The Xiaomi Redmi Watch Lite 2 is, on paper, a pretty impressive watch for its price. It costs under a thousand Swedish kroner and can log the basic values during your training, give you notifications, control music and measure your sleep. Instead of a round case, Xiaomi has given the watch a square design. In terms of controls, it has a physical button on the right side and the rest is managed with swipes on the touch screen. The button is used, among other things, to wake up the clock (when it is not enough to turn on/raise the wrist) and then to bring up all the widgets and the menu.
The smart features work just fine. You can get notifications from the apps on your phone, but you can’t respond to them or take any action other than rejecting incoming calls or just deleting the notifications from the watch. You can also raise/lower the volume, change the song and pause if you are playing music from the phone. Then there are also alarms, timers and stopwatches. Pretty basic stuff, then.
The screen is a 1.55 inch TFT screen with a resolution of 320 x 360 pixels. It is clear and shines quite brightly. It, like most watches without an always-on display, has a feature to wake the screen when the watch is turned up, but it’s quite stubborn so in about half of the cases I pressed the button on the side of the watch instead to turn on the screen.
If you are interested in logging your training and health values using the watch, it works relatively well. It can measure your heart rate, blood oxygenation and has a GPS to give you data from your training rounds. During exercise, the pulse measurement is continuous, but otherwise you can get a measurement per minute at best. It measures the oxygenation of the blood automatically when you sleep, otherwise you can make spot measurements. Pulse values and GPS measurements seem to match quite well. I can’t see any deviations that make me suspicious. The pulse values also seem to agree with how it usually looks for me. There are many different training profiles, so almost regardless of what you do, you can probably find a profile that matches your activity.
Something that did not work particularly well during the test is the measurements of sleep. I have received very sporadic reports and there are only a few nights where the watch actually measured my sleep properly and then transferred the data to the phone. If I look at the data in the watch, it is usually completely wrong. The watch seems to notice when I go to bed and when I get out of bed, but not when I actually sleep. The battery life is stated to be ten days with normal use and five days with “heavy” use, but I would probably like to say that if you are going to use the functions that the watch has, it is about five days that applies.
Failed to update
During the test, a new software was also added to the watch (which should expand the number of languages in the menu), but despite double-digit attempts to update the watch, I did not succeed. It aborted the update for no apparent reason and when I almost managed to get to 100% it aborted again and started over so I gave up. Otherwise, the bluetooth connection between the watch and the phone works well, notifications arrive at the same time to the watch as to the phone and other types of transfers seem to go quite smoothly (except for the sleep data, but this is probably due to the fact that the watch does not consider itself to have data about sleep apart from a rather awkward guess about when I fell asleep and woke up).
On the whole, the Xiaomi Redmi Watch Lite 2 may not be that impressive, but if you want a very basic smartwatch and aren’t too concerned about measuring your sleep, you don’t have to pay that much anyway. If you want a watch that’s similar in design, but performs noticeably better, I’d look at the Garmin Venu SQ 2. It costs quite a bit more, but it also offers a better experience.
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