Soon to be listed on Hong Kong stock exchange, Xiaomi has become one of the most important hi-tech companies in the world. That is why we always expect very innovative technological products by this Chinese giant and this week wasn’t any different as the company has just announced a new watch, but it is not an innovative smartwatch with tons of features like the wonderful Amazfit series, neither an advanced fitness tracker like the Xiaomi Mi Band 3.
This time, Xiaomi has announced a simple I8 quartz watch which is focused on style and elegance, and it does not boast any smart features. Xiaomi’s I8 quartz watch has a minimalist design and a 6.2-mm thin body with a circular case. The straps are made of steel and, to be accurate, they have been forged from high-tech Vintage Milanese steel. This will make the Xiaomi I8 quartz watch tearproof. The watch also boasts a sapphire glass mirror which is scratch-resistant and scratch-proof.
The watch has a 2.28 mm Citizen Citroën quartz movement; you can even put it underwater as it is waterproof up to 50 m depth. Unlike smartwatches, it does not feature a rechargeable battery but a normal circular battery which can last up to 5 years. It has been launched in China in two versions (41 and 36 mm) with a price tag of 399 Yuan which roughly translates into $63.