After a limited release in China, the Xiaomi 12 range has just gone global and showcases the best the Chinese giant has to offer. With the latest Qualcomm silicon, powerful cameras, and super-fast 120W charging that leaves nearly every other Android smartphone in the dust, it’s hard to deny this is a compelling buy. But no smartphone release is complete without equally compelling accessories.
At the event, the company also showed off a pair of smartwatches – the Xiaomi Watch S1 and Watch S1 Active – as well as feature-rich true wireless earbuds in the form of the Xiaomi Buds 3T Pro. And they will definitely be awesome additions to your Xiaomi 12 purchase.
Xiaomi Watch S1/Xiaomi Watch S1 Active
The Xiaomi Watch S1 and its Active counterpart are the two newest members of the company’s growing line of smartwatches – and the most expensive so far. The differences between the two are obvious at first glance: the regular Watch S1 means business, with a premium stainless steel body and sapphire covering its 1.43-inch AMOLED display. The Active is its sporty cousin, with a metal frame and glass lid, but otherwise an identical screen.
The regular model has a leather strap and a stain-resistant fluorocarbon rubber strap, while the Active has a more traditional silicone/TPU strap. If you go beyond the obvious physical distinctions between the two, however, they’re actually more similar on the inside than you might imagine. Both include over 200 watch faces to allow nearly endless customization, dual-band GPS, and 117 different fitness modes, including 19 professional workout modes and 98 advanced workout modes.
With their built-in heart rate and SpO2 sensors, both watches provide 24/7 health data monitoring. You can track your sleep quality and stress levels, and you can even sync this data with Strava and Apple Health. Likewise, they both enable NFC payments and come with wireless charging, app notifications, and Bluetooth calling. They also support voice assistant Alexa, which is especially useful if you’re investing in Amazon’s ecosystem. They will work with any phone running Android 6.0 or higher as well as iPhones running iOS 10 or higher.
The Watch S1 models also have a few sporty additions, those being magnetic charging and 5ATM water resistance, so you can use them for swimming.
The Xiaomi Watch S1 and S1 Active are available from today in Germany and other European markets – you can grab the Active for €179 ($199), while the more premium S1 will set you back €229 ($269). You’ll also be able to get a free Mi Body Composition Scale 2 with your smartwatch purchase until March 31.
Xiaomi Buds 3T Pro
Xiaomi has several cheap offerings in the true wireless earphone space, but the Buds 3T Pro compete in the high-end space – and they’ve got the features to match, too.
These headphones come with 10mm dynamic drivers with two magnets and partial DLC coating. With support for the LHDC 4.0 audio codec and Bluetooth 5.2, the company says the Buds 3T Pro combine innovative hardware and software features to give you a “studio-level listening experience”.
We’ll have to see if that marketing claim is true, but for now it promises a handful of Apple-like software features to make it happen. Perhaps most notable is the “head movement mode”. It allows every sound detail to move dynamically in response to the movement of the user’s head (hence its name), creating an authentic 360-degree audio environment. It sounds a lot like Apple’s Spatial Audio, one of the main selling points of its AirPods line, so if you’re looking for that Apple-like experience, it’s probably one of the closest things you can get on Android – provided it works just as well, of course.
There’s also a “Dimensional Audio” feature that recreates the kind of 360-degree listening experience you’d get in a theater or concert, which sounds like marketing jargon for “faux surround”.
Of course, good 2022 headphones can’t come without active noise cancellation, so the Buds 3T Pro also add that into the mix with three different intensity levels – the lowest being “transparency mode”, which will let you stay aware of your surroundings while you’re on the go, while the highest can reduce your surroundings by up to 40 decibels. There’s also an adaptive mode to switch between the three depending on where you are and what you’re doing.
When it comes to battery life, the Buds 3T Pro can last up to six hours with ANC on, and the battery case can give you a total of 24 hours, which is pretty standard by compared to the competition. And if you need to charge them up, you have the option to charge them wirelessly with the standard USB-C cable. They can be fully charged in just over an hour. The headphones also support dual-device connectivity, allowing you to switch seamlessly between two different devices, for example if you need to take a call while you’re using them on your laptop.
If these sound like your type of headphones, you can pick them up now for €169 in Germany and other European markets ($199 internationally), and they come in black and white colorways.
All of these newly announced devices are now available from Xiaomi’s official online store as well as local outlets, so be sure to put some in your cart when you buy your Xiaomi 12 Pro – or if you’re just looking for one. new pair of headphones/a new connected watch.
UPDATE: 2022/03/15 14:00 EST BY MANUEL VONAU
European pricing and availability
Updated with European pricing and availability
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