Chinese Smartwatches 101

Before you go ahead and buy a smartwatch, you need to take a minute to consider what exactly you want to get out of it. There are dozens of companies jumping into the smartwatch field, and the Chinese market is just as—if not more so—saturated than the American market. While there are a few standard functions most smartwatches perform, there are also a ton of extra functions that just can’t fit onto every smartwatch.

Because smartwatches perform a variety of functions, it’s important to ensure the watch you buy does what you want it to do. While Chinese smartwatches are attractive because of their affordable prices, they can be limited in function, especially if you opt for a cheap model. With that said, the purpose of a smartwatch is to save you from having to pull out your phone every time you want to check your messages or control your music. So, you definitely want to ensure the smartwatch you buy is easy to use.

Before you go out and buy a smartwatch, ask yourself what you want to get out of it. Here is a list of some of the typical functions of a smartwatch:

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  • Notification display. Smart watches can display all types of information, such as an incoming call, a missed call, an unread text message, unread emails, or a voicemail. These functions are pretty standard for smartwatches that connect to your phone.
  • Calling and sending messages. Being able to call your contacts and send/receive text messages is a useful feature to have on a smartwatch.
  • App support. Some smartwatches go as far as connecting to your apps like WhatsApp, LINE, and Facebook.
  • Music control. Another standard feature, most smartwatches give you the ability to control your music.
  • Some smartwatches also want to replace your FitBit. They can track your steps and heart rate, and some even have built-in GPSs to track your routes. Other models are even able to track things like how fast you’re running and other fitness and sports data.
  • Quick pay. Mobile payment is pretty efficient, but paying through your smartwatch is even more convenient. This is not a feature available on every watch.

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There are still a few more things you need to do after you find a smart watch that does everything you want it to do. First of all, if you only speak English, you’re going to want to make sure that the Chinese smartwatch you order comes in English. You wouldn’t want your dream watch showing up at your door, only to realize that you can’t operate it due to a language barrier. Another thing that you should be aware of is the shipping time from websites like GearBest, as your smartwatch may take a while to get to you.

Before we jump into some Chinese smartwatch recommendations, there’s one final thing you need to know. Not all smartwatches are compatible with both iOS and Android. If you have an iPhone, you’re going to need to make sure the watch you buy is compatible with it. The same goes for an Android.

Without further ado, here are five great Chinese smartwatch options, and they’re all available on GearBest.

Xiaomi AMAZFIT

Xiaomi AMAZFIT

The Original Xiaomi HUAMI AMAZFIT smartwatch is one of the best Chinese smartwatches out there. Xiaomi is a huge Chinese electronics company that has huge market share in the smartphone industry and has branched out into other electronics like laptops and smartwatches. It’s safe to say that Xiaomi is the Chinese equivalent of Apple. With such brand reputation, it’s no wonder that Xiaomi’s smartwatches are the top of the line Chinese smartwatches.

The AMAZFIT is a beautiful smartwatch that comes with all the features you’d expect and then some. It has a 1.34-inch touchscreen made of Corning Gorilla glass, so you don’t have to worry about it shattering. It’s a smartwatch with HD resolution, coming in at 320 x 300 pixels. It also has reflective display technology, meaning that the brightness adjusts based on the environment, so it’s always comfortable to look at. The scratch resistant ceramic bezel is stunning, and the sweat-resistant sports strap complements its other features.

It also has some great additions. It has built-in Bluetooth and WiFi support, and it can store hundreds of songs to play on the go, which is a great compliment to its amazing workout functions. The AMAZFIT has a GPS, which can record your movement—including your running routes—in addition to a ton of other interesting running metrics like mileage, altitude, stride frequency, and pace. There’s also a heart monitor so you can make sure you’re not pushing yourself too hard.

Regarding its notifications, the Xiaomi AMAZFIT can also push information from Facebook, WhatsApp, and Wechat straight to you. It also lets you know when you’re getting a call or text message, which it will let you know of through a vibration.

