No, that’s not an Apple Watch you’re looking at. Hey 3S is an $80 Apple Watch lookalike launched on Chinese tech giant Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform.
Released under the WeLoop brand, it comes with built-in GPS/Glonass, accelerometer and heart-rate sensor. The watch counts steps, distance, calories and ‘analyzes your training’, although its not clear yet whether the heart rate tracker is on demand or continuous. Furthermore, the wearable connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.2 to show notifications, answer calls and control music.
Xiaomi runs its crowdfunding platform through the Mi Home app. This gives users an opportunity to get their hands on a wider variety of new and exciting products outside of the range of Xiaomi’s own Mi Ecosystem products already available for regular sale.
In terms of design Hey 3S sports a 1.28 inch 176×176 pixel display and has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM (50 metres). Measuring 46.2 x 35.6 x 11.15mm, it weighs only 38 grams and features two physical buttons on the side.
Where the wearable really shines is the battery life. Hey 3S will keep going for up to 30 days on a single charge, an impressive feat considering it packs a heart rate sensor. Users will be provided with a magnetic dock for charging.
All this comes with a price-tag of 539 Yuan, which is roughly $78. For now the watch is only available in China, however Xiaomi products are sold in quite a few Western markets including the US, so its probably only a matter of time before it makes it across the border.
The news comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s Amazfit Health Band release – a fitness tracker which features built-in ECG and heart rate variability sensors. Amazfit is owned by Huami, which is the exclusive provider of wearable technology for Xiaomi.
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