The market for wearable devices is finally catching customers in 2020. In fact, it was one of the few industry segments that didn’t suffer great damage from the COVID-19 pandemic. The segment amassed positive results in the first quarters of 2020 and kept improving in Q3 2020. This segment comprises devices like smartwatches, smart bands, TWS audio products, and other wearable tech. In 2020, we saw many companies joining this segment including smartphone makers like Realme. However, brands that are already established as wearable companies are doing their best to keep the user base. Huami is among the most notable brands for smartwatches and smart bands thanks to its Amazfit lineup. This year, the company expanded with the release of the Zepp lineup. The latest release was the premium Zepp Z smartwatch.
The company started the Zepp lineup with the release of the Zepp E Circle and Zepp E Square. A couple of weeks ago, the company unveiled the Zepp Z a premium smartwatch with a higher price tag. Huami announced it for Global markets and recently revealed it in China. In counterpart to the International variant, the Chinese variant includes an ECG sensor and NFC for contactless payments and other related uses. The variant in China is available on the official Zepp store and on JD.com for CNY 2,699 which is just around $410. For a limited sale period, the company will offer it for CNY 2,649 or $403. This price tag is considerably higher than the non-ECG version that currently sells for $349. The price gives us an idea of how much the ECG variant will cost if it reaches other markets in the future.
Zepp Z (Chinese version) has ECG, NFC, and different dimensions
According to the product page for the smartwatch, users will be able to get quick access to the ECG function via the health button. It can also be customized to quickly access the heart rate monitor, blood oxygen level detection, or stress level. The latter has been a recurring use for the ECG sensor across other smartwatches. As aforementioned, Huami also added NFC for payment support in the Chinese variants. The dimensions are also different as the Chinese measures 46.6 x 46.3 x 10.75 mm. The global version, on other hand, has 45.9 x 45.9 x 10.75 mm overall dimensions. Apart from these changes, the remaining specifications are different.
The smartwatch brings a 1.39-inch AMOLED panel with 454 x 454 pixels of resolution. The device brings a 340mAh battery and water-resistance up to 50 meters. As usual, it brings a multitude of sport tracking modes.