Almost perfect for the price

March 31, 2022 0 Comments

The Mi Watch Revolve is about making big changes to big names like FitBit, Garmin and other Android Wear devices. The Mi Watch Revolver isn’t about throwing away every possible feature to you, but it does bring the most essential features to the table, along with some extras that make the watch seem like a really tough price to pay. While it’s good to have features and specs to talk about, it’s not good if the watch can’t do what it’s advertised to do, which we’ve tested outside.

My Watch Revolve Specs

There are several things to keep in mind when it comes to the Mi Watch Revolver. First and foremost, it has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a maximum brightness of 450 nits. This is to make the content visible on the screen even in harsh daylight and this feature works just like the ad. The sensors on board are a three-axis acceleration sensor, a geomagnetic sensor, an ambient light sensor, but most importantly, a common suspect like a PPG heart rate sensor. The heart rate sensor may not be very exciting, but when you add it to these firstbeat motion algorithms, things become very profitable. Firstbit is the company whose algorithms power many famous wearables, including most Garmin devices. The Mi Watch Revolve uses a number of firstbeat motion algorithms that allow the watch to calculate things like VO2-Max, stress levels, energy levels and even better sleep tracking.

Mi Watch Revol tracking feature

The Mi Watch Revolve tracks six key activities; All-day heart-rate tracking, VO2-Max, body energy monitoring, stress monitoring and everyone’s favorite, step counting. In the workout segment, the Mi Watch Revolve tracks 10 different types of sports. Unlike the Huawei Watch GT2e which tracks more activities that you can engage in a lifetime, the Revolve offers the ten most popular. You can track your run (indoor or outdoor or treadmill), your bike ride, hike, swim and even indoor exercise.

Mi Watch Revolve can track up to ten professional sports activities

Mi Watch Revol Heart Rate Tracking

I have been using the Mi Watch Revolver on my left wrist for a long time and on the other hand I had the faithful Garmin Instinct. Both watches were tracking my heart rate and other activities throughout the day, including several 5km walks, 10km bike rides, and various stair flights. At the end of the day, Mi Watch Revolve reported a resting heart rate at 92bpm whereas my resting heart rate at Garmin was pegged at 86bpm. The difference lies in the margin of error, which is why I believe that the Mi Watch Revolve is quite decent in terms of its all-day tracking capabilities.

Mi Watch Revol Activity Tracking

I specifically tracked my walking and cycling and directly from the bat, one thing that was nice was that the Xiaomi Wear app separated your regular steps from the steps you took from “Tracked Walk”. Other than that, the steps and distances recorded by the Mi Watch were a little higher than what Garmin reported. The Mi Watch Revol recorded a total walking distance of 4.29 kilometers whereas Garmin reported 4.1 kilometers. The average heart-rate reported by Revolve was 121 beats per minute while Garmin Instinct reported an average BPM of 125.

Mi Watch Revolve features FirstBeat Algorithms to get accurate heart rate tracking

Similarly, for my 10K bike ride, the distance reported by Mi Watch Revolver was a solid 10.2km, with Garmin Instinct reporting a dot 10km. I measured the distance using a Garmin Edge 500 bike computer and while the Instinct was very close to the actual number, the Mi Watch Revolve was close enough.

Mi Watch Revolve Sleep Tracking

The Mi Watch Revolver was on a roll, checking all the correct boxes, but one area where it was significantly disrupted was sleep tracking. The watch has not recorded any sleep activity for the past several days, the only record of my two hours of sleep a night.

The Mi Watch Revolve features automatic sleep tracking

Mi Watch Revolve Other Features

Now the Mi Watch Revolve lets you do a lot, but when it comes to smart features, it offers a lot. The watch alerts you to your messages, alarms and you can even receive and reject calls on it. It warns you when you are sitting for too long and should move. These features are quite standard throughout most fitness wearables, so you’re not really missing anything. The rise and fall prompts are especially nice and hard to miss due to the strong vibration of the clock.

Mi Watch Revolve uses FirstBeat Motion algorithm to accurately measure your body's energy levels and stress

Mi Watch Revolve Battery Life

The company claims that the Mi Watch Revolve’s 420mAh battery can last up to 2 weeks without any charge. Although we did not find the exact number in our usage, Revolve managed to run for 6 days using the correct, smartwatch-SQ before the need for another charge. It takes about an hour and a half for the watch to fully rise, which is quite impressive when you consider how long it lasts.


The Mi Watch Revolve is a big step up from the casual fitness bands available in the market. In that case, the price of the watch is also much higher than this national band. 9,999 for the starting price till Diwali (and after Rs. 10,999). For the feature set it offers, it contrasts with many more expensive offers like the Huawei Watch GT2e and even the more expensive Garmin Instinct. While you may not get the kitchen-sync of activity tracking, you will find a watch that uses the best algorithms in the business. The watch itself is fairly stylish and follows the size of a standard watch strap, if you want to customize your watch. Honestly, for the price and performance, it’s hard not to recommend the Mi Watch Revolver.

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