Zeblaze company has not pleased me with new models of smartwatches for a long time. Just a week ago, the manufacturer introduced an updated version of the classic fitness watch called Zeblaze NEO 2.
I previously tested the Zeblaze NEO model, so I will compare both models and tell you what major improvements the new smartwatch received.
I was also a little surprised at the Zeblaze NEO 2 price tag, which was about $40. If you look at the previous generation, it will cost $5 more. Therefore, I do not understand what is the reason for this.
Let’s go through the main features of smartwatches. NEO 2 received a 1.3-inch touch IPS screen, an updated design, Realtek 8762C chipset, but the battery capacity of 180 mAh remained the same as on its predecessor.
In general, the technical specification like on the last year’s model, but let’s find out how the new fitness watches showed themselves in practice.
Zeblaze NEO 2: Specifications
|Zeblaze NEO 2:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.3 inch IPS screen with 240 by 240 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|IP standart:||IP67 waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 5 days|
|Size:||230 x 48.5 x 13.8mm|
The box of the new Zeblaze NEO 2 is very similar to all Zeblaze fitness watch models.
This is a small gray box, where on the front part, there is a designation of the name of the model and company and a picture of the watch. On the back of the box, there is a list of basic technical specifications.
Inside the box, I found this watch itself with a black leather strap with red stitching. A protective transport film is glued on the screen, which must be removed before use.
Also in a separate black box lay a charging push-pull magnetic adapter and instructions for use.
The package bundle is very typical for most budget models of fitness watches, but the quality of the materials is at a fairly high level.
If you compare the appearance of the first and second generation, you can find that the Zeblaze NEO 2 looks very similar to their predecessors. For example, the same round dial with a size of 48.5 mm is used.
There is also a small frame around the screen, but with a prominent red stripe.
The screen size remains the same – it is a 1.3-inch IPS touch screen with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. The screen quality is pretty good, but I did not notice a strong improvement with the first generation.
In addition, in sunny weather, you can easily read information from the screen. The viewing angles are good and the contrast is at a good level.
Well, if the screen remains the same, the main change was the metal case, both on the front and on the back surface. Even the buttons are made of metal alloy.
Due to the metal case, the NEO 2 fitness watch gained weight – 76 grams, and when compared with the first generation, which was about 56 grams.
Previously, there was only one control button. Now, for convenience, the manufacturer has installed two mechanical buttons. The upper one is power, and the lower one is back. These buttons are pressed with good responsiveness and do not have any drawbacks.
The back panel received a heart rate sensor, a magnetic connection for charging and some designations. For example, the model name, made in China and the water protection standard is IP67.
The previous generation Zeblaze NEO also had protection under the IP67 standard. This is not complete protection against water, so you can’t swim in the pool or take a shower.
A little about the strap, the manufacturer offers two options for the strap – it is in black and brown. I ordered a black color since I had brown on the previous NEO model.
The manufacturer also claims that the strap is made of Italian Vacchetta leather. But the straps of the two models are not interchangeable. Since the first generation Zeblaze NEO had a width of 22 mm, and the new Zeblaze NEO 2 – 24 mm.
It is also worth mentioning that the straps are removable and can be replaced with any other option with a suitable width.
In general, the appearance of the new generation Zeblaze NEO 2 has become a little bigger and heavier. But the quality of the materials and the assembly did not fail this time, I have no complaints.
The new Zeblaze NEO 2 smart fitness watch has received some changes for the better. For example, now a wireless connection is used – Bluetooth with version 5.0.
But expect other features, such as Wifi Internet connection, GPS sensor is not worth it. These are budget smartwatches that do not differ much from fitness bracelets, except for the presence of a large readable screen.
The main screen of NEO 2 shows quite wide possibilities – it is a heart rate, battery level, steps, time, day of the week and date. Only four different dial designs are available in settings.
If you swipe from top to bottom, you will get to the quick settings menu. Here you can find – this is a QR code for installing the application, brightness adjustment, do not disturb mode and basic settings.
In the main settings menu, there is a theme where you can select various watch faces, automatically turn off the screen and the system.
If you swipe from right to left, you will be taken to the daily activity menu, for example, steps, calories, and distance. If you swipe again, you can see the presence of a heart rhythm function.
If you swipe down below you will get to the main function menu. It is present here – it is status, heart rate, sports modes, sleep analysis, stopwatch, and notifications.
In general, the features are very reminiscent of the past generation, but let’s install the FFit mobile application and talk about the main changes.
I want to remind you that the previous generation worked under a different version of the application, so the external interface will be different.
After pairing with the FFit mobile application, each user will have access to information about activities, for example, steps are taken, sleep, calories, and distance.
Also, the application offers to select a list of notifications that you want to receive from your smartphone.
But the most important improvement was the function of installing additional watch faces on smartwatches. Here you can see more than 20 different dials and the appearance of a new update, the number of watch faces can become even larger.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the new Zeblaze NEO 2 fitness watch received a similar battery capacity – this is 180 mAh.
Therefore, the battery life on both models remains the same – it is up to 5 days of work at one charge level. Despite this, the battery life is pretty good, as for budget smartwatches.
The charging time through a magnetic docking station will be about 2 hours.
Conclusion and Reviews
Zeblaze NEO 2 is an updated smart fitness watch that very much resembles the past generation.
If you already have Zeblaze NEO, then I do not see the point in buying a new watch. But if you are looking for a new sports watch with a low price tag, then the Zeblaze NEO 2 model would be a good choice.
The smartwatches are distinguished by a bright IPS touch screen, good functionality of options, the presence of additional dials and good battery life.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now you can buy a new Zeblaze NEO 2 smartwatch at a low price – for $40.99 with a 49% discount.
Definitely, the new generation of fitness watches deserves their attention, even considering the low cost.