What if we told you that a smartwatch is furnished with a heart rate monitor, GPS, color OLED screen, dual-core processor and 5-day battery life could be had for less than $150?
I wouldn’t blame you if had no clue that Xiaomi makes smartwatches too. It’s been only a few months since the Chinese manufacturer entered the smartwatch market. Although the motive behind this move is unclear, the wearable market is growing day by day.
In my honest opinion, the smartwatches are highly overpriced in the market today, and that makes it a bit difficult to afford one. But, Xiaomi is bringing a breakthrough by bringing a smartwatch that only costs around $150.
The design and display
The Xiaomi Amazfit features a unique design, that we have not seen in other water proof smartwatches. Although it has a round touchscreen, the edges are not sharp, instead, they are round as well. The bezels are made out of zirconia cement, and so are scratch-resistant.
The device comes with a 1.34-inch display with a resolution of 300×300 pixels. The display is sharp and the colors produced are vivid, that makes it visible under any lighting conditions.
The watch case houses a small, physical button on the top right edge, that has to be pressed each time you need to wake the device. This is one of the things I didn’t like about the device. The button is too inconspicuous that a one-time press won’t actually make it work.
Storage, RAM and Processor
Moving on to the internals, the Amazfit packs 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage.
he smartwatch comes with the Mi-Fit app pre-installed, which can be used to connect to your android smartphone.
Heart Rate Monitoring
The device uses a PPG sensor that is installed at the back, to monitor your heartbeat rate. The sensor showed excellent results in our tests and turned out to be as good as the one in the Apple Watch.
The efforts that Xiaomi has put forward in developing a great algorithm to provide accurate recordings, is something worth appreciating.
You’re now reading yet another best feature of this wearable device. With the help of GPS and GLONASS, the Xiaomi Amazfit can accurately track distance, elevation, pace, cadence and many other important data that is necessary for your daily fitness training.
35 hours GPS continuous running mode
Charging time: Appoximately 3 hours
As I have already mentioned, the watch comes with 4GB onboard (2.4GB usable), where you can store your favorite songs. Although the device does not sport a 3.5mm headphone jack, you can use a Bluetooth earphone to listen to them.
Support for both Android & iOS devices
Value for money
A heart rate monitoring system
Motion tracking system
Decent battery life
Can connect only to one device at a time
Fitness watches usually don’t usually come cheap, but the Amazfit costs less than most of the competition, despite packing a heart rate monitor, call receiver functionality and much more.