As a brand under Huami Technology, Amazfit specializes in smartwatches, bracelets, and other wearable devices. It is highly recognized by consumers for its professionalism and once ranked among the top 5 in the global market. It has considerable strength.
Its new product Amazfit Balance smartwatch is a brand new series launched by Amazfit. It continues the fashionable business attributes of GTR but is more high-end than the GTR series in terms of positioning.
The name of this watch is also quite interesting. “Balance” translates to balance. Amazfit hopes that this watch, can bring life, work, and health, and maintain physical and mental balance to users. Its main function is closely related to health.
Amazfit Balance is the first wearable device equipped with Huami’s self-developed fifth-generation PPG sensor. It has an 8-channel, 2-color light solution. Similar solutions are only seen on the higher-end Apple Watch.
Generally speaking, the more channels and lights, the more accurate the measurement data, but it also depends on the arrangement between the two, and the use of Huami’s self-developed algorithm can make the hardware and algorithm better combined, bringing to achieve more comprehensive and accurate monitoring capabilities.
It is not unusual for a watch to be able to monitor blood oxygen, heart rate, and sleep around the clock. A bracelet can also do this. It brings two functions that other mainstream watches do not have.
One is blood pressure monitoring. Amazfit Balance’s blood pressure measurement software has been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration and obtained a Class II medical device registration certificate, making it the first domestic product to complete software blood pressure certification.
This certification is quite valuable. It takes about two or three years from application to certification for a Class II medical device certificate. For manufacturers that push once a year or even twice a year, this period is long and the cost is too high, but the benefits The accuracy and professionalism are very guaranteed.
The second is to support body composition detection. This is also the first watch equipped with this technology among Amazfit’s previous products.
This technology can only be seen on smart scales, but now it can also be implemented on watches. As long as you wear Amazfit Balance, you can easily get professional information such as body fat rate, basal metabolism, protein, water, glutinous rice, and skeletal muscle with one click. data.
It is worth mentioning that the Xiaomi body fat scale we have experienced before uses technology from Huami.
Next, let’s take a look at how this watch performs.
Design and Appearance
The language design of Amazfit Balance can be said to be of the same origin as its own GTR series, continuing the elements of racing and competition. The appearance is very versatile and can be easily handled for fashion and business. It weighs 35g and is equipped with a nylon wristband, which makes it easy to wear. It’s still very comfortable on the wrist.
The material used for the watch body is armored aluminum, which is what Samsung S23 Ultra uses. It gives people a high-end and solid feeling, and the integrated texture looks very high-end.
The AMOLED screen equipped on the Amazfit Balance is 1.5 inches, with a screen-to-body ratio of 73.4%, a resolution of 480×480, and a PPI of 323. The screen brightness can reach up to 1500 nits, which can be seen clearly under strong light outdoors.
Details on the back of the Amazfit Balance. The protruding part in the middle is the fifth-generation PPG sensor used for health monitoring.
The two concave contacts on the top are used for magnetic charging. The middle frame is made of armored aluminum. The silver body and stainless steel crown and buttons bring a good texture. The orange decorative ring highlights the sporty feel of the watch.
The thickness of Amazfit Balance is only 10.6mm (excluding the heart rate concave part), and the weight of the watch body is only 35g.
The large opening at the bottom is a speaker. When exercising while wearing the Amazfit Balance, you can play the local playlist stored on the watch, or you can use the watch to make calls. This is possible.
The details of the 22mm high-elastic, skin-friendly nylon strap are at a glance. The width is 22mm and can fit wrist circumferences of 140-210mm.
It uses a Velcro design and supports a quick-release design, which is easy to disassemble and assemble. The wearing experience is soft and comfortable, and it is more breathable than silicone straps.
According to the official statement, this nylon watch strap is woven with tens of thousands of strands of silk thread and will not pill when worn for a long time. It has been developed by Huami for several years. Because of its high cost, it is not currently sold separately. Therefore, I recommend choosing the nylon version, at least there is room for choice.
In terms of health monitoring, Amazfit Balance has a medically certified blood pressure function that is not available in similar watches. It is quite professional in terms of professionalism. No complicated instruments are needed. With just a tap on your wrist, you can know your blood pressure at any time and provide timely personal information. Health makes judgments.
Enter the blood pressure settings to enable continuous blood pressure measurement. However, when using it for the first time, you need to calibrate it with the mobile Zepp APP.
During the calibration process, you need to cooperate with the upper arm medical sphygmomanometer and the watch’s guidance to manually input the measured data into the watch. Repeat three times to complete the calibration process.
After successful calibration, click the “Measure” button in the blood pressure application to start measuring blood pressure manually. The measurement results will be displayed within 30 seconds at the earliest, including systolic blood pressure (high pressure), diastolic blood pressure (low pressure), and heart rate. The blood pressure application will display today’s latest measurement results.
In terms of accuracy, it can be seen that its results are not much different from those of the upper arm medical sphygmomanometer, and the recognition rate is quite accurate.
A similar product, the competing Huawei watch D, can do this, but it uses a micro-airbag strap to achieve more accurate results. However, it can only detect breakpoints and cannot monitor continuously. It is not easy to see the overall trend of blood pressure.
