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