It's Teardown o'Clock for the Xiaomi Mi Watch
So it is with the Mi Watch: It's Xiaomi's first contribution to the smartwatch market. It's been only available in Asia since it was released last November, but Xiaomi says, it's coming to Europe in 2020. iFixit gave it a closer look in our teardown.
Just like smartphones, smartwatches have to withstand the challenges of our everyday lives--and sometimes, a broken smartwatch is the consequence. But anyone who'd rather repair their broken Xiaomi Mi instead of replacing it will probably have a difficult time: it's hardly possible to open the device without leaving visible traces.
Despite its tough exterior, the Xiaomi Mi proves to be a little friendlier once one's inside. It's built of replaceable components with repair-friendly press fit connections--including the high-capacity battery, which is used efficiently by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform. There is only one circuit board at the bottom, which is tied by plastic rivets and thus not replaceable.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch's inner life is largely modular but hard to reach--which is why it strikes 4 out of 10 points on the iFixit repairability score.
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