The Haylou brand does not stand in one place and just recently introduced an updated version of a smartwatch called Haylou RT or codenamed Haylou LS05S.
The new generation of smartwatches has become an updated version of the popular Haylou Solar LS05 model. As the manufacturer assures, the RT version received a slightly modified design and added an order of magnitude more functions. But I will definitely check all aspects and find out the main advantages and disadvantages of the updated version of the smartwatch.
In terms of cost, the current price tag for the Haylou RT LS05S is $39. If you compare the cost with the previous generation, now the Haylou Solar smartwatch will cost you only $30. That is, the price tag differs quite significantly in percentage terms.
Therefore, before talking about build quality and design, let me go through the main features of the Haylou RT smartwatch. For example, the screen size remained the same – it is 1.28 inches, and the number of sports training remained the same.
In addition, both models of smartwatches have identical protection against water under the IP68 standard. I was a little surprised that the new generation has reduced the capacity of the built-in battery from 340 mAh to 300 mAh.
That is, according to some technical characteristics, the new generation of Haylou RT smart watches looks worse than the previous version of the device. But I will not rush to draw conclusions and propose to start my in-depth and detailed review.
Haylou RT LS05S: Specifications
|Haylou RT LS05S:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.28 inch TFT screen with 240 x 240 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|IP standart:||IP68 waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 14 days|
|Size:||45.5 x 51.15 x 12.4 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
Haylou produces the same packaging for most of its products. Therefore, it is not surprising that the packaging of the RT smartwatch is reminiscent of the past generation of smartwatches. It is a small square package that is white and has blue side edges.
The front of the package received a picture of a smartwatch with the designation of the company name and model. The back side received a list of the main features and main technical characteristics, both in Chinese and in English.
Inside the package, I found, directly, the watch itself with a silicone strap. Also included is a two-pin magnetic charging cable with instructions for use. In general, I liked the package bundle, but I did not find anything superfluous here and it is completely identical to its predecessors.
Design, build quality and materials
Comparing both models of smart watches Haylou RT and Haylou Solar, which are very similar to each other. Although I also cannot call the new generation an exact copy.
For example, the RT version also received a round screen like its predecessor. But only the bezel in the new generation of watches has an interesting stamping. But the last generation Solar had a sleek metal rim.
According to the materials used, the Haylou RT watch received a similar design as the previous generation. The bezel itself around the screen is made of an alloy of metals, just like the mechanical buttons. In this case, the back of the device is already made of matte plastic.
As for the build quality, I had no strong comments. Since the device combines well plastic and metal. In addition, during my testing, the watch did not emit extraneous squeaks and sounds.
Yes, maybe the watch has full protection against water under the IP68 standard. But exactly the same protection was on the last generation of Solar. Therefore, in the new model, I would like to get protection for 5ATM.
The front side received an identical screen size – 1.28 inches with a TFT matrix. In addition, the display resolution remains the same as 240 x 240 pixels. I believe that the screens on the Haylou RT and Haylou Solar models are absolutely identical. But I can’t say anything negative about these screens. They are quite high quality and also have a good supply of brightness, contrast and color reproduction.
The main distinguishing features of the new generation Haylou RT received on the right side. Here you can see two mechanical control buttons. Where the top button performs the function of turning on or going backward, and the bottom button gives quick access to sports training. Let me remind you that there was only one button on the Haylou Solar version.
Meanwhile, on the back, you can find charging contacts and a heart rate sensor. In general, there is nothing unique here and everything is located in its place. You may also notice that the strap is removable with a width of 22 mm. Therefore, if necessary, you can order or buy any other version of the strap, depending on your taste and preferences.
Out of the box, the strap is made of silicone material. It is very soft and pleasant to the touch. Even while playing sports, when my hands were sweating a lot, wearing the smartwatch did not cause chafing or irritation on my skin.
The last thing I want to talk about in this section is the weight and dimensions of the new generation of smartwatches. The Haylou RT model measures 45.5 x 51.15 x 12.4 mm and weighs 49.8 grams. Let me remind you that the last generation of Haylou Solar had dimensions of 45.3 x 51 x 11.4 mm and weighed about 54 grams.
