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Realme Watch unboxing and first impressions: a solid debut smartwatch

Realme recently ventured into lifestyle products by launching its first-ever wearable in India in the form of the Realme Band. Today, the brand expanded its portfolio in the country by venturing into two new categories of lifestyle products – Realme TV and Realme Watch. Both products are the first launches for the brand in their respective categories.

Also read: Realme Band review: as basic as it gets

The Realme Watch takes all the features of the Realme Band and adds a few more upgrades including an SpO2 sensor for measuring blood oxygen levels and premium design with a square dial. I received the latest launch from the company a couple of days ago, and have been using it for a bit. Here are my initial impressions of the debut smartwatch from the brand.

Let’s talk about the packaging of the Realme Watch first. The smartwatch comes in an elongated box that resembles that of the Apple Watch. The box has the signature Realme yellow paint job and shows the visual of the watch on the top, core specs at the bottom and Realme branding all around. As you open the lid, you will find the Realme Watch lying atop a compartment that houses the magnetic charger and documentation.

Coming to the design, the Realme Watch is crafted entirely from plastic and comes with a silicon strap, and as such is extremely light-weight at just 31gms. This ensured that the watch was non-intrusive and I could go to bed wearing it without a constant jabbing reminder on my wrist. There’s a single physical button on the right edge, which serves as the back navigation key as well as the power button. Long pressing the button lets you switch off the wearable or exit the power saving mode if you have it turned on.

You will find the magnetic connectors as well as the heart rate sensor on the back of the watch. Realme is offering the watch with a Classic buckle strap and a Fashion strap with an Apple Watch Sport style button clasp mechanism. The latter will be available for sale soon.

Realme is offering the smartwatch with a black silicon classic strap as the default option. However, the brand will also offer interchangeable straps in blue, red, and green colours, which need to be purchased separately. The Realme Watch also features an IP68 rating, which means it can withstand dust, dirt, and sand, and can be submerged up to 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes. This makes it an ideal companion for workouts, swimming and other outdoor activities.

The Realme Watch allows users to set the brightness limit from 10 percent to 100 percent in increments of 10. I found the 1.4-inch colour capacitive touchscreen perfectly legible at 20-30 percent when indoors, but the brightness had to be cranked up to 80-100 percent when outside. The screen has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels and is reasonably sharp. There’s a massive chin below the display with a very stealthy Realme logo on it, which is not visible unless you look closely.

Speaking of the display, Realme announced that it will roll out over 100 watch faces through an OTA update in the near future. At present, there are 12 watch faces on the Realme Link app, and you can choose 6 watch faces to have on the watch at a time. Long pressing on the watch face lets users switch between different watch faces that they have downloaded.

The Realme Link is already up on Play Store. Speaking of which the Realme Watch only supports Android devices running Android 5.0 and above as of now. However, Realme has announced that the iOS support be available in the near future.

On the topic of software, Realme Watch comes with 14 integrated activity tracking modes including outdoor run, walk, indoor run, outdoor cycle, aerobic capacity, strength training, football, basketball, table tennis, badminton, indoor cycle, elliptical, yoga, and cricket. Health monitoring options include 24-hour real-time heart rate monitoring, SpO2 blood oxygen measurement, sleep detection, step counter, calories tracker, water reminder, sedentary reminders, activity records and more. The software also offers features like music control, remote smartphone camera shutter, weather, smart notifications, and more.

So far, the step counter and heart rate monitor have been consistent and mostly accurate. I will reserve my final judgement for the full review.

The Realme Watch features a 160mAh battery, which the brand claims can last up to 7 days with the heart rate monitor on, and 9 days with it turned off. There’s also a power-saving mode, which turns of all power extensive processes and displays only time and offers up to 20 days of backup. I have been using the watch with all notifications on, sedentary and water reminders set to 30 minutes, 24-hours heart rate monitor turned on and raise to wake feature toggle on as well. At the time of writing, I have been using the watch for three days and there’s still 28 percent battery left.

Realme launched its debut smartwatch for Rs 3,999, and at this price, the wearable offers a premium design, SpO2 sensor, continuous heart rate monitor and 14 activity tracking modes, among others. It does miss out on GPS, however that can be expected given its price. Stay tuned for my review, where I’ll talk more about how the watch performs in daily usage. If you would like to know something in particular, leave a comment and I will try to address it in the review.

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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.