The AMAZFIT’s battery will last 11.6 days in pure watch mode and 35 hours if you use the GPS continuously. There’s also a companion app called the AMAZFIT Watch Assistant where you’ll be able to configure your smartwatch and monitor your exercise data.

The smartwatch supports Android and iOS and comes with a dual-core, 1.2GHz chip and 512MB + 4GB of memory. The band itself comes in either black or red and is 22mm in width.

In the box, you’ll get the Xiaomi HUAMI AMAZFIT smartwatch, a USB charging cable, one charging dock, and a user manual.

KW88 MTK6580 smartwatch

KW88 MTK6580 smartwatch

The KW88 MTK6580 smartwatch is nothing to scoff at. Although Kingswear is a relatively unknown manufacturer in North America, their smartwatches continue to impress those who do know about them.

The watch comes in four different colors: black, gold, red, and white. There’s also an option, if you purchase the watch on GearBest, to have it come with matching earbuds. The smartwatch has a 1.39-inch screen encased in aluminum alloy, and the accompanying band is made of silica gel. The screen is pretty impressive for the price, boasting a 400×400 resolution covered with sapphire crystal glass, which is wear-resistant. The touch screen is super sensitive, so you won’t have any problems with the controls.

The features on this watch are really impressive. It has a 2.0-megapixel camera, which is pretty high quality for such a tiny device. It’s not only able to take pictures, but it can also record video on-the-go. It has a nano sim slot on the back to transfer your contacts as well.

It supports thousands of your favorite apps including WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Not only that, but you can have multiple apps running at the same time, meaning you can switch between them quicker and don’t have to completely shut down an app every time. It also functions with Google Now, Googles voice chat assistant.

Like other smartwatches, the Kingswear has GPS support, but it also comes with voice navigation through Google maps. It also has a built-in heart rate monitor and pedometer, tracking your steps and calories burnt when you go for a walk or a run.

It has great notification reminders, vibrating when you receive a phone call, text message, or a notification from one of your apps like Facebook. This requires Bluetooth connection to your cellphone.

The Kingswear 88 comes with a quad-core, 1.3GHz CPU, Android 5.1 (which is easily updateable), and 512MB of RAM. It comes in a ton of languages including English and Spanish. The watch face itself is very bulky, so it’s better for those who have bigger wrists. One complaint, however, is the battery life. Some users note that it only lasts six hours. But if you don’t mind charging it every night, this watch might be a good fit for you.

DZ09

DZ09

The DZ09 is truly one of the cheapest smartwatches you could find, but don’t let that fool you. It has a ton of features that honestly shouldn’t be in a watch this cheap, some of which aren’t even in smartwatches ten times the price of this one.

It has a really simple aesthetic, with a square-shaped touch screen. It comes in a few neutral colors, being black, white, silver, and gold. It has a 1.56 inch LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. It’s truly a sleek looking smartwatch that’ll go well with any outfit, especially a business-savvy style. The case is made of aluminum alloy and the band is made of silica gel.

This smartwatch has Bluetooth support so you can connect it with your phone to make use of some of its great functions. It supports Bluetooth phone calls and can also play music that’s either on your smartphone or stores on the memory card. With that said, it has micro sim card support and can play MP3 and WAV music files. You can sort through your contacts on the watch itself and be reminded of missed phone calls.

It also has a few unique features that aren’t in every smartwatch. It has a built-in sleep monitor that tracks the quality and duration of your sleep, as well a sedentary reminder to get you moving if you’ve been sitting for too long. It also has a super high capacity battery, with a standby time of 180 hours and 3 hours of talking time.

Unfortunately, it does have some drawbacks. There is no app support, meaning you won’t be able to use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. There’s also no web browser or video recording, although there is a 2-megapixel camera built-in. It supports Android 100%, but when it comes to the iPhone, it doesn’t support it 100% although some features will still work.

