Renders of the upcoming device along with a 360 degree video were published online by @OnLeaks & Digit (via Notebookcheck). They do not reveal their source so, as with all leaks, take this with a pinch of salt.
The pictures reveal a device that looks very different from the first generation Realme Band. That one was revealed in March last year. All in all, it was a rather basic affair which was to be expected from Realme’s first effort in this space.
Its highlight is the 10 day battery life and $20 price tag. Other than that, you get a heart rate sensor, multiple sports options and smartphone music control. Nothing really to write home about.
Realme Band 2 – first images
The second generation will be looking to build on this. For starters, although it packs a minimalistic look, the fitness band looks much classier. The Realme Band 2 reportedly has a 1.4 inch display, quite a bit bigger than the 0.96 that can be found on the original.
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Just like the Honor Watch ES and Huawei Watch Fit, this type of design blurs the line between fitness bands and smartwatches. This looks like its becoming a trend.
We’re not really sure if we’re fan of the concept. In our mind a fitness band is for those that want something discreet on their wrist. For others, there are quite a few smartwatch options out there. But there seems to be a market for this sort of thing.
The actual dimensions of the device come in at 45.9 x 24.6 x 12.1 mm. The 360 degree video below shows the back of the watch in more detail. This reveals the optical sensor, so heart rate monitoring and basic fitness tracking is part of the package.
It is speculated the band could come with blood oxygen level measurements and perhaps even blood pressure monitoring. If the second of these does arrive, we wouldn’t put too much stock in those readings.
The big brands are struggling with blood pressure measurements from the wrist and it is a challenge obtaining precise readings. A budget wearable brand is not going to have much more luck.
No word yet on battery life. A big display is power hungry, but hopefully the sizeable body will be able to pack a large capacity battery. Unlike the first generation which is charged by detaching a strap and pluging the thing into a USB port, the second generation will be charged via pogo pins.
The only other info that is currently known is Bluetooth support. This has been bumped up from Bluetooth 4.2 on the original to 5.1.
Hopefully Realme will be able to improve on waterproofing. The first generation device only has a IP68 rating.
Realme Band 2 – release date
No word yet on an actual release date but if it happens this year, expect Realme Band 2 to drop before the end of October. The two months from end August is when most wearable brands plan their releases. This is to get them in ahead of the all-important holiday shopping period. It is very rare that we see a new fitness tracker or smartwatch between mid-November and the end of the year.
Realme is keeping busy and slowly making a name for itself in the budget wearable space. In May the company dropped Watch 2 Pro with built-in GPS and a larger battery. This followed its first scale. That one was revealed in March 2021 and it comes with 16 types of health measurements.
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