Huami launched three smartwatches below Amazfit’s Bip sequence this 12 months – Bip S, Bip S Lite, and Bip U. The Bip U is actually the odd one out, coming with a distinct design and dropping the transflective show that was the sequence’ signature characteristic.
To make up for that it comes with just a few extra options over its stablemates. We now set off to search out if they’re sufficient to make the Bip U a worthy buy.
Amazfit Bip U specs
- Show: 1.43″, 320×302 pixel TFT shade display, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3
- Straps: Removable silicone rubber straps, 20mm width, 76-118mm adjustable size
- Options: Actual-time coronary heart price monitor, Blood oxygen stage measurement, Stress Monitor, 5ATM water resistance, Sleep Monitoring, Menstrual Cycle Tracker, Sports activities Monitoring, Step Counter, Name and App Notification alerts, Standing Reminder, Telephone Finder, Climate Forecast, Digital camera and Music Management, World Clock, Pomodoro Tracker
- Sports activities Modes: Greater than 60 sports activities modes, together with Strolling, Out of doors Biking, Yoga, Pool Swimming, and Cricket
- Sensors: BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor, SpO2 Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
- Connectivity: BLE 5.0, Appropriate with Android 5.0+ and iOS 10.0+
- Positioning: Depends on related smartphone’s GPS
- Battery: 230mAh
- Colours: Black, Pink, and Inexperienced
- Dimensions: 40.9 x 35.5 x 11.four mm
- Weight: 31 grams
The Amazfit Bip U could be very light-weight at 31 grams, which makes it comfy to put on throughout a exercise and at night time for sleep monitoring. The primary module is fabricated from polycarbonate, and the 20mm vast removable straps are fabricated from silicone rubber and have an adjustable size of 76-118mm. These are fairly mushy and comfy, and I did not actually face any points with them throughout my 15+ hours of utilization per day for just a few weeks.
The Amazfit Bip U sports activities a 1.43″ shade touchscreen, beneath which is the Amazfit brand, and on the precise aspect is the round button that has a grayish accent, which is extra pronounced on the Pink and Inexperienced shade fashions.
The bodily button presents good suggestions and is used to unlock the smartwatch, wake the display, return to a earlier menu, scroll up and down throughout a exercise, and pause it. Similar to the Bip S and Bip S Lite, it is also the one manner you’ll be able to entry all of the settings and options on the Bip U, and you may configure it to rapidly entry a characteristic with a long-press. By default, it brings you to the exercise mode.
Across the again, we get charging pins conserving firm to the SpO2 and BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor. In contrast to the Bip S and Bip S Lite, these are positioned inside an elevated round plate, which helps them make correct contact with the pores and skin for correct measurements. It additionally helps forestall the buildup of grime over time, which is the case with the Bip S duo.
Charging pins with BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor and SpO2 Sensor
The Amazfit Bip U additionally comes with 50-meter water resistance score and might collect knowledge about your swimming efficiency.
The Amazfit Bip U includes a 1.43″ shade show of 320×302-pixel decision with the safety of two.5D Corning Gorilla Glass Three and an anti-fingerprint coating. Nonetheless, this is not the transflective kind we have seen on the Bip S lineup.
Regardless of not being transflective, the visibility of the Bip U’s TFT display outside below robust daylight is sweet sufficient at 100% brightness, and I used to be in a position to function the smartwatch and consider the on-screen info with out an excessive amount of trouble. It is not so good as the Bip S duo outside, nevertheless it will get the job achieved.
Out of doors visibility apart, that is fairly a vibrant display with a good contact response. It helps 50 customized watchfaces by means of the Zepp app (previously Amazfit) and comes loaded with 4, two of that are customizable, permitting you to decide on the knowledge you wish to see on the display.
I personally just like the watchfaces which might be accessible on the Zepp app. They’re fairly colourful and funky and are grouped in eight classes – Digital Dashboard, Creative & Inventive, Train & Well being, Easy & Fashionable, Quirky, Conventional & Traditional, Mechanical punk, and Retro sentiment.
If you happen to do not like all of them, you even have the choice to create one your self by importing a photograph from the paired smartphone. You too can choose your favourite shade for the time, day, and date that is displayed on the homescreen.
Like many different smartwatches, the Amazfit Bip U shows app notifications and alerts you of incoming calls. It additionally comes with the Lit upon carry wrist characteristic, which wakes up the display whenever you carry your wrist. It may be saved enabled all day or might be turned on/off at a given time day by day. What’s higher is that you could entry this setting from the Bip U, which eliminates the necessity for a smartphone. However not like the Bip S and Bip S Lite, it isn’t accessible by means of the Zepp app.
One other characteristic price mentioning is Auto Display Off, which as evident from the title lets you choose display timeout for the Bip U – minimal is 5 seconds, most is 15. This, too, is simply accessible from the smartwatch.
The Amazfit Bip U works with each Android and iOS gadgets and it’s good to obtain the Zepp app from their respective app shops to arrange the smartwatch, sync knowledge, and alter its settings.
