One of the biggest complaints with smartwatches is the need to recharge them as often as a smartphone. The best smartwatches you can get typically don’t last longer than two days, and most require daily charging. The new Amazfit Bip, which is available in the US starting today, provides up to a promised 45 days of battery life, putting even the venerable Pebble (RIP) to shame.
The Bip is not a hybrid watch or a stripped down device, either: it has a 1.28-inch touchscreen display, an optical heart rate sensor, true GPS for location tracking, a 3-axis accelerometer, IP68-rated water resistance, and notification support from both Android and iOS devices. The company says that the watch can reach 30 days on a single charge, and up to 45 days with “minimal notifications.”
On top of its long battery life, the Bip is available for $99, considerably less than the Apple Watch and other full touchscreen smartwatches.
The Bip’s design can best be described as derivative of the Apple Watch and the Pebble Time, with its rounded rectangular shape and side button. The Pace, Amazfit’s other smartwatch that arrived in the US in late 2016, features a circular design, but just one week of battery life. The big difference between a Bip and something like the Apple Watch or an Android Wear watch is third-party app support — there’s no app store for this watch, so it’s just good for fitness tracking and basic notifications.
The Amazfit Bip is available to order from the company’s website in black starting today. Red, green, and white color options are expected to be available by the end of March 2018.