Today marks the debut of Meizu’s first true smartwatch, which was produced by a Chinese company that also makes smartphones. The Qualcomm 4100 processor and eSIM functionality are both included in the package. The Meizu Watch’s release was initially anticipated for the fourth quarter of 2020.
If you are curious as to why we are using the term “proper,” it is because the firm introduced a smart(ish) watch back in 2016, which is why we use the word. It is a hybrid that goes by the name Meizu Mix (or Meizu Light), and it is equipped with certain smartphone notification capabilities and a pedometer for counting steps. The cleverness, though, pretty much petered out at that point.
Now we are getting a far more serious attempt at a smartwatch from the same business known for producing a variety of smart-looking smartphones. Meizu was founded in 2003 and initially focused on producing MP3 and MP4 players. After another five years, it moved its concentration to smartphone technology. Even though most of its sales are concentrated in its native nation, it is now ranked as the eleventh largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.
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It is visually reminiscent of the Apple Watch
In the days running up to today, there were several leaks and a few promotional posters. So we were prepared for anything that came our way.
Because the device is so similar in appearance to the Apple Watch, Meizu receives no points for innovation. The strategy has also been implemented by several other Chinese businesses, including Xiaomi, Oppo, and Redmi. This list now has room for one more person’s name to be added to it. In point of fact, a more accurate description would be to say that it resembles the Apple Watch when viewed from the front, but the Xiaomi Watch when viewed from the side.
The apparatus has a square form with rounded corners and a band that is looped around it. A ceramic bottom sits above the construction of aluminum alloy 6-series, which itself is constructed of ceramic. There is a single button on the right side of the device rather than a physical crown. The fluoroelastomer is used in the construction of the detachable strap.
On the motherboard is a 1.78-inch AMOLED display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass shields. This has a resolution of 368 by 448 pixels, a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, and a brightness of 500 nits. It is considered to be of a high resolution. The item’s actual dimensions are 46 by 38.4 by 12.97 millimeters (mm).
When it comes to its appearance, the Meizu Watch does not really impress all that much. This has all happened to us before. In fact, it seems to be on the inexpensive side. But wait, it does get more remarkable.
The engine compartment
To begin, this is one of a very small number of electronic devices that are equipped with the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip. In addition to this, there is 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of built-in storage space. Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, and Near Field Communication (NFC) for contactless payments are all supported. Meizu Pay supports this latter option.
The Meizu Watch also incorporates an LTE modem and an eSIM into its design. This indicates that you can make calls while it is not attached to a landline.
Flyme For Watch is the software that makes all of this possible. This is the company’s proprietary smartphone firmware, built on top of the Android operating system.
Aside from that, you get the standard assortment of fitness sensors, such as a heart rate sensor, an accelerometer, and a SpO2 sensor. You are tracking your sleep and stress levels, providing warnings for your heart rate and offering more than a dozen different sports modes. You also have access to an emergency SOS call capability, similar to what is available on the Apple Watch.
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The battery life is thirty-six hours
The battery life is nothing to write home about, but considering the specifications, this was probably to be expected. It can go up to 36 hours between charges with this device.
The good news is that the 420 mAh battery only needs to be connected to the charger for 15 minutes to have enough power to last for 9 hours. It takes forty-five minutes to go from empty to completely full. Because the charging base can be detached, you may use a single USB-C cable to supply power to your mobile phone and Watch.
Price and supply are listed here
Meizu is gradually broadening its product offering by developing an ecosystem consisting of smart homes and wearable gear compatible with one another. This list has been updated to include the Meizu Watch as the most recent inclusion.
Beginning tomorrow, consumers in China will have the option of purchasing the Meizu Watch in either Black or Azure, depending on their preference. Each one will cost you 1,499 Yuan, which is approximately $235. There has been no announcement regarding availability in other countries.