The Realme Watch S is the second smartwatch to launch from the Oppo offshoot, as soon as once more positioning itself on the extra inexpensive finish of the smartwatch market.
It joins the the unique Realme Watch and the brand new Watch S Pro, with the Watch S primarily a less expensive model of the Pro, wrapped up in an identical spherical watch design.
Wareable verdict: Realme Watch assessment
Priced at Â£74.99 (round $100 however nonetheless scarce within the US), it is a step up in worth from the $50 authentic, placing it up towards watches just like the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini and Amazfit’s clan of Bip smartwatches just like the Bip U Pro.
For the cash, this time you are getting a nicer wanting Realme watch that may observe your well being, train and offers you smartwatch staples like notification assist and music controls. It’s additionally ramped up battery life numbers with the promise of greater than two weeks away from the charger.
With the likes of the Apple Watch SE and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 taking good care of issues on the excessive finish, it is clear the brand new battleground lies with sub-$100 smartwatches. Is the Realme Watch S the standout smartwatch at that worth? We’ve been residing with it to seek out out. Here’s our full verdict.
Realme Watch S: Design and display screen
With the primary Realme Watch, we acquired a small, sq. plastic case that housed a 1.4-inch touchscreen show matched up with a 20mm strap. In the Watch S, we get one thing that appears and feels completely different to put on. Largely for the higher.
It contains a spherical, 47mm case that is comprised of a a lot greater high quality titanium alloy that additionally offers it extra of a traditional watch really feel than the sporty and plastic exterior of the primary Realme Watch. There’s now a bigger 22mm detachable silicone band that has a nicer versatile really feel to it and brought about no points carrying it by the day, in mattress and through train.
The case is flanked by two bodily buttons that may push you into the principle menu display screen and provide a shortcut to train monitoring.
Front and centre is a smaller 1.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen show that makes use of Corning Gorilla Glass to beef up sturdiness. It does additionally provide an improved 360 x 360 decision and the result’s a step up in sharpness, colors, brightness and viewing angles.
Realme additionally makes use of sensible show expertise to regulate display screen brightness based mostly on accessible gentle in your present surroundings.
It does not have an always-on show mode, however should you can dwell with out that, you may be pleased with the sort of display screen high quality you may discover right here on the Watch S.
Around the again is the place you may discover the optical coronary heart price sensor that unlocks coronary heart price monitoring in addition to blood oxygen measurements.
As a bundle, it is disappointing to seek out that Realme has caught to the identical IP68 waterproof ranking. That means this is not one you possibly can take the bathe or go for swim with it.
We did unintentionally wander into the bathe with it on a number of events and it did survive, however relaxation assured it is not constructed for that stage of water publicity.
Overall although, the Realme Watch S is nice sufficient watch to dwell with. It’s not essentially the most authentic wanting nor does it provide something out of the bizarre within the design division.
For the worth although, you get the next high quality case materials and a watch that feels finally extra watch-like than Realme’s first effort.
Realme Watch S: Smartwatch options
The Realme Watch S is for Android customers solely and you may have to obtain the Realme Link telephone app when you’ve got a telephone working Android 5.0 or later. Fortunately, we had a Realme telephone to check it out with and did not have any points establishing and syncing the Watch S.
Realme is utilizing its personal working system and does not expose on what’s powering efficiency. In basic, interacting with the software program is easy, however can have the odd labouring second. It’s a simple to smartwatch to make use of, with swipes in all instructions getting you to notification streams, widgets, fast settings and the principle app display screen.
In phrases of these smartwatch options, you are getting some fairly customary issues right here. You can view your telephone notifications, however you possibly can’t reply to them.
You can view climate forecasts when it is linked to your telephone, use it as distant on your telephone’s digicam and there is music controls right here too.
Notification assist could be very a lot on the essential aspect. You can learn full messages from apps like WhatsApp, however e mail notifications provides you with simply the topic line, prompting you to succeed in on your telephone.
If you are into your watch faces, you might have a pleasant bunch to select from right here, with a handful accessible to dwell on the watch and the remainder of them housed within the companion telephone app.
It has the sort of smartwatch options we would come to anticipate for a watch coming in at this worth. It’s fairly fundamental, however should you like having the ability to see notifications, controlling music and switching up watch faces, it does the job.
Realme Watch S: Fitness and sports activities monitoring
Like the primary Realme Watch, there is a truthful quantity at your disposal right here if you wish to observe your well being and health.
You’ve acquired a coronary heart price monitor that unlocks steady monitoring, resting coronary heart price readings and real-time coronary heart price throughout train.
That identical sensor is used to allow blood oxygen measurements, with the flexibility to take dependable measurements a bit hit or miss in our expertise.
