Amazfit has launched the Amazfit Bip U in India, an updated version of its super-budget smartwatch.
It it looks like a strong competitor to the emerging range of sub-$100 smartwatches, which are piling pressure on the likes of Fossil, Fitbit and Apple.
The Amazfit Bip U features a larger 1.42-inch display, up from 1.28-inch on the Bip S. And the resolution has doubled, from 176×176 to 320×302, but it’s a TFT display, so we’re not expecting the same quality as the AMOLED army.
The overall look of the Bip U has been refined, at least from judging the press pictures. And the company has included 50 watch faces for customisation.
It’s not messing around in terms of features, either.
There’s SpO2 tracking, stress monitoring and breathing training, and your vitals are tracked with the Amazfit BioTracker 2 module.
That will also help provide data from over 60 workout profiles. However, one downside is that there’s only connected GPS, piggy-backed from your smartphone. We find this method is more likely to cause accuracy issues.
It’s also water-resistant to 50m and including swim tracking metrics.
And perhaps most impressively, you get 9 days of battery life – although there’s a high chance that will be decimated by things like using SpO2, as we’ve seen on previous Amazfit devices.
It looks surprisingly similar to the new Amazfit Pop, which could be its global release name.
But the listing also mentions that the Amazfit Bip U Pro is also on the way, which apparently adds a microphone and full built-in GPS. What’s more, you’ll also get a geomagnetic sensor which will act as a compass.
In terms of price, the Bip U retails at Rs 3999, which is an early discount from the full retail price of Rs 5999. We don’t have a price for the Amazfit Bip U Pro as yet.
In global terms, that’s an RRP of $81.99, which is in the same ballpark as the current Amazfit Bip S.
We’re fans of what the Bip S – announced in January 2020 – had to offer, but there’s no doubt it has the look and feel of a budget smartwatch.
While we’re excited by the prospect of new features, it seems Amazfit has addressed the screen and design to make something much more competitive.