The Zepp app was beforehand known as Amazfit, however regardless of the rebranding, it stays the identical on the within and that is hardly nice information. It nonetheless has shortcuts for a similar settings at a number of areas, and people who aren’t supported by the machine are grayed out as an alternative of being hidden.
Not simply that, there are a lot of fields within the app that are not associated to the Bip U however are nonetheless seen with none knowledge and no strategy to enter the worth. All this typically results in a nasty consumer expertise and Amazfit actually must provide you with a redesigned app quickly.
The Amazfit Bip U is operated in the identical manner because the Bip S and Bip S Lite: a swipe up on the homescreen opens the Notification Middle, and a swipe down opens the Management Middle, which supplies fast entry to Do Not Disturb, Alarms and Display Brightness. It additionally has a shortcut for the Settings app.
Swiping on the left or proper on the homescreen helps you to entry Exercise Objective, Coronary heart Charge, PAI, Climate, and Music Management pages. You possibly can rearrange the order of their look to your liking and take away or add new ones by heading to the Settings > Choice > Shortcut apps menu on the Bip U. However not like the Bip S and Bip S Lite, you’ll be able to’t tinker with these settings from the Zepp app.
To entry all of the options and settings and begin a exercise, you need to use the bodily button. It will also be used to return in the event you do not favor the precise swipe gesture.
Options and Efficiency
The Amazfit Bip U comes with real-time coronary heart price monitoring, blood oxygen stage measurement, sleep monitoring, stress monitoring, and menstrual cycle tracker for ladies. It additionally helps 60+ sports activities modes and options idle alerts.
Except for the well being and health options, the Amazfit Bip U helps incoming name and app notification alerts and comes with a stopwatch, countdown timer, Pomodoro tracker, telephone finder, alarm clock, world clock, climate forecast, and digicam and music management.
For coronary heart price monitoring, the Amazfit Bip U has a BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor onboard, which may measure your pulse mechanically at an interval of 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes. It will also be measured manually everytime you need, which on common took 10-15 seconds in my testing.
BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor
An summary of the day by day coronary heart price knowledge is accessible on the Bip U, however for an in depth evaluation, you want the Zepp app. It is also price mentioning that just a few occasions in the course of the exercise with the sports activities mode enabled, the Bip U recorded larger pulse and reached the restrict, which was completely inaccurate, so it is advisable to not use the recorded knowledge as a foundation for analysis and remedy.
Furthermore, the SpO2 sensor on our unit refused to measure the blood oxygen stage more often than not. After discussing the problem with Amazfit, we have been advised our unit was defective, and a brand new one can be organized quickly. We have not obtained it on the time of scripting this evaluation, so we’ll replace it after we get the brand new unit.
That mentioned, sleep monitoring on the Amazfit Bip U is generally correct. You possibly can examine the day by day sleep knowledge on the Bip U, and extra particulars can be found on the Zepp app. The Bip U additionally displays REM sleep and information afternoon naps – that is one thing the Bip S and Bip S Lite can’t do.
The Bip U also can measure sleep respiratory high quality, however the characteristic is in beta proper now and does not all the time work.
Transferring on to sports activities monitoring, we get greater than 60 sports activities modes with the Bip U, together with Strolling, Out of doors Biking, Yoga, Pool Swimming and Cricket. All are grouped into 10 classes – Run-Strolling Sports activities, Biking Sports activities, Indoor Sports activities, Out of doors Sports activities, Swimming Sports activities, Winter Sports activities, Ball Sports activities, Dance Sports activities, Boxing Sports activities, and Different Sports activities.
And what’s commendable is a number of the sports activities modes let you select the knowledge you wish to see on the display throughout a exercise. You too can set targets from the smartwatch like goal period, energy burned, laps, and extra. These fluctuate relying on the sports activities mode.
The train knowledge is accessible on the smartwatch below the Exercise Historical past menu together with a graphical illustration of your coronary heart price in addition to velocity, if it is strolling or working, for instance. For extra knowledge about your exercise, you’ll be able to all the time head to the Train file part within the Zepp app.
In contrast to the Bip S, the Bip U does not include an in-built GPS, so you may should hold the smartwatch related to the paired smartphone and hold its GPS turned on in order for you route monitoring.
Subsequent up is stress monitoring. Like coronary heart price, your stress ranges will also be measured mechanically all through the day or manually everytime you need, which took round 30-45 seconds in my testing. You possibly can allow automated measurement from the Zepp app in addition to the smartwatch. The information about your day by day stress ranges is accessible from the smartwatch, and a extra detailed evaluation might be discovered on the Zepp app.
The Amazfit Bip U additionally comes with an automated step counter, and like many different smartwatches and health bands, the Bip U is just not solely correct at it because it all the time information some additional steps, nevertheless it ought to nonetheless offer you a good concept of your motion. You will get a fast overview of your day by day steps on the Bip U and use the Zepp app to examine your day by day, weekly, month-to-month, and yearly efficiency.