There’s a 3-axis accelerometer to trace actions like day by day steps and is used for sports activities modes like working with linked GPS assist on provide to enhance out of doors monitoring accuracy.
For health monitoring, you possibly can view your stats from most of the accessible watch faces and the devoted exercise monitoring widget that opts for the ring-style UI to shoe steps, calorie burn and hours spent lively. That means you may get inactivity alerts to present you a nudge to stroll round and there is additionally some useful water ingesting reminder alerts too.
From an accuracy standpoint, it was typically inside 500 steps of a Fitbit Sense we wore on the identical time on the alternative wrist, so it appears to truthful nicely from that standpoint. The knowledge is offered in a fairly fundamental style within the companion telephone app, however we discovered ourselves principally checking in on progress on the devoted exercise monitoring watch widget.
The Watch S additionally tracks sleep in a means that almost all smartwatches monitor your mattress time. You even have a devoted app on the watch to see most up-to-date sleep knowledge. It will seize sleep period and break down REM, awake, deep sleep and lightweight sleep phases. It’ll additionally report coronary heart price throughout sleep as nicely. All of that knowledge is viewable within the Realme Link app.
Up towards a Fitbit Sense, we discovered that it normally captured an extended sleep period and counted time spent in mattress earlier than falling asleep as sleep. Deep sleep knowledge was largely in the identical ballpark and lightweight sleep appeared skewed by that point it thought we would fallen asleep, when the truth is we have been simply in mattress binging on Netflix.
Sleep monitoring in contrast: Realme Watch S (left and centre) and Fitbit Sense (proper)
When you turn as much as train mode, you have acquired your choose of 15 sports activities to trace, which incorporates working, biking, power coaching, basketball, badminton and indoor rowing. Like most watches at this worth, you are not going to have the ability to observe your free throws or your rowing strokes because it retains knowledge fundamental for extra area of interest actions.
We spent most time working and indoor rowing with it and located very similar to what we discovered with the primary Realme Watch, do not anticipate wonders right here.
Run monitoring in contrast: Garmin Fenix 6 (left and centre) and Realme Watch S (proper)
During runs, even with linked GPS in use it was a mile off a 5 mile run in comparison with a Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, which meant metrics like common tempo have been massively skewed as nicely. We know these watches sit in very completely different worth ranges, however even with telephone GPS in use, we would anticipate higher right here.
For indoor rowing periods, we have been extra excited about coronary heart price efficiency as this mode solely tracks period, coronary heart price and calorie burn. In a 30 minute session it delivered a mean coronary heart price studying of 102bpm when a chest strap steered a 118bpm common and a 134 max studying. So even at these extra steadily paced workouts, that coronary heart price monitor struggles to ship.
Heart price monitoring in contrast: Realme Watch S (left) and Garmin HRM Pro chest strap monitor (proper)
That coronary heart price knowledge fared barely higher with working providing common HR readings inside 2-3 bpm of a chest strap. Though you aren’t getting any graphs plotting out knowledge over a session or most readings.
If you desire a critical sports activities watch expertise or perhaps a extra fundamental one, the Watch S does not ship on that entrance sadly. For these health monitoring fundamentals, it is slightly extra dependable.
Realme Watch S: Battery life
The Watch S packs a 390mAh battery, which Realme says is able to delivering 15 days of battery life. Those numbers are based mostly on lab exams that embody enabling 24/7 coronary heart price monitoring, receiving 100 message notifications and syncing it to the companion app 5 instances a day.
Based on our testing it is a smartwatch that is constructed to ship a few weeks of use, and appears to handle that battery higher than the 4-5 days we acquired with the Realme Watch. On a day by day foundation, with the display screen brilliant, steady coronary heart price monitoring enabled, notification assist turned on and round an hour of train monitoring, battery drop-off was at most 10%.
When you’re working low, there is a energy saving mode that reverts to a black and white display screen and can solely show time and battery standing. Realme does not put a quantity on how lengthy it lasts in that mode, however we have left it alone for nicely over every week and it is nonetheless been working with loads of battery to spare.
The Watch S is actually a greater smartwatch than Realme’s first effort, which is right down to the extra enticing design and the improved display screen high quality. Core options nevertheless have not modified and that is the not such excellent news. It’s a a lot greater downside when Amazfit is pushing out smartwatches on the worth level that provide a greater mixture of smartwatch and health monitoring options. If you have acquired lower than Â£100/$100 to spend on a smartwatch, we would say go for one thing just like the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini or the Bip U Pro. If you store round and might afford to pay slightly extra, you discover the wonderful Huawei Watch GT 2e for slightly below Â£100/$100 as nicely.
- Nice design for the worth
- Good high quality show
- Impressive battery life
- Heart price accuracy
- Sports monitoring accuracy
- Basic smartwatch options