Xiaomi unveils an affordable smartwatch, but there is a catch
Earlier today, Xiaomi unveiled a new fitness tracker under its Huami sub brand, called the AmazFit.
In the sea of wearables, smartwatches and fitness trackers, how much of an impact will this create?
Well, I believe this is the perfect middle path between a normal looking watch and a fitness tracker. A lot of fitness trackers try to look sci-fi and skimp out on functionality and end up being one more accessory on the wrist. Xiaomi’s solution? Make it look like a normal time-piece! Yes, it looks like a normal watch, and that’s a big thing.
In terms of specs, it is equivalent of most Android Wear offerings (512mb RAM, 4gb storage, a 1.2ghz processor) but it doesn’t run Android Wear. It’s a proprietory UI which works in tandem with the MiFit app. The stand out feature here is inbuilt GPS, so you don’t need to have your phone on you when you’re out on a jog. It’s supposed to be the World’s first 28nm GPS sensor.
It looks close to a moto 360 sport sans the little button. It has a heart rate sensor too, IP57 rating and a round 300*300 display with a flat tire. The battery is rated at 200 mah which is supposed to give around 5 days of normal use, or 30 hours when on GPS. AliPay payments functionality is available too, which is cool. Though that might be limited only to China.
Overall, it’s priced at rmb800 which is an attractive price ($120,INR8000) for a complete fitness tracker package with the essentials like extended notifications from your Android phone. Interested?