Huami has launched a more expensive Zepp Z variant in China. It comes with the ability to take an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).
The original version was unveiled about a month ago. It followed the Zepp E. That one is a fashionista fitness watch that comes in a circular and square design. It has lots of fitness sensors but with one important omission – built-in GPS.
Zepp Z has corrected this so is a more capable fitness tracking device. Unlike Zepp E, it only comes in a circular form-factor. The watch is made of a single piece of polished titanium alloy making it extremely lightweight and strong – something you want from a sports watch.
The ECG variant of the same is currently only available in China. Huami has hinted earlier that this will arrive and now it has made good on its promise.
To take a measurement you are meant to open the ECG function by long pressing on the dial page. This can be also used for quick access to a heart rate monitor, blood oxygen level and stress level.
It is quite possible the iteration will be made available internationally, but Zepp (which is owned by Huami) has quite a few regulatory hurdles to overcome. It will have to deal with regulatory authorities in each individual country.
This is more complicated than it sounds. Withings, for example, has launched its ECG-enabled devices in Europe, but not in the US. It is therefore no surprise Zepp has opted for a China-only launch for now.
The other addition the ECG version brings is support for NFC payments. Whether this works outside of China remains yet to be seen.
The final difference are the dimensions. The ECG version measures 46.6 x 46.3 x 10.75 mm, so is slightly larger than the regular iteration (45.9 x 45.9 x 10.75 mm). The other specs are more or less the same.
Zepp Z ECG sells in China for 2,699 yen (approximately $410). This is around $60 dollars more expensive than the non-ECG version.
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