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!