This is a great budget smartwatch if you’re looking to just get some basic features like step tracking and Bluetooth call support. You won’t find another smartwatch this affordable with as many features. It’s also a good smartwatch to buy as a first smartwatch.

In the box will come the DZ09 smart watch with a USB charging cable and the user manual.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

We can’t talk about budget Chinese smartwatches without discussing the Original Xiaomi Mi Band 2. It’s one of the most popular budget smartwatches available.

It takes on more of a bracelet-type appearance. Because it has a detachable band, Xiaomi is able to offer a ton of customization. The Mi Band 2 is available in over fifteen different colors, ranging from your neutrals like black and white to multicolored bands. The bands also come in two different sizes so that no matter your arm length, you’ll be able to get a good fit. You can even choose to use it with a metal band, which is unique to the Chinese smartwatch field. The case is plastic and the majority of bands are made of silica.

The Mi Band 2 supports both Android and iOS, making it a good option for iPhone users—most Chinese smartwatches do not support the iPhone. However, the Mi Band works best as a companion to the Xiaomi Mi cellphone. If you happen to have the Mi cellphone, you’ll be able to unlock your phone and perform some other neat functions with the watch.

Because it’s known more as a fitness smartwatch, as it’s other functions are pretty minimalistic. It’s professionally waterproof and sweat and dust resistant, so it’s great for runners. It can track the speed at which you’re running, your heart rate, and your steps. The Mi watch also works with an app to offer customizable fitness plans.

It has a few standard features, such as the ability to notify you through vibration when you’re receiving a phone call or text message. It also has a pretty in-depth sleep tracker that works in conjunction with the Mi Fit app. It’s able to track the duration of your sleep and your sleep patterns.

What makes this smartwatch great is its simplicity. Because of its straightforward design, it is able to be extremely sturdy and resistant to all sorts of potential damage like fire, water, and drops. It also has a pretty good battery, coming in at about 20 days with regular use. It’s sleek and non-obtrusive, so if you’re looking for a minimalistic smartwatch that isn’t too “in your face,” you’ll want to give this one a go.

LEMFO LES1

LEMFO LES1

The most expensive Chinese smartwatch on the list, the LEMFO LES1 is a sleek smartwatch that takes on the appearance of a traditional watch. It comes in either black or silver—both equally as sleek—and has a 1.39 inch OLED round display. The display resolution is 400×400, making it one of the best on the list. The case itself is made of aluminum alloy. The body is truly stunning and is only 13mm, making it ultra-thin. The body of the watch makes it a timeless looking piece that’ll much most outfits you try and pair with it. The customizability is increased with the over 50 watch faces it’s offered with.

The LEMFO LES1 is a great option for Android users, and fortunately, it also works for iOS. It supports nano sim cards so you can import your contacts directly into the watch and is Bluetooth compatible. The smartwatch has 1GB of Ram and 16gb of flash memory, making it able to hold tons of music and videos. It also has a 2 megapixel HD camera capable of taking great pictures and videos. It also supports wifi and has a quad-core processor.

In terms of its functions, the smartwatch is pretty great. It’s able to make independent phone calls and check and send text messages. It also has a built-in web browser so you can check the internet on the go. If you’re a city-dweller, this watch will be great to help you get around. It has built-in GPS that works with Google Maps so you’ll never have to get lost. It can download other apps as well, pretty much anything you can think of. Facebook, WhatsApp, LINE, Twitter, and YouTube are all compatible with this smartwatch.

It’s also great for exercising, as it has the standard built-in pedometer, being able to track your steps and heart rate. It tracks your daily steps and even sends you summaries of your daily activity. It’s safe to bring outside as it is sweat- and dust-resistant and won’t shatter if you drop it.

So, if you’ve now decided that you want to swipe up one of these great Chinese smartwatches, just remember that the shipping time is typically pretty long. However, if you’re buying your watch from somewhere like GearBest, you can rest assured that it’ll support a variety of languages and that customer service will be top notch.

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