Today I had one of the most interesting smartwatch models in my review, which was called Meizu Watch. What can you expect from this smartwatch model? Let’s find out all the details about the device in the review below.
Previously, Meizu was a fairly popular brand in the production of various smartphone models. But something went wrong and the company was ousted by larger manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Huawei. Therefore, it decided to take a slightly different path and began to produce products for wireless earbuds and smartwatches.
The official cost for the new model of the flagship smartwatch was CNY 1,500, or about $235. This is already a big price tag for smartwatches. But some Chinese shops, that is, resellers, sell watches even more expensive for $280. That is why this smartwatch model will not be very popular in wide circles, since the price tag for its purchase was very high.
But let’s see what the manufacturer asks for a rather large sum of money. The Meizu Watch is distinguished by features such as a square 1.78 inch AMOLED screen. In addition, the device received a built-in Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor with support for Bluetooth 4.2, eSIM and even a Wi-Fi module.
The watch also has a good 420 mAh battery with fast charging capability. Therefore, from these features, I can conclude that the smartwatch received pretty good features and functions. But I still have the main question, how will each function work adequately in real life? Thus, I propose to start my in-depth and detailed test of this smartwatch model from Meizu.
Meizu Watch: Specifications
|Screen:||1.78 inch AMOLED screen with 368 by 448 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|Connection:||Wi-Fi, eSIM, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth 4.2|
|Standby time:||up to 2 days|
|Size:||46 x 38.4 x 12.9 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
A rather dense black package came to me for the test, which, by the way, was well-packed by the seller. Therefore, the box itself was undamaged and looked great. On the front of the package, I found a drawing of a watch with the name of the model and brand. At the same time, on the back of the box, there was a sticker with some peculiarities about the company.
Inside the package, I found the case of the smartwatch itself, which was protected in a shipping film. Also in a separate box was a removable silicone strap. Naturally, there was a magnetic docking station with a charging cable.
Considering its cost, the package of smartwatches from the Meizu brand really looked good. Okay, now let’s talk about design features and other interesting things in terms of the appearance of the device.
Design, build quality and materials
The new model of smartwatches Meizu Watch has received a very similar design to the popular watches from the Apple brand. They received the exact same square dial, but only the model from Meizu lacked a crown and the watch was slightly larger in size than the Apple Watch. For example, the dimensions of the device were 46 x 38.4 x 12.9 mm and they weighed about 69 grams, taking into account the weight of the strap.
On the wrist of my hand, the Meizu Watch smartwatch sat very well. At the same time, I did not really feel the weight of the device and could wear them all day without taking off. Therefore, in terms of convenience, you will definitely not have any special problems.
In addition, I liked the watch because it was made of brushed aluminum alloy. But the front of the device had a protective glass with a 2.5D rounding. If you look at the back of the watch, you can see the presence of glossy plastic.
The workmanship was very good, all the components were perfectly matched to each other. In addition, I did not find extraneous squeaks and noises during my testing. But of the minuses, I can single out that the manufacturer Meizu does not indicate information about any protection against water. Therefore, using the device in a humid environment will not be particularly safe.
The right side of the watch received one single power button and a microphone hole. But on the opposite side, there is a speaker for music and conversations. The back of the watch received a four-pin magnetic connection with a heart rate sensor.
On the front of the smartwatch, Meizu Watch has a fairly high-quality 1.78-inch screen with an AMOLED matrix. In real life, the transmitted colors were quite saturated, contrasting and had good viewing angles. In this case, the maximum brightness value was 500 nits. Therefore, using the watch outdoors was not very comfortable, since the screen picture was a little dim.
Now let’s talk about the silicone strap. It has an interesting connection to the body of the smartwatch, which very much resembles a connection, like a watch from Apple. That is, the strap can be easily removed and installed, but you will not be able to buy an additional strap at a local store. Therefore, you will have to purchase separate straps from China.
It is also worth noting that the Meizu Watch comes in black and kayan colors. The last option is a color between green and blue. Initially, I ordered exactly the kayan color, but then the seller said that it was out of stock.
Thus, I am currently testing the black version of the watch. Ok, now I propose to talk about the main functions and features of the new smartwatch model from the Meizu brand.
Performance, features and mobile app
The first turning on of the Meizu Watch is accompanied with its settings, as on most mobile wearable devices. On the main screen of the watch, there is a QR code through which you need to install the mobile application on your smartphone. In addition, the mobile application is only available for Android devices and this is a bit strange, since there is no mobile application for iOS yet.