One other health characteristic on the Bip U is the Standing Reminder, which triggers a vibration reminder if no train exercise is detected within the first 50 minutes of an hour. The smartwatch additionally comes with a menstrual cycle tracker for ladies.
The Bip U helps app notifications as nicely. It exhibits a most of 10 notifications at a time, and just like the Bip S and Bip S Lite, it does not show the corresponding icons of all of the apps in addition to some particular characters – together with the image for the Indian Rupee. Nonetheless, the smartwatch does allow you to examine new notifications throughout a exercise, however you’ll be able to’t delete them or examine the older ones. You need to do this from the Notification Middle.
App notifications on the Bip U
The Bip U also can provide you with a warning of incoming calls and lets you reject or mute them. It additionally helps you to reject a name and reply to the caller with an SMS. All you need to do is swipe up on the smartwatch’s display whenever you get a name and choose one of many preset replies. By default, the smartwatch comes with three SMS replies. You possibly can both modify them or add new ones with a most of 140 characters.
The Music and Digital camera controls on the Bip U labored nice. The previous is accessible even throughout a exercise with a left swipe, and the latter must be enabled by heading to the Profile tab > Amazfit Bip U > Lab > Digital camera settings menu within the Zepp app.
The remainder of the options of the Bip U I already talked about are stopwatch, countdown timer, Pomodoro tracker, telephone finder, climate forecast, alarm clock and world clock, that are all self-explanatory. However there’s one characteristic that deserves consideration – customized vibrations.
The Bip U not solely lets you allow/disable vibrations for sure alerts, but in addition helps you to create one your self by tapping in several methods on the related telephone’s display. It is a very nice addition because it ought to assist customers establish totally different alerts with out having to achieve for his or her smartphone.
That mentioned, just like the Amazfit Neo, the Bip U additionally takes lengthy to reconnect with the smartphone at occasions and knowledge syncing can also be gradual. Hopefully Amazfit will repair this quickly with a software program replace.
The Amazfit Bip U packs a 230 mAh battery, which the corporate says can provide 9 days of endurance with the next settings and utilization:
- Default watchface
- Elevate-to-wake display enabled
- Computerized coronary heart price measurement interval set to 10 minutes
- Smartwatch receiving 50 notifications per day
- 200 display activations on elevate day by day
- Out of doors working for 30 minutes and measuring the blood oxygen stage twice day by day
On common, I acquired 4 days of endurance with the next utilization and setings:
- Default watchface
- Elevate-to-wake display enabled
- Show brightness at 50%
- Display timeout set to 6 seconds
- Computerized coronary heart price measurement interval set to at least one minute
- Sleep monitoring, sleep respiratory high quality, and all-day stress monitoring enabled
- Receiving greater than 100 notifications all through the day which mild up the display and vibrate the smartwatch, consuming additional energy
- Round 15 minutes of strolling day by day
As soon as the battery is totally drained, you’ll be able to juice it up with the bundled charger that snaps on to the smartwatch magnetically. Amazfit says it may possibly refill the Bip U in two hours, however just like the Bip S, Bip S Lite and Neo, the Bip U over-delivered right here. The charger crammed up the cell in round 1 hour 45 minutes on a mean.
That mentioned, just like the Bip S and Bip S Lite, the Bip U additionally shows the date, day and time on the display when charging however not the precise battery stage, and you need to use the Zepp app for that. You too can pause the charging and open the Management Middle with a downward swipe on the homescreen to examine the battery stage, which is sort of a chore.
The Amazfit Bip U is the odd one out within the Bip lineup because it does not pack the transflective show that has a loyal following, nevertheless it does sport a vibrant display, which just like the Bip S and Bip S Lite is protected by the two.5D Corning Glass 3.
The Bip U additionally comes with options like an SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen stage measurement, menstrual cycle tracker for ladies, stress monitoring, and help for REM sleep and afternoon nap monitoring that is lacking from different smartwatches within the lineup.
The Bip U performs nicely in the true world, too, and that paired with its expansive characteristic set earns it a straightforward suggestion from us.
The Bip U was launched with a price ticket of INR3,999 ($55/€45) in India and for INR1,000 ($15/€10) extra, you should purchase the Bip S, which is not as feature-rich because the Bip U however comes with a transflective show, built-in GPS and higher battery life.
And in the event you do not wish to spend greater than that, then you definately may wish to take into account the Bip S Lite, which is priced at INR3,799 ($50/€40) on the time of scripting this evaluation. It is a toned-down mannequin of the Bip S and skips just a few options, however manages to supply the same expertise. You possibly can read our Amazfit Bip S review here, and the Bip S Lite review over here.
- Light-weight and comfy
- Vibrant display
- 5ATM water resistance
- Correct sleep monitoring with REM sleep and afternoon nap monitoring
- Allows you to create customized watchfaces and vibration alerts
- You possibly can tinker with some settings on the watch with out requiring a smartphone
- Notification administration wants enchancment
- Official app wants a design overhaul
- Takes too lengthy to attach and sync knowledge at occasions