Huami is a Chinese company that became popular with their budget line of smartwatches Amazfit. According to press release from the company, they have sold over 100 million devices. They were part of the CES 2020 lineup and during the show announced two new watches. We will cover their more expensive (still kind of budget) watch Amazfit T-Rex in a different post, while for this we will look at the updated Amazfit Bip S 2020. It will be available for purchase next month for just $69.90. This leads to the question: is it any good?
Well, stylistically the watch is trying it’s best to look like Apple Watch. It has a rectangular plastic case, 1.28-inch TFT screen, with resolution of 176×176, which is quite low and pales in comparison to other, albeit more expensive, smartwatches.
The Amazfit Bip S 2020 is quite thin- weighting just 31g. You can pick from four different color options: black, white, light pink and combination of orange/blue.
Huami has loaded decent number of features into this budget smartwatch – there is an optical heart rate sensor, that will keep track of your activity throughout the day and according to the company, they’ve made huge improvements on this compared to their previous models. It must be noted that poor heart rate sensors were the main complaint of previous Amazfit Bip smartwatch, so this comes as a nice surprise and hopefully it works as intended. We will review the watch once we can get our hands onto it.
A nice surprise is the built-in GPS, which is quite respectable in this range, as there are many smartwatches double/triple the price that do not offer this functionality. Keep in mind, this will have severe effect on battery levels, so avoid keeping it on.
The Amazfit Bip S also boasts 5ATM water-resistance and in addition to this, it can track your swimming performance. The new swimming mode will be able to track stroke rate, stroke times and SWOLF index.
On the software side it still runs Huami’s own OS – Amazfit OS, which can easily be paired with Android or iOS. All data is synced to Amazfit/Mi app. Thanks to having built their own OS, the watch can last from 22 hours with GPS on up to 40 days. The cons of using own OS is that there are zero third party apps. According to early testers the performance is a bit weak and might feel sluggish, but it is expected in this price range.
Overall, our initial verdict is lightly positive. There is decent amount of functionality included in the Amazfit Bip S, which combined with its price tag of just 70$ makes it a nice offering. Once the watch is available on the market, we will check it in more details and see if we will still be impressed with it.