​Amazfit Verge smartwatch brings big specs for just $116

Big on specs – but please let's see this with Wear OS

Amazfit has been busy adding to its budget wearable empire, with the Amazfit Verge, a supercharged smartwatch the latest addition to the family.

Doing a fairly decent impression of big, chunky smartwatches like the LG Watch Sport there’s an impressive list of specs to look forward to on the Verge.

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It's packing a 43mm watch body and 1.3-inch screen display with an AMOLED 360x360 screen, GPS (with GLONASS). It’s IP68 water resistant so you can’t swim with it – so it fails to get an advantage over the latest Wear OS watch bunch there.

Amazfit Verge smartwatch brings big specs for just $116

There’s also a dual core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage on board. All classic Wear OS specs. And for those still stinging from Apple not managing to add to its 18 hours of battery life, Huami says that the Amazfit Verge lasts five days. Impressive.

There’s a heart rate monitor on board, and will track all-day bpm and is also set to notify users about abnormal heart rates, something just announced by the Apple Watch Series 4. However, we did call the accuracy of the Amazfit Stratos sensor into question, so there will need to be significant improvements there.

Amazfit Verge smartwatch brings big specs for just $116

There’s also NFC built-in for payments with AliPay and UnionPay signed up – although the specifics of Western services/banks that it will work with aren’t clear.

It doesn’t run on Wear OS, which is the real shame, and instead uses its own custom OS. That OS means a built-in Xiao AI voice assistant.

And then there’s the price: 799 yuan translates to around $115, which is truly astounding value. It’s only available in China (via JD.com) right now – but it’s got us hoping that it can come to the West perhaps with Google Wear OS on-board, and keep the price tag under $200. Watch this space, as we’ll be following the Amazfit Verge closely.

Amazfit Verge smartwatch brings big specs for just $116


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  • Bobisg·

    These watches are great but they will never run wear os. The battery efficient chipset is made specifically for their own os.

  • billg·

    Wear OS is slow & lacks endurance because its overloaded with marginally-performing functions in trying to do things on the watch that the phone in my pocket does better.

    So, kudos to Huami/AmazFit for delivering more by focusing on those functions a watch does better than a phone: telling time, dealing with notifications, tracking fitness/sleep, controlling music, and delivering other info (ie weather) that can be consumed in a glance.

    - @billg

  • Zirkumpolar·

    Not waterproof - no deal! I love the design and functions, bbutI will not buy it, because it cannot stand water.