In two and a half years, the realme brand has gained a sig­nif­i­cant share of the smart­phone and head­phone mar­ket. And recent­ly the com­pa­ny announced the launch of the sec­ond smart­watch mod­el — realme Watch S. The new prod­uct received a high-res­o­lu­tion col­or screen, sports modes and health mon­i­tor­ing func­tions. The main trump card is a record 15 days of auton­o­my. Let’s find out if the new prod­uct is good in busi­ness.

Metal is held in high esteem

In our coun­try, the acces­so­ry is pre­sent­ed in black. But the includ­ed sil­i­cone strap is easy to replace with any oth­er, since the fas­ten­ing is stan­dard — 22 mm. The gad­get, thanks to its thought­ful ergonom­ics and light weight of 48 grams, is pleas­ant to wear every day. The frame is made of met­al and the back is plas­tic. The watch will retain its orig­i­nal appear­ance for a long time, because the mate­ri­als used are prac­ti­cal and wear-resis­tant.

The display is clear and bright, but with a TFT matrix

The new prod­uct has a 1.3‑inch TFT pan­el. The max­i­mum bright­ness val­ue is 600 nits. Dis­play col­ors are mut­ed. View­ing angles are gen­er­al­ly decent, only black fades when tilt­ed. The screen res­o­lu­tion is 360x360 pix­els. This is larg­er than the square dis­play of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of realme watch­es. And the screen area of ​​the new prod­uct is larg­er. The top of the dial is cov­ered with 2.5D Goril­la Glass 3 with a good oleo­pho­bic coat­ing. It ris­es notice­ably above the body, so the risk of scratch­ing it increas­es. The dis­play is sur­round­ed by a fair­ly large bezel, but its ben­e­fits are not evi­dent with all dials. The acces­so­ry is instant­ly acti­vat­ed when you raise your wrist, and the auto-bright­ness sen­sor works at its best.

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Application on a smartphone

Syn­chro­niza­tion of the watch with the phone occurs in the realme Link pro­gram, avail­able on Android and iOS. The main screen dis­plays the charge lev­el, health indi­ca­tors and train­ing log. In the set­tings, you can adjust noti­fi­ca­tion sources, select the heart rate mea­sure­ment inter­val, acti­vate var­i­ous reminders, set dai­ly step goals, and change watch faces. Sev­er­al of them are already pre-installed, and the appli­ca­tion has 94 more design options. You can use any pic­ture as a back­ground.

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Branded operating system

The realme Watch S mod­el runs a pro­pri­etary OS. The speed and respon­sive­ness of the sys­tem still leave much to be desired. The watch does not always respond to swipes the first time; when scrolling through noti­fi­ca­tions, the inter­face some­times slows down. Up to ten recent mes­sages are stored in mem­o­ry, but you can­not reply to them. The Cyril­lic alpha­bet is dis­played accu­rate­ly and in a neat font, but emp­ty rec­tan­gles are shown instead of emoti­cons. Icons of pop­u­lar instant mes­sen­gers and social net­works are dis­played cor­rect­ly. If you click on the “Delete” but­ton, the noti­fi­ca­tion will dis­ap­pear from the smart­phone screen.

The inter­face is intu­itive, mak­ing it easy to inter­act with the watch. Mov­ing to the right brings up the quick set­tings pan­el, mov­ing to the left brings up a list of wid­gets with­out the abil­i­ty to cus­tomize their list and order. A swipe from above acti­vates the noti­fi­ca­tion cen­ter, and from below — a menu with sports pre­sets. Click­ing on the bot­tom phys­i­cal key leads to them, and click­ing on the top one takes you to the list of all appli­ca­tions. Use­ful fea­tures include a weath­er util­i­ty, a play­er for switch­ing music, func­tions for find­ing a phone and con­trol­ling the cam­era. The only thing miss­ing is a flash­light and the abil­i­ty to pick up the phone when there is an incom­ing call.

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If you’re healthy, you’ll get everything

The sen­sor that mea­sures heart rate is locat­ed in a slight­ly pro­trud­ing plat­form on the back of the acces­so­ry. When a cer­tain heart rate val­ue is exceed­ed, a noti­fi­ca­tion is sent. This can be use­ful not only for train­ing, but also for old­er peo­ple. Anoth­er sen­sor locat­ed on the back cov­er is a pulse oxime­ter. It mea­sures the lev­el of oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion in the blood: more than 92% — every­thing is in order, less — a rea­son to be wary.

Thanks to the gyro­scope and accelerom­e­ter, the device clear­ly cap­tures every body move­ment. This is nec­es­sary for a detailed analy­sis of sleep qual­i­ty.

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The watch tracks 16 types of work­outs. Stan­dard ones include run­ning, cycling and foot­ball, and unusu­al ones include yoga, crick­et and row­ing. Despite the pro­tec­tion against water and dust accord­ing to the IP68 stan­dard, the new prod­uct does not have a mode for exer­cis­ing in the pool. Steps are count­ed accu­rate­ly, but there are prob­lems with mea­sur­ing the dis­tance trav­eled, because the gad­get does not com­mu­ni­cate with GPS satel­lites. Dur­ing an acti­vat­ed work­out, only music con­trols are avail­able and incom­ing noti­fi­ca­tions are not dis­played.

Half a month without sockets

realme Watch S has a 390 mAh bat­tery. The man­u­fac­tur­er claims 15 days of auton­o­my. In fact, the fig­ure is close to the promised one. After a week of active use, the new prod­uct (con­stant syn­chro­niza­tion with a smart­phone, noti­fi­ca­tions, heart rate mea­sure­ment, auto­mat­ic bright­ness adjust­ment) was dis­charged by 47%. The gad­get has an ener­gy sav­ing mode, when acti­vat­ed, the dis­play shows only the date, time and remain­ing charge. Ener­gy is replen­ished using a mag­net­ic cra­dle with two con­tacts. Charg­ing from 0 to 100% takes 1 hour 20 min­utes.

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Specifications

DIMENSIONS
47 x 47 x 12 mm
WEIGHT
48 years old
MATERIALS
body — alu­minum and plas­tic
strap — sil­i­cone
DISPLAY
1,3’’, TFT, 360×360, 278 ppi
BATTERY
390 mAh
COMPOUND
Blue­tooth 5.0 LE
SENSORS
heart rate mon­i­tor, pulse oxime­ter, accelerom­e­ter, gyro­scope
PECULIARITIES
16 train­ing modes, more than 100 watch faces, IP68 pro­tec­tion, sleep analy­sis, cam­era con­trol

Results

The new prod­uct is inter­est­ing, but its posi­tion­ing is strange. If we con­sid­er the mod­el a fit­ness track­er, it does not have sup­port for GPS and some train­ing for­mats. Although 16 sports modes are also quite a lot. If we clas­si­fy the gad­get as a smart watch, it can­not respond to noti­fi­ca­tions and calls, and also lacks an NFC mod­ule for con­tact­less pay­ments.

But the watch also has sig­nif­i­cant advan­tages. It’s quite unex­pect­ed and pleas­ant to see heart rate and blood oxy­gen sen­sors in such an inex­pen­sive device. realme Watch S has excel­lent bat­tery life. Even with active use, the watch will last for half a month with­out recharg­ing. And this is one of the most impor­tant require­ments for a wear­able device.

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