Amazfit Balance uses PPG for monitoring and implementing software algorithms. The advantage is that it can achieve passive monitoring all day long, and you can see the trend of blood pressure changes on the watch. The disadvantage is that it needs to be calibrated frequently with the blood pressure monitor to maintain its accuracy.
With it, it can remind you in time whenever your blood pressure changes. This function is very useful for users who are more sensitive to their health conditions.
Amazfit Balance also has a special function that can monitor body composition. It is also the first watch product in Amazfit history that can measure 8 body compositions including body fat, BMI, muscle, water, protein, basal metabolism, bone mass, and skeletal muscle.
In this process, you need to hold down the physical crown and buttons on the side with your fingers, and you can measure the upper body impedance data, fit the whole body data, and give 8 identity component data.
The new body composition measurement function introduces an extra dimension to health data tracking. Especially for users who want to improve their physical fitness, there is no need for professional instruments or body fat scales, making the testing environment more flexible. They only need to use the watch With just one click on the app, you can see your ingredient data anytime, anywhere.
Of course, because the data is monitored by upper body impedance, it may be different from the body fat scale, but it can still serve as a reference.
Health and exercise
In terms of health monitoring functions, the regular all-weather heart rate and blood oxygen are standard. When abnormalities in these values are recorded, vibration or sound will be initiated to notify the user in time for intervention.
It can also measure the surface temperature of objects and is one of the few products on the market equipped with a thermometer.
In terms of sleep statistics function, Amazfit Balance supports all-weather sleep monitoring and can accurately identify lunch break or night sleep.
After sleeping, you can view sleep data through Amazfit Balance, which can accurately identify REM, light sleep, deep sleep and other stages of sleep, and also let you know how many times you woke up during the period.
It is more necessary to mention the physical and mental readiness. In fact, it can be regarded as an upgraded version of “one-click measurement”. It directly analyzes the human body’s HPV, skin temperature, heart, respiratory testing and other data, and gives a comprehensive score, timed every day Send a comprehensive score of your body to let you know whether you had a good physical rest yesterday, and also recommend you not to stay up late and have a good rest.
In terms of sports functions, Amazfit Balance is also very professional, supporting up to 150+ sports modes, including common sports such as running, cycling, swimming, and yoga, and can also automatically identify 8 sports modes such as walking, indoor walking, and outdoor running.
Its fifth-generation PPG sensor, coupled with peakbeats exercise algorithm, can provide several high-level exercise data, such as maximum oxygen uptake, exercise load, aerobic and anaerobic training effects, and can professionally record and analyze every exercise data. , allowing you to understand and control your body more intuitively.
In addition to these sports modes, Huami has also developed a Zepp sports coach, which can provide weekly exercise plans based on the user’s actual situation, with a high degree of customization.
For example, if today is a rest day, it will let you relax. If it is a training day, it will urge you to exercise in time. Finally, it will give you a very intuitive training progress, which is equivalent to a virtual coach pushing you.
After each exercise is completed, you can check the training effect through the exercise record, which provides aerobic TE, anaerobic TE, exercise compliance and other data.
Combined with dual-frequency GPS and six-star positioning, it can accurately record exercise routes during outdoor sports, as well as distance and average speed.
For the category of watches, conventional blood oxygen, heart rate, and sleep are already standard. How to make the product out of the circle, in addition to hardware cooperation, software algorithms are also crucial.
Therefore, Amazfit jumped me to launch the new category of Balance. It is not actually a regular upgrade of GTR, but has many breakthrough features.
As the first product of the Balance series, it brings many firsts to the Amazfit Yuewo brand: the first blood pressure monitor to pass Class II medical device certification, the first to measure body composition, and the first to be equipped with BioTracker 5.0 biological tracking optics sensor, the first screen brightness up to 1500 nits, and many other features.
It can be said that Amazfit Balance is the watch with the most comprehensive health monitoring functions in the same price range. After all, blood pressure, thermometer, body composition, and a 1500 nit screen. Taken alone, these features can be regarded as contemporary flagship products. .
But Amazfit Balance did not do this. It is not an exaggeration to say that it has squeezed out the toothpaste. It is no wonder that Amazfit jumped over me and turned it into a brand new series.
It is also quite comprehensive in terms of sports. Dual-frequency GPS and six-star positioning can accurately record sports routes, and it also has a highly customizable Zepp sports coach, making it even more practical.
In terms of battery life, with all functions turned on and the screen always on during the period, the author’s actual measurement only consumes 20% of the power in a day.
In other words, it fully achieves the advertised performance of 7 days of heavy use and 13 days of daily use.
Considering its price of 1,799 yuan, the experience is quite comprehensive, and it is very capable at the same price. It also makes me curious about what kind of surprises it will bring in the next generation.
If you prefer a high-looking square watch, it also has Amazfit Active to choose from. It also has physical and mental readiness, all-weather heart rate and blood oxygen detection, five-star positioning system, Zepp sports coaching and other functions. The price of 899 yuan is also very worth it. consider.