesting tool. But beware, this is not a medical device.

For the ladies, cycle tracking is quite convenient because will make it possible to predict the date of the next period, the period of ovulation, the period of fertility ... It is even possible to notify if the first days are painful, the mood ... But even if there is a predictive mode, it remains based on a logical calculation of 28 days between cycle and 5 days ... So it's more mathematical than anything else.

The display is really readable and clear. The quality of the graphics of the dials is quite good but you will not have the same rendering as an AMOLED screen. But for the screen size, it's pretty good. But beware, the watch will not display any picture or photo that you can receive in your notifications. The emoticons are also quite disappointing.

As announced in the specifications, the realme Watch is ATM5. So we tested it by taking our daily shower with it. No problem found. You can therefore go there but be careful not to put the jet all the way on because it will explode the 5 ATM.

The use is also very simple. From the watch face, swipe down to see your notifications. To the left or to the right to have access to your Widgets and down to access some options such as switching to DND mode, alarm clock, brightness adjustment ... We had the Watch 2 Lite tested by children (9 years old ) and the use seemed very intuitive to them. No problem understanding the buttons and settings. We also had it tested by a person who does not know much about connected objects, and the conclusions are the same: simple, intuitive and precise.

On the other hand, it does not integrate voice assistants as Alexa or GA unlike the GTR2, the Xiaomi Mi Watch or Fitbit Versa 2.

In conclusion of this test of the Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite connected watch, we are really amazed by the quality of this product, considering its price around 60 €, excluding promotion. She is far from being light with her Integrated gps, Its SPO2 sensors, cardio, Its relevant settings (reminders, activity, sleep, cycles…). The results are very precise and the sporting part is rather well supplied... The screen is readable and clean. Athletes will appreciate the fact that it does not take up space and that the restitution of the results is rich in information. But purists will expect more. It is also a watch which, by its versatility and simplicity, is aimed at the greatest number of people, sporty or not. However, it doesn't have a built-in voice assistant and its design is pathetic.

Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite

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