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Amazfit Bip 2: what to expect from the next generation smartwatch

Amazfit Bip is a low cost smartwatch with an impressive feature-set. The device came out in 2017 so its likely we’ll see an update fairly soon. Here’s what to expect.

Essential reading: Top fitness trackers and health gadgets

The first generation device comes packed with features such as built-in GPS, a heart rate sensor and notifications. In addition to keeping tabs on your activity 24/7 the gizmo also provides tracking of your runs, cycling and other sports with mapped routes, detailed stats and heart rate zones.

But Bip’s claim to fame is its astonishing 30+ days of battery life, and that’s with an always on colour touch-screen! Choose the ‘minimal notification’ setting and battery life climbs to 45 days. Even with GPS switched you’ll get an impressive 22 hours of juice.

To some, all this might sound a bit too good to be true. Especially considering Bip sells for less than $100 on the company’s website (check price on Amazon).

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In our review we note the device covers pretty much everything an average person needs for 24/7 activity tracking. Most important of all, it does this well and without any fuss. If you’re after a simple wearable that keeps tabs on your fitness, running and cycling (with GPS), the Bip makes a strong case for itself.

Its fair to expect all this and more from the second generation device.

Amazfit Bip 2: wish-list

While Amazfit Bip doesn’t look anywhere near as inexpensive as it actually is, and some have even categorised it as an Apple Watch lookalike, there is room for improvement. The always-on screen does the job but the polycarbonate casing lets it down somewhat. Some more premium materials would go a long way towards making the wearable more attractive.

The display is rather small right now but it has big bezels all around. Huami, which produces the watch, would do well to take cue from Apple and eliminate the bezels. Better resolution and improved readability will also hopefully be on the cards.

Most new wearables these days are swim-proof. Amazfit Bip is rated IP68 which means its only splash-proof. A water-resistance rating of at least 3 ATM and swim tracking would represent a healthy upgrade.

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One feature that is missing currently is floor count. Which is rather strange considering the wearable has an air pressure sensor (barometer for elevation). It should not be too much of a problem for Amazfit to slap this on.

Our review also notes the lack of sports Amazfit Bip tracks and that the non-fitness features pretty much end with notification support. All this has room for improvement. NFC for payments and offline storage for music are the first to spring to mind. A few Firstbeat performance metrics would not hurt either.

Of course, Huami will need to be careful not to sacrifice too much battery life for any added features as this is an important selling point. The other attraction is the price. This is a budget smartwatch and Huami will probably want to keep it this way.

Amazfit Bip 2: leaks, rumours

So what do we actually know?

The company seems to be hard at work on the next generation tracker. Confirmation was spotted by AndroidTR in the MiFit application development code. This is where they found the reference “DongTingHu”. Subsequent analysis of the code revealed that the name refers to the Amazfit Bip 2.

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A few other interesting titbits were uncovered. The wearable will come with a Sony GPS chip, accelerometer, heart rate sensor, compass and NFC. There is also mention of a “Sport” mode.

Amazfit Bip 2 will also have internal memory like the Pace and Stratos models. It is not clear yet whether this will be available for offline music storage or just auxiliary functions such as storage of watch faces.

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In terms of looks, AndroidTR claims the new wearable will hardly be distinguishable from the old one. The only differences are a slight redesign of the single physical button on the right, and that Bip 2 is slightly narrower than its predecessor whilst retaining the same screen size.

As always, its worth mentioning that leaks and rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Price and release date

Some were expecting we would see Amazfit Bip 2 at Huami’s three year anniversary in September, but this was always going to be a stretch. The wearable was released in China last year and only made it across the border in early 2018. Instead Huami chose to release the Amazfit Verge and Health Band 1S at its all important gathering.

With the holiday sales period fast approaching it is unlikely we will see Amazfit Bip 2 this year. Our guess is that spring of 2019 or perhaps mid-year is the earliest we could expect to see the second generation tracker. This will likely be a budget smartwatch so expect the price again to be around the $100 mark.

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8 thoughts on “Amazfit Bip 2: what to expect from the next generation smartwatch

  • October 14, 2018 at 2:24 pm
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    You need to check your facts again. An IP68 rating is not “only splash-proof”, rather it is “submersion to a depth up to 1.5m for a period off not more than 30 mins”.

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    • October 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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      While a fitness band or smartwatch with an IP68 rating can be worn while jogging in the rain or doing the dishes, IP ratings do not take water pressure into account. Therefore, IP ratings are not indicative of a device’s ability to be used during aquatic activities such as swimming. This is where ATM ratings come in.

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  • October 15, 2018 at 12:46 am
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    One thing they really need to improve is notifications. I have the Amazfit Bip and notifications suck. Over and over and over again. Every time you get a notification you get the last five or 10 notifications along with it and that is very irritating. I do like my notifications on my watch, but once is enough.
    BTW, it’s tidbit…not titbit. That would involve your wife or girlfriend. 😉

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    • October 15, 2018 at 6:11 am
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      We are based in the UK, not the US. Different countries different spellings. “In American and Canadian English, tidbit is the preferred spelling of the noun referring to (1) a choice morsel or (2) a pleasing bit of something. Titbit is preferred everywhere else. Neither spelling is right or wrong.”

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      • October 15, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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        Marko, That is pretty funny. Of course, like tire vs tyre, or airplane vs airoplane. You crazy Brits! 🙂

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        • October 15, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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          🙂

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  • October 15, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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    I think one important key feature that the current Amazfit Bip is lacking is the “timeline” that Pebble had.
    Instead of taking out the phone to check today’s appointment, we can just look at our watch to find out.

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  • October 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm
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    What it really lacks is the ability to talk to it: ie read an SMS, press reply and dictate a message to it.

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