Huami is one of the popular makers of smartwatches in China and the company has just released a couple of new wearables in the country. The highlight announcement is the brand new Huami Amazfit Verge smartwatch which comes at a really competitive price tag. The watch has essential features such as all day heart rate monitoring, abnormal heart rate notification, NFC with payment support and GPS.
Huami says that the 1.3-inch circular display (43mm diameter) size is made to suit the hands of most of its users. The watch is made out of reinforced plastic and comes with a removable silicone strap. It weighs just about 46 grams. The display is an AMOLED panel with 360 x 360 pixel resolution covered with Gorilla Glass 3 on top with a coating to avoid fingerprint smudges on the screen. As for the other specs, the wearable comes with GPS+GLONASS support along with 11 different sports modes, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+BLE. Note that the watch is IP68 certified, but you can’t swim with it. The watch is powered by a dual core 1.2GHz processor with 512MB RAM and 4 GB ROM. Along with the usual sensors, there are additional geomagnetic, and air pressure sensors on board.
The Amazfit Verge’s biggest selling point is its all day heart rate monitoring feature. The company reveals that the watch comes with a high precision optical sensor with 98% accuracy and up to 80% reduced power consumption. The watch can detect and inform the user about abnormal heart rate patterns too.
Another highlight feature of the watch is support for NFC and NFC based payments. The Verge supports bus cards in 165 cities which covers over 20,000 public transport routes. Further, you can make payments too, with support for AliPay and even UnionPay (coming in November).
The Amazfit Verge comes with 13 built-in watch faces. Out of these, three have been made in collaboration with San Francisco based Territory Studio. You can even add custom watch faces. It also features Xiao AI assistant and comes with support for MIJIA smart home app. So you can control around 11 different types of smart home products right from your smartwatch.
Huami claims that the Amazfit Verge will last for 5 days on a single charge under normal usage. But if you are going to keep your phone connected (WeChat and other app notifications supported) as well as use its sports mode on a daily basis, expect the battery life to drop to some extent.
The Verge is priced at 799 Yuan ($116) and goes on sale on September 17 (today) via JingDong and Tmall in Sky Gray color.