Fitbit has been ruling the wearable fitness tracker space for a while now. There are a bunch of Fitbit devices available at decent prices. But sadly, the company is yet to launch a smart band with an affordable price tag. With this in mind, Chinese vendors have been making no delay in cashing the opportunity.
Smartphone vendors like Xiaomi have already launched a couple of fitness trackers at affordable prices. Surprisingly enough, these smart bands feature decent hardware and, for what they are worth, pretty much serve the purpose albeit slight inaccuracy in tracking. The latest Chinese vendor to join the bandwagon is none other than Meizu.
Alongside the Meizu M5 Note, the company had launched its first fitness tracker which goes by the name Meizu Band.
Sporting a sleek and simple design which, not to mention, has a striking resemblance with the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 offers all the basic functionalities like (you'd expect from a fitness tracker) tell the time, keep track of daily step count, calories burnt, sleep quality, and the heart rate via the built-in AMS heart rate monitor.
Additionally, it will also display incoming notifications (texts and calls) on the OLED screen. Moreover, if you're the kind of a person who keeps misplacing the smartphone (the one paired with the band), the band can help you locate your phone. Furthermore, it also alerts users if they are spending more time being idle at a particular place.
Akin to all the other smart bands, the Meizu Band connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Speaking of which, the company had launched a dedicated app for both Android and iOS which will provide a more detailed version of your daily activity.
The Meizu Band, similar to the Mi Band 2, is IP67 water certified meaning it is dust and water resistant to an extent. As far as the battery is concerned, the fitness band is claimed to offer 15 days of battery life (7 days with heart rate monitor active) on a single charge.
In terms of price the fitness band is priced at CNY 229 (roughly around Rs. 2,254) which puts in the same league as the Xiaomi Mi Band 2. Also, the M5 Note buyers will be able to buy it at a discounted price of CNY 199 (approximately Rs. 1,959).
Pre-orders have already begun in China and the band will start hitting the brick and mortar stores from December 8. There's no word on the global availability of the fitness tracker yet, but we think it will make it to the Indian shores soon.