• Amazfit Bip: Xiaomi's Pitch to Pebblers

    With the Pebble apocalypse looming in the distance—June 30th, to be exact—r/pebble on reddit has become an especially interesting destination on the web. Some Pebblers are resigning themselves to jump ship to either Android Wear or Apple Watch, depending on their smartphone. Some are looking to Garmin devices for their long battery life. And at least one of the 35,000+ subscribers there has committed to the watch you see above, the Amazfit Bip.

    Chinese? You bet it is... Amazfit branded wearables are made and marketed by Huami, a sub-brand of Xiaomi. What makes the Bip so intriguing for Pebblers is its always-on colour display and the promise of up to 30 days of battery life. Here's the entire spec sheet from the Bip's US product page:

    Always-on reflective 1.28 inch color touch display
    2.5D Corning gorilla glass generation 3 + AF coating
    Optical heart rate sensor for heart rate zones
    Geomagnetic sensor (compass)
    Air pressure sensor (barometer) for elevation
    GPS + GLONASS for route tracking
    20 mm standard width changeable watch band
    IP 68 rating - resistant to dust, rain and splashing
    190 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
    1.1 ounces (31 grams) total weight

    While Americans can order straight from the source, the best option for Canadians seems to be a grey market importer, like this one. With a price tag of less than $80 CAD I might just have to try one out... for science!

    More coverage of the Amazfit Bip here: GSM Arena, SlashGear, The Verge

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Amazfit Bip: Xiaomi's Pitch to Pebblers started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Already have it on pre-order. Can't wait to try it out
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Nice! Apparently there's already support for Gadgetbridge if you didn't want to use Mi Fit on your phone.
    1. NotABiot's Avatar
      NotABiot -
      I don't see any wrong-side buttons in the pic, so far so good.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Nice! Apparently there's already support for Gadgetbridge if you didn't want to use Mi Fit on your phone.
      Excellent! Nice to have options