Realme launches its much-anticipated smartwatch in India
Realme has made its first ever smartwatch official this morning in India. It has launched alongside a Realme-made smart television.
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Look at the pics and you’ll notice a familiar design. The brand won’t be the first or the last to produce a clone of the Apple Watch. In recent months Xiaomi Mi Watch and Oppo Watch have gone down this route.
The Shenzen-based company is a well known as a smartphone manufacturer, in addition to producing accessories such as a power bank and earphones. Realme came out with a fitness band that marked its entry into the wearable tech space in March.
The first we heard of a Realme Wear OS smartwatch was in Mashable India interview a few months ago with Realme CEO Madhav Sheth. Steady leaks have followed since so today’s launch is no surprise. We even knew the specs ahead of time.
The company’s first-ever smartwatch is square with a single physical button on the right and quite thick bezels. The Realme branding can be seen underneath the display.
In terms of actual specs there’s a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected, 1.4-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display onboard, with a resolution of 320×320. Keeping everything going is a 160mAh battery that’s good for about 7 days on a single charge or 20 days in power-saving mode.
The dimensions of the timepiece are 25.6 x 36.5 x 11.8mm and the whole thing weighs just 31 grams. Under the hood is a heart-rate sensor (records every five minutes when not exercising), accelerometer as well as a blood oxygen sensor. No built-in GPS, though. In addition to basic activity tracking and monitoring 14 different exercise types, the watch has sedentary reminders, water reminders and breathing exercises. So, pretty standard fitness functions.
As far as software, the IP68-certified Realme Watch runs on a proprietary OS and not Wear OS. You can see the user interface in the image below. The functions are pretty standard. There are 12 preloaded watch faces to choose from initially. Realme says this will increase this to 100 via updates.
Apart from fitness tracking there is weather information, smartphone alerts, music control, alarms, find my phone and more. You can also reject a call or mute its alert directly from the smartwatch, but you can’t answer it.
In terms of connectivity, the watch is Bluetooth v5.0 enabled and can work with smartphones run Android 5.0 Lollipop or above. This inludes the Realme Link app.
Things were a bit delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the watch is official now. It will be available for purchase on Flipkart and Realme’s own official online store in India on June 5th. The cost is Rs. 3,999 which works out to around $50.
The Chinese smartphone brand is obviously on a mission to create an ecosystem of products that works seamlessly together. The brand is also working on other products such as an intelligent scale, mirror and more. It looks like the company will have a busy year ahead as it continues to move beyond smartphones.
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