We’ve had a bumper yr for wearable tech – and 2021 seems to be even larger for upcoming smartwatches.
The focus within the early a part of 2020 can be on funds smartwatches, as the standard of sub-£100 devices improves. That’s till the likes of Apple, Fitbit and Samsung look to refresh their line-ups within the second half of the yr.
This reasonably priced arms race is being pushed by the identical firms that tore up the rulebook for smartphones: the likes of Oppo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, ZTE and Huawei are all of the busiest in the case of new smartwatches.
Read on for our round-up of the upcoming smartwatches we’re enthusiastic about.
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Garmin has launched a brand new smartwatch, firmly and unapologetically aimed toward ladies.
The Garmin Lily comes with a 34mm case, which makes it Garmin’s smallest smartwatch – and one of many daintiest available on the market.
The display is a non-always monochrome LCD which is fundamental, however the glass has a sample etched on, which stays seen when the display dims.
There’s no GPS (disappointingly) however you do get the stress monitoring, coronary heart charge, Body Battery vitality ranges, sleep monitoring from the likes of the Venu Sq – and there is exercise monitoring modes which may make the most of linked GPS from a paired smartphone.
There’s additionally Garmin’s two main feminine centered centered options: cycle monitoring and being pregnant mode.
It’s an excellent trying, life-style well being and health smartwatch. But ladies which might be avid runners or triathletes will nonetheless be significantly better off with the Fenix 6S or Vivoactive 4S.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite
Not solely confirmed by Xiaomi, the Mi Watch Lite is now really listed on the corporate’s international website – so we all know that is coming quickly. We simply do not understand how a lot it is going to price.
It includes a 1.4-inch, 320 x 320 show and guarantees as much as 9 days in full smartwatch mode and 10 hours of GPS monitoring. It seems a bit of boxy, and we’re not anticipating a full AMOLED show, with only a shade TFT display mooted.
There’s a coronary heart charge monitor, GPS monitoring and 11 sports activities modes with notification assist, music controls and climate reviews amongst its smartwatch skills.
The Mi Band Lite seems like it is going to land in India first, probably underneath the Redmi model. We’ll expect a price ticket of round $50.
We’re nonetheless waiting for the total Xiaomi Mi Watch smartwatch to land, after it was launched in China again in November.
It weighs in at 32.5g and boasts a 1.39-inch AMOLED show, with a 454 x 454 decision.
It’s full of sensors and has a giant give attention to sports activities monitoring. You’ll discover a coronary heart charge sensor and GPS, which allow you to trace actions with 117 sports activities profiles.
As you’d anticipate it additionally packs in SpO2 monitoring too.
It makes use of a customized OS, not the MIUI working system, which was primarily based on Wear OS. That means much less likelihood of usable third-party apps, however you might be getting a 16-day battery life.
Despite waiting for a world launch date, we do have a worth. It appears the Xiaomi Mi Watch is about to price $99 when it will definitely makes it to the US. That places it on par with the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini, and appears extraordinarily aggressive given the specs – simply as you’d anticipate a Xiaomi smartwatch to be.
ETA: February 2021
After the US-based firm higher identified for its good residence gear launched a health band, we at the moment are getting a Wyze smartwatch and it is a severe funds providing.
The $20 Wyze Watch is available in 44mm and 47mm measurement choices with the smaller Watch packing a 1.4-inch LCD show and the bigger possibility together with a 1.75-inch display.
Features-wise, you’ll be able to anticipate day by day exercise monitoring on the prime of the listing together with sleep monitoring. It additionally finds room for a coronary heart charge monitor and SpO2 to measure blood oxygen ranges. It can even provide shortcuts to different Wyze devices, although in contrast to its Band there is not any Amazon Alexa on board.
That’s all wrapped up in a sq. design that carries a water-resistant stage that makes it solely appropriate for the odd splash of water, and positively no swimming motion.
It’s up for pre-order within the US, with no particulars as but if Wyze has plans to launch its watches in different international locations and territories.
ETA: On sale in China now / Global TBC
The ZTE Watch Live sees a return to smartwatches for an organization that dabbled in Wear OS and is now becoming a member of the likes of Xiaomi and Mobvoi’s TicWatch GTX in serving up a smartwatch that is a lot kinder in your financial institution stability.
The sq. Watch Live packs in a 1.3-inch 240 x 240 TFT display, which does not sound all that spectacular. It does discover room for the a coronary heart charge monitor and an SpO2 sensor to take blood oxygen measurements.
There’s the presence of 12 sports activities monitoring profiles and there is the promise of wherever as much as 21 days of battery life, which supplies it fairly spectacular endurance on paper. You may anticipate smartwatch staples like notification assist, incoming name alerts and climate forecasts.
Priced at 249 yuan, that places it round $38 and that is fairly low cost for a smartwatch. We’ll be intrigued to see if this one makes it out of China someday in 2021.
ETA: On sale in China now / Global TBC
Huami, which additionally makes the Amazfit model watches, launched its Zepp E Square and Zepp E Circle watches and adopted up with the extra luxury-looking Zepp Z in November, which we’re presently testing.
