The Amazfit Bip S is up for sale now in a number of Eastern-Asian countries and Australia. Hopefully, wider international availability will follow soon.
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The watch was announced by Huami at its launch event at CES 2020 in January. This also saw the unveiling of Amazfit T-Rex, along with smart earbuds and a treadmill.
Bip S has already received approval by the FCC. A parallel entry in the FCC database suggests there will also be a Lite version. Perhaps it was to be expected at the original Bip also came in a lower spec iteration. The difference between them is the inclusion of GPS /GLONASS, Geomagnetic sensor and Air pressure sensor on the higher-spec device. Its most likely Huami will, once again, drop GPS/GLONASS support from Bip S Lite.
Now the watch is finally starting to become available to buy. In Australia we spotted two retailers who are listing it as “in-stock”, Kogan and Dick Smith. Shipping is in “1-2 business days”. The watch is also available to buy in some South-East Asian countries. Hopefully, other countries will follow shortly.
We’ve been told the coronavirus situation and supply chain disruptions are responsible for the delay in availability. The device was originally slated for a February release but this has shifted everything by a few weeks. According to another smartwatch maker assembly lines in China were taken over by the government to make products needed to combat COVID-19. The worst seems to be over in that country so perhaps assembly lines are starting to ramp up again.
The Amazfit Bip S looks very much like it’s predecessor. The upgrades include proper water resistance (5 ATM), an improved GPS chip and heart rate monitor, new exercise modes and more. Battery life, the big selling point of its predecessor, is still awesome at 40 days (22 hours with GPS switched on), and the watch is even lighter now coming in at just 31 grams.
Amazfit Bip S comes with a transflective color display, rather than the Reflective color screen of the previous version. This is the same tech that is used by Garmin for its Forerunner and Fenix watches. It has the benefit of having decent readability in bright, outside conditions, and being always on. The size and pixel resolution remain unchanged at 1.28 inches, and 176 x 176.
Huami says the watch will cost $69.90 when it becomes available in the US. You’ll be able to pick it up in Carbon Black, White Rock, Red Orange and Warm Pink options. The original was very popular as it worked very well and offered a lot for the price. Huami is sticking to the formula that worked before.
If you are thinking about purchasing Bip right now, it might make sense to wait a few more weeks and get the new Bip S. The price is about the same so you’ll get more for your money. You can check our detailed overview on the differences between Bip S, Bip and Bip Lite on this link.
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