Image source: No.1

No.1 working on their first activity tracker, the Smartband F1

No.1, one of the biggest Chinese smartwatch manufacturers, has decided to enter the fitness tracker market for the first time. This means, the company will be going head to head with the other Chinese tech giant Xiaomi, and its popular Mi Band 2 fitness wearable.

The upcoming Smartband F1 device has decent specs and looks like it will give Xiaomi a run for its money.

As you would expect, you get all the basic functions such as step, distance and calorie counting, sleep monitoring and reminders to move. There are also basic notification functions to alert you to calls and messages.

The F1, however, has some advantages over the Xiaomi MiBand 2:

  • For starters, it has an enormous battery. With 230mAh large capacity polymer battery it has an incredible 100 days of standby, well up on the 20 days provided by the Mi Band 2. Oh, and add to this a charging time of only one hour.
  • Secondly, the Smartband F1 is water resistant down to 50 meters. This means it can be submerged to a much greater depth than the Mi Band 2 which is only splash-proof.
  • Finally, the Shenzen based company says its F1 device will have a dynamic heart rate monitor instead of the static heart rate monitor built into the Mi Band 2.

The picture below shows the two trackers side by side.

no 1 working on their first activity tracker the smartband f1 - No.1 working on their first activity tracker, the Smartband F1
Image source: No.1

No.1’s upcoming fitness tracker sports a large 0.91″ AMOLED display, it has 7 days storage capacity and works with both Android and iOS and devices that support Bluetooth 4.0. There is, of course, an accompanying smartphone app that will give you a detailed breakdown of your data on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

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We have no word on availability or pricing but will update this article as new information becomes available. In the meantime, check out the video comparing the SmartBand F1 with MiBand 2.

 

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