After successful activation of smartwatches from Meizu, you will be able to fully use all the functions that the manufacturer offers. But before talking about the features and control modes, I want to share a little information about the technical specs of the device.
The Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset is responsible for the performance of all processes. This is a 12 nanometer processor with four Cortex-A53 cores. At the same time, the user interface was built on the basis of Wear OS and was named by Meizu calls Flyme. In addition, inside the smartwatch, I found 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory.
If you look at the wireless features, then there is Wi-Fi with 2.4 GHz frequency, Bluetooth 4.2 version, an NFC module with support for LTE networks using eSIM technology. At the same time, I had no problems with the work of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, but the other features did not work for me.
Since my watch was created for the Chinese market and there is no global firmware here, you can forget about such functions as contactless payment and eSIM. I was even surprised that the eSIM function did not work in my country. Therefore, I could not answer the calls that came to me. It’s a bit weird considering the cost of a smartwatch, isn’t it?
Ok, now let’s talk about the control features and the main functions of the watch from Meizu. The home screen of a smartwatch is a fairly extensive list of different watch face styles. Also, through the mobile application, you can install many other types of dials, and it is even possible to set your own picture or photo.
If you swipe up from the home screen, you can see the quick settings menu. Although this swipe is not very familiar to me, since on most smartwatches it is done by swiping down, not up. Here I found a large number of interesting icons – these are Wi-Fi, LTE, airplane mode, do not disturb and silent mode. Also here I found other useful features such as power saving mode, vibration mode and adjusting the brightness level of the screen.
To enter the main menu with all the functions of the Meizu Watch smartwatch, you need to press the single button on the right end once. I found many different icons here. These include weather, music player, calendar, stopwatch, timer, sports training, alarm clock, heart rate, blood oxygen level SpO2 and many other applications.
Since this watch was made for the Chinese market, there is a larger list of Chinese apps here. Yes, maybe in China these applications are in demand, but not in Western countries, including my camp, as well. Therefore, it proves once again that this model of Meizu Watch is not suitable for people who live outside of China.
If we talk about sports modes, then the model from Meizu uses 13 sports modes. In addition, the device received a built-in GPS module. This means that the accuracy of measuring steps and distance traveled will be accurate during sports training. Of the minuses, I can highlight the lack of a swimming regime. This proves once again that the watch most likely does not support any protection against water.
I can also note that I had no problems with the Bluetooth connection. That is, in a music player, I could easily connect wireless earbuds to the watch and listen to music through the device itself, respectively. This is a useful feature, especially when playing sports with TWS earbuds. And on 8 GB of internal memory, you can record a fairly large amount of different music.
Now let’s talk in more detail about the mobile app called Wear App. The main menu of the program displays a lot of useful information. For example, these are steps taken, distance, calories, heart rate, sleep, and more. In the next tab – fitness, you can monitor the information of your activity.
Another tab offers the installation and selection of interesting watch faces. And the last tab contains the main settings. These are eSIM management, setting up notifications through a mobile device, health and sports settings, Meizu Pay and other features.
Battery and run time
Inside the case of the Meizu Watch smartwatch, there is a built-in 420 mAh battery. According to the manufacturer, the device is capable of working 36 hours on a full battery charge.
Of course, the battery life will depend on the usage and load of the watch. But in my case, the watch worked for a full two days. This is not as bad as it is for modern smartwatches.
On the other hand, the device has received a fast charging function and in 15 minutes you can get about 30% of the charge. This capacity will be enough for you for a little more than half a day of battery life.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After my full review, you definitely won’t get this smartwatch model from Meizu.
I cannot say that the watch from the Meizu brand turned out to be terrible. On the contrary, they have good functions and features in their performance. I especially liked the user interface, how it worked smoothly.
But the main drawback of the Meizu Watch smartwatch model is its Chinese version of the firmware. Therefore, many functions will not work outside of China. I can refer to them – this is the NFC and eSIM module, that is, you will not be able to pay through the watch and receive or call through a wearable device.
To other points, I can refer – this is a fairly high-quality and bright AMOLED screen with a large number of different watch faces. I also liked the work of the sensor of the heart rate scanner and SpO2. But I did not find information about protection against water, and I did not check it on my version of the watch, since I did not want to damage it.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, the price tag for the Meizu Watch smartwatch was quite high at $278.99 with a 50% discount.
As you can understand from my conclusions, I cannot recommend a smartwatch model from the Meizu brand. Since the price is very high and there is no global version of the firmware on sale yet.