When the Amazfit Verge was announced in China a couple of months back with features such as voice assistance, we had wondered how Huami intends to adapt the smartwatch features for the global market considering most of the features were tailored to suit Chinese users. Apparently, the Xiaomi-backed company has been busy working on localization of the device. Indeed, the Amazfit Verge has been launched in the US and is now available to pre-order on the company’s official US online store with a $159.99 price tag. This a tard higher than the 799 yuan (~$116) price tag it was launched packing in China. The device will ship for the first time on December 18.
The Amazfit 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 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.
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.
The icing on the cake is definitely the voice assistance technology with smart home integration. the Verge is focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), smart home controls, voice assistant and with NFC for contactless payment. The smartwatch will also come with Amazon Alexa support at the end of the year.