A new FCC filing reveals a mystery Huami device in the making. A reference to Zepp implies the watch may have some characteristics which set it apart from the company’s Amazfit lineup.
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The regulatory info reveals a device called Zepp E. To remind, the Chinese company acquired core assets of Zepp in July 2018. The transaction was expected to help the company in its efforts to gain a foothold in the premium sports products market.
Those of us who have been following wearable tech for a while would have heard of Zepp. The California-based startup made a name for itself through tech designed for sports such as golf, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and badminton. Their devices were often backed by well known professional athletes. They never made a sports watch but Zepp did make a range of devices such as smart tennis racket dampeners, smart tennis bats, a wide range of golf tech and more.
There’ve been few hints Huami has actually done anything with Zepp technology since the acquisition. But this is about to change. The fact that there is no reference to Amazfit in the filing implies the device might be released under the Zepp brand.
The FCC documentation reveals a sleek and sporty looking device. The circular body of the watch has only one physical button on the right which is used to power the timepiece on and off. Navigation is therefore done via the AMOLED touchscreen. There’s a heart rate sensor onboard, 5 ATM water resistance and two pins on the back that align with the proprietary charger. The Lithium Ion battery has a capacity of 188mAh.
Its doubtful Zepp E will have Huami’s next generation wearables chip – the Huangshan 2. Announced a few days ago, this features a new optical sensor, the BioTracker 2, along with a series of processor and AI algorithm upgrades. But devices with the processor aboard are not expected until early next year.
So it remains to be seen how Zepp E differs from Huami’s Amazfit lineup. The company has recently churned out a couple of devices under the Timex brand, but Metropolitan R and Metropolitan S seem to be almost identical to Amazfit GTR and Amazfit GTS. It’s possible Zepp E might be a watch dedicated to certain sports, such as golf. But this is purely speculation on our part.
Along with Zepp E, Huami has also registered with the FCC in the past few days the Amazfit X. But pretty much everything is already known about this watch. Having raised nearly $2 million on Indiegogo it is expected to see the light of day in a few months time. You can read more about its features on this link.
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