This $99 Apple Watch lookalike could dry our Pebble tears

Brittany A. Roston - Feb 5, 2018
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This $99 Apple Watch lookalike could dry our Pebble tears

Huami has announced the launch of a new budget-tier smartwatch with a familiar style: the Amazfit BIP. Priced at $99, this smartwatch clocks in at the inexpensive side of the wearable spectrum, but unlike many budget-tier options, the Amazfit BIP has an attractive Apple Watch-like design. While this model has a bunch of features to boast about, Huami points toward its 45-day battery life as its chief offering.

The Huami Amazfit BIP has a more “traditional” smartwatch design versus the fitness band and rectangular designs often used on budget-tier wrist wearables. The BIP features a 1.28-inch color always-on touch display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an AF coating.

The smartwatch boasts some higher end features including an optical heart rate sensor for tracking heart rate and VO2 max. Joining the heart rate sensor and the display to see its data is a geomagnetic sensor for compass functionality, a barometer for taking altitude measurements, plus a 3-axis accelerometer for tracking both activity and sleep.

Amazfit BIP is suitable for outdoor use thanks to an IP68 rating, which means it is resistant to dust, water (splashes/rain), and brief accidental submersion. The wearable can also track where you travel via built-in GPS and GLONASS. All of this is joined by a 190mAh battery and a 1.1oz weight.

According to Huami, that 190mAh battery can power the wearable for more than a month before it requires charging. Huami is offering Amazfit BIP in four colors: Onyx Black, Kokoda Green, White Cloud, and Cinnabar Red. While Onyx Black is available now, the other three colors are listed for pre-order with shipments starting in March.


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