Huami officially unveiled its latest smartwatch dubbed Amazfit Verge a couple of days back. Make no mistake, the Verge isn’t the Amazfit Watch 3 neither is it a successor of the Amazfit Stratos sports watch. The wearable device is on a pedestal of its own. That is well reflected in the design which the Verge adopts. The 799 yuan (~$116) price tag it features is equally lower than the 999 yuan (~$146) Amazfit Stratos’. We bring you a couple of hands-on pictures of the Amazfit Verge so you get a closer look at the device from all angles.
The Verge packs a 1.3-inch circular display with a diameter of 43mm. This is similar in size with the higher variant of Samsung’s latest Galaxy Watch. Well, except that the Amazfit Verge is made from reinforced plastic, giving it a sporty outlook rather than the looks of a traditional watch which Samsung’s models adapt. The Verge also doesn’t feature a rotating bezel but it is equipped with an AMOLED display with a resolution of 360x360pixels as well as Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Huami says there is a coating on top of the screen which prevents fingerprint smudges from accumulating on the screen during use. The smartwatch is equipped with a silicone strap that can be removed in the same manner as those of the Amazfit Pace and Stratos. More importantly, it is lightweight, weighing just 46 grams. The build is IP68 certified but you still can’t take the watch swimming or when going under the shower.
Some persons may not find the design too appealing, especially when compared to the Amazfit Stratos but bear in mind this isn’t a sports-focused smartwatch. So, the rugged looks of the Stratos give way for a more refined, sleek and elegant mien. That doesn’t mean the Verge hasn’t got you covered when you’re out jogging or on the treadmill. The device comes with support for 11 different sports mode including Golfing, Riding, Running, hiking, Gym training, Soccer and Boat riding. It also has GPS+GLONASS support. In addition, the smartwatch is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+BLE. Sadly, there is no LTE connectivity but we believe that could come on subsequent versions. 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. Also onboard, is a 390mAh battery which Huami claims can last up to 5 days, depending on the usage.
While the Amazfit Pace and Stratos main feature are basically sports and fitness tracking, the Verge is focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), smart home controls, voice assistant and with NFC, contactless payment. As a smart home device controller, the Amazfit Verge allows users to control their smart gadgets right from the watch interface. It comes with support for Xiaomi’s MIJIA smart home apps and can be deployed to control up to eleven smart home gadgets. Gadgets that can be controlled via the MIJIA app on the watch include Mi Robot Vacuum, Water Purifier, temperature and humidity sensor, air-conditioner, electric fan, air detector, smart light, rice cooker, smart switch/socket and Mi Air Purifier.
The Amazfit Verge also keeps track of the user’s heart rate all day long and is capable of detecting abnormal heart rhythm. When such an abnormality is detected, the user is alerted immediately. In addition, the watch comes with Xiao AI assistant which can act as a personal assistant. The AI-powered virtual assistant can remind you of important schedules like an upcoming meeting, important stuff like your car’s number plate. It could even tell a joke when you’re not feeling happy! The feature may have been fully adapted for use in China. We wait to see how fast Huami deploys these features for the global market. So too for the NFC-based cardless payment. I China the Verge can be used for bus payment on 165 cities covering over 20,000 public transport routes. It also supports AliPay and UnionPay will roll out in November.
The Amazfit Verge also share similar user interface and perhaps user experience with the Pace and Stratos as all models are based on the same software platform and they are developed by the same team. However, the several additional features will ensure the interface of the Verge is more robust. It comes with 13 built-in watch faces with three made in collaboration with San Francisco-based Territory Studio. We expect to serve you the Amazfit Verge review sometime soon. If you are interested in the Verge, it is available outside China via e-retailers like Giztop, GearBest, Banggood etc. Meanwhile, find the hands-on pictures of the Verge from below.