Wyze announces $20 smartwatch with color screen, fitness tracking

Shawn Knight

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Bottom line: Wyze is branching out into a new category. The smart home products maker is now accepting pre-orders for its first true wearable, the aptly named Wyze Watch. At just $20, could this be the new budget smartwatch to beat? We'll find out in February.

The Wyze Watch features a lightweight aluminum alloy frame (6061 grade aluminum) with a 1.75-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display (320 x 285 resolution, 16-bit color) on the 47mm option (the 44mm case includes a more petite 1.4-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 320).

Both models feature a blood oxygen sensor and a heart rate sensor as well as sleep monitoring, step tracking and menstrual health tracking. The watches are compatible with most major apps including Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, and offer shortcuts to control other devices you own in the Wyze ecosystem. They also carry an IP68 rating and are water resistant up to two meters.

The smaller 44mm unit packs a 260mAh battery that’s rated for up to 14+ days of battery life while the bigger 47mm model has a 300mAh battery good for up to nine days of life between charges. Recharge time on each is listed at 2.5 hours.

Wyze is now accepting pre-orders priced at just $19.99 for either model. The Wyze Watch will ship with a basic silicone strap starting in February 2021 but you can opt for a leather strap or a silicone band (for an added fee) if you’re looking for a bit of personalization. You’ll need to keep expectations in check at that price point but even if it ends up being just alright, it’s tough to beat a $20 smartwatch.

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QuantumPhysics

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It would make a nice gift for young kids at that price - or for adults who don't know tech well.

But apple should sue them for making something that even remotely infringes on Applewatch's style.
 

DZillaXx

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I wonder if battery life is as good as it seems.

Battery Life IMO is the biggest flaw with the apple watches. That and them not supporting android, as everyone knows iOS is designed for non techie people.
 

Uncle Al

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Zoweeeee ..... that's going to put a kink in all the other smart watch makers shorts! Can't wait to get my hands on one of these!
 
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CBTex

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I have a smart watch. I hardly ever wear it. I just wear a normal watch. All I need is the time and date. I have my phone with me all the time anyways.
 
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Hardware Geek

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That makes sense. I'm glad that these devices can help with medical needs, especially at an affordable price.
I was excited to read about it. I certainly wasn't going to get an apple watch just for that feature and have been looking at other options in the $50 or less range. At $20 each these are wortha shot even if they end up not working well(plus $
4-6 bucks for an extra band if you want a spare or different color). I ordered one for my wife as well. If we don't like them, we can give them to the kids.
 

Avro Arrow

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I hope that Wyze has a lot of inventory or this watch will have the same problems as ATi and nVidia. Seriously, how can you go wrong paying $20 for a regular watch, let alone a Smart Watch!

Hell, my Seiko Lord SSA074 Automatic cost me hundreds and that's just a mechanical dial watch! Paying just $20 for a watch of ANY kind is a bargain.
 

pmshah

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I wonder if battery life is as good as it seems.

Battery Life IMO is the biggest flaw with the apple watches. That and them not supporting android, as everyone knows iOS is designed for non techie people.
I was using first Mi Band 3 and now Mi Band 4. It has all these features except oxygen monitor. I am required to track my pulse rate every 5 minutes. Battery life with such high frequency pulse measuring system is minimum 21 days. crApple in this regard sucks big time. Battery life is battery 24 hours !!!
 

netman

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"But apple should sue them for making something that even remotely infringes on Applewatch's style."

Nonsense...!
 
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