New smartwatch has ECG and heart rate monitor for a fraction of the Apple Watch's price

New smartwatch has ECG and heart rate monitor for a fraction of the Apple Watch's price
The breakout feature on the Apple Watch series 4 has been the timepiece's electrocardiogram (ECG), monitor. This looks for abnormal heart rhythms and can help detect atrial fibrillation (AFib); this condition can lead to blood clots, strokes and can be fatal. The monitor on the Apple Watch has already been credited with saving some lives as has the heart rate monitor on the wearable.

Today, Huami, the company that produces the Mi Band for Xiaomi, unveiled a smartwatch (via GizChina) that has the same heart monitoring features as the latest Apple Watch for a fraction of the price. The Amazfit Verge2 features both an ECG and heart rate monitor, and ECG data can be stored on the watch for seven days. The device also carries an eSIM, a chip that is embedded inside the timepiece that allows the watch