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Huami announces Zepp Z flagship smartwatch with Amazon Alexa; ECG version to come later

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Huami announced the Zepp Z smartwatch today. The new smartwatch is its second smartwatch under the Zepp brand (third if you count the variants of the Zepp E as separate watches). The new smartwatch features a premium design and can be termed a high-end version of the Amazfit GTR 2.

Zepp Z

The Zepp Z features a titanium alloy frame. This is the same material used for the buttons and the clasp. Huami says that for the finish, the frame is polished 5 times longer than other smartwatches which cost 4 times more. Attached to the watch dial are 22mm leather straps, to complete its classic look.

The Zepp Z has a 1.39-inch AMOLED with a 454 x 454 resolution that draws power from a 340mAh battery. Users will be able to choose from up to 50 watch faces using the Zepp app. Don’t like any of the watch faces? You can also upload your own photo for use.

The watch packs a lot of sensors including a SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen saturation detection; a 24-hour heart rate monitor; a geomagnetic sensor; a gyroscope; a barometer; an accelerometer; and an ambient light sensor.

Zepp Z health key

There are three buttons on the watch. The top button is called the health button and can be customized to provide quick access to measure heart rate, SpO2 level, or stress level. Huami says an OTA update will activate this feature which makes us wonder if the button will be useless out of the box.

The Classic Crown is used for navigating the watch. Users can turn to scroll through the menu and press it down to select an option. A built-in linear motor provides haptic feedback, and it can be customized as deemed fit by the user.

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Just like the Amazfir GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2, this new Zepp watch also has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Users will be able to call on the assistant using the built-in microphone to set reminders, ask questions about the weather, and control compatible smart home devices. The feature will not be available right out of the box but be made available via an OTA update. There is also an offline assistant that supports up to 58 voice commands.

The Zepp Z has GPS and GLONASS, is water-resistant up to 5ATM, and can track a total of 12 professional sports modes. There is the PAI health assessment system too.

The watch has a battery life of up to 15 days for typical usage but it goes up to 30 days in basic usage. It connects via Bluetooth 5.0 and works with devices running Android 5.0 and up and iOS 10.0 and above.

The Zepp Z will be sold for $349 and will go on sale later this month in the US and Europe. It will be available for purchase on the Zepp site and on Amazon. Huami says there will be an ECG version in the future once approval is gotten from the regulatory bodies.

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