Based on this, I can conclude that if the dimensions remained almost identical, but the thickness increased slightly. Although the weight has become a bit lighter, this is most likely due to the reduced battery capacity.
Functions, features and connection of the application
Like most other smartwatch models, the new Haylou RT LS05S watch needs to be paired with a mobile app. The first time you turn on the device, it will show you a QR code to download an app called Haylou Fun. This application is available for both iOS and Android devices.
The very process of pairing with a smartphone did not take me more than 5 minutes. After that, I could easily use all the provided functions from Haylou.
Okay, let’s talk about the home screen first. I liked the dial that originally came with the package. It received a large amount of useful and at other times necessary information. For example, you can monitor the remaining battery level, date, day of the week, time, weather, calories, steps and distance.
If you hold a few seconds on the main screen of the watch, then you will get to the section of different styles of dials. I found about 6 watch faces, but the number doesn’t stop there. Through the settings of the Haylou Fun mobile application, you can additionally download and install other types of watch faces.
If you swipe down from the main screen of the Haylou RT watch, you will see the quick settings menu. At the top of the screen, there is information about the time, date, day of the week and battery level. In the central part, there are icons such as find a smartphone, adjust the screen brightness level, do not disturb mode and settings.
When you swipe left or right, you can find some nice widgets. For example, this is the restoration of breathing, weather, sleep, heart rate and activity in one day.
Well, to get to the main menu with all the functions, you need to swipe up from the main screen. Here I found sections such as status, heart rate, sport modes, weather, sleep, notifications, music player, more and settings. In the more section, you can additionally find functions such as a stopwatch, a timer, find a smartphone and breathing training.
If you look at the settings, here you will find sections such as watch faces, brightness level, information, shutdown and reboot.
Okay, now let’s talk about some of the features in more detail. I found 12 sports modes, but I want to point out that the past generation of smartwatches also had 12 training modes.
Other than that, I found no other additional features. It was very strange for me to see a completely identical user interface and no additional features. That is, I would like to see features such as SpO2 analysis of blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, stress, and much more in a new generation of smartwatches.
Yes, I understand that the cost of a smartwatch does not even exceed $ 40. But why should a user buy a new generation of watches if the previous version of Haylou Solar watches has completely identical functionality.
Now let me tell you a few words about the Haylou Fun app itself. I liked the user interface of the application, but I cannot highlight it with any special features. Here you will be able to analyze information about steps, distance, heart rate and your sleep.
In addition, I found only 12 additional watch faces in the settings. So I hope there will be more watch faces with updates. Also in the application settings, you can activate or deactivate the application from which you will receive notifications.
Battery and run time
A 300 mAh battery was installed in the case of the new Haylou RT LS05S smartwatch. If you remember, the last generation had a 340 mAh battery.
The manufacturer guarantees identical battery life on both models of smartwatches. Although I do not think it will be so in reality. Look, the wireless connection remains the same – this is the Bluetooth 5.0 version, the screen size and the number of functions was not touched.
Therefore, I assume that the Haylou RT watch can work up to 10 days with active use. But charging will take you no more than 1.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After several days of active use of the new generation of Haylou RT LS05S smartwatches, I was left under quite positive emotions.
I especially liked the watch – it is the build quality and the materials used. Indeed, the watch not only looked interesting, but also sat on the wrist quite well.
I also liked the high-quality and bright screen, the detachable strap, and even the user interface. The latter worked very quickly and efficiently.
But there are also disadvantages and I can attribute to them – these are completely similar technical characteristics and functionality, as on the last generation of Haylou Solar. In addition, the battery capacity has been reduced compared to the previous version.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, the cost for the updated model of the Haylou RT LS05S smartwatch is $39.99. At the same time, a similar watch in terms of its Haylou Solar functionality will cost you only $29.82.
Thus, I see no point in a new generation of smartwatches. Since the previous version has exactly the same functionality, only a slightly modified design.