It’s since introduced a Zepp Z mannequin in China that features a fascinating characteristic in the best way of an ECG sensor. That means it matches the likes of Fitbit, Apple, Samsung and Huawei in providing medical grade-style coronary heart charge readings with the view of detecting abnormalities within the coronary heart amongst different extra severe coronary heart well being insights.
Like its ECG-packing rivals, it is solely obtainable in China proper now, so it stays to be seen whether or not it is going to launch elsewhere because it’ll have to wrap up the suitable regulatory approval to set the characteristic stay.
ECG apart, it affords all the identical options because the Zepp Z mannequin obtainable outdoors of China. That contains Huami’s BioTracker 2 PPG module to ship optical primarily based heart-rate monitoring, SpO2 monitoring and stress detection wrapped up in basic watch styling, now with a fancier titanium alloy.
ETA: On sale outdoors US now / US TBC
The Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 is obtainable to order now for an eye-popping £599 (US pricing nonetheless TBC).
The second smartwatch collaboration between the 2 manufacturers, the Porsche Design Huawei Watch GT 2 seems to be a mashup of final yr’s GT 2 and the newer GT 2 Pro.
As per the GT 2 Pro it boasts a sapphire glass show, titanium casing and a ceramic again. Where it differs, barely, is that it includes a fast match adjustable titanium hyperlink strap, which has been polished with a rigorous sandblasting course of for that matte end.
On the smartwatch entrance you may get a formidable two-week lengthy battery life, health monitoring from greater than 100 exercise modes, Huawei TruSeen 4.0+ coronary heart charge monitoring expertise and complete well being monitoring – assume stress ranges, sleep high quality and SpO2 ranges.
ETA: On sale in Europe / US TBC
The TicWatch Pro 3 launched final yr and proved to be one of many standout Wear OS smartwatches of 2020. Now Mobvoi is making its classic-look watch extra fascinating by including LTE connectivity.
That further connectivity assist means you’ll do issues like ship messages, entry Google Assistant, take calls or obtain apps from the Play Store with out being tethered to your telephone.
Along with these added LTE powers, you are getting the identical 1.4-inch 454 x 454 AMOLED show discovered on the usual Pro 3 together with options like built-in GPS, an SpO2 sensor and one of the best that Mobvoi has to supply on the software program and app entrance mixed with Wear OS.
In the UK, Germany and Spain, you may should be on the Vodafone community to make use of it to its full LTE functionality, with no information on a US service as but.
The authentic Realme Watch launched in 2020
Leaks have prompt a Realme Watch 2 could possibly be about to drop, as the corporate seems to replace its funds smartwatch.
The Realme Watch launched for $50 again in early 2020, and it’s been noticed on the FCC with a 1.4-inch 320×320 TFT show that ought to provide a lift in high quality. Elsewhere, the Realme Watch 2 may sport SpO2 and coronary heart charge.
It looks like a good visible improve over final yr’s mannequin, providing improved display readability and efficiency – and we’re anticipating the identical super-low price ticket.
Realme Watch S Pro
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The Realme Watch S Pro was unveiled on the finish of 2020, providing a round-faced design and a 454 x 454 decision, which equates to a formidable 326ppi depend. Brightness is touted as 450nits.
Battery life is 14 days from only a two-hour cost, and the Watch S Pro is rated at 5ATM, so it is possible for you to to take it swimming.
Talking of swimming, that is one of many 15 sports activities modes on provide from the Pro. There’s additionally the likes of working, biking, cricket, spinning, rowing, yoga and weight coaching.
And the Watch S Pro additionally boasts devoted GPS and an optical coronary heart charge sensor, which may constantly measure coronary heart charge, present you your resting coronary heart charge and measure effort ranges throughout exercises.
That sensor can be used to take blood oxygen measurements for one other glimpse into your health ranges.
ETA: Q2 2020
The OnePlus Watch is going on – we all know that a lot. But all the pieces else about this long-awaited gadget is TBC.
It’s prone to run Wear OS, after the OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed the corporate was aiding Google with enhancing the smartwatch OS. Lau additionally mentioned a spotlight of Wear OS enhancements was interoperability, so there could possibly be further options for OnePlus TV or smartphone customers debuting.
Rumors additionally level to 2 variations touchdown, with a number of mannequin numbers noticed on the BIS – which is India’s tech regulator.
That may imply we see a launch in India earlier than the remainder of the world.
Of course, two variations may level to an LTE variant. Or maybe a extra reasonably priced model for a particular market.
Amazfit GTS 2e and GTS 2 Mini
Amazfit has been busy this yr already, saying new members of its GTS smartwatch household.
The Amazfit GTS 2 (sq.) and GTR 2 (spherical) launched in 2020, they usually’ve now been joined by the Amazfit GTS 2e and GTE 2e. There’s a modest downgrade in case and display expertise and a few superior calling and voice assistant options are canned. But it is going to retail for £119.99 and has double the battery life.
It’s additionally value mentioning that the GTS 2 Mini can be rolling out throughout Western markets. This smaller, thinner and lighter model of the GTS 2 additionally makes the identical financial savings because the GTS 2e, however there’s no battery life increase. However, it’s priced at £79.99, and impressed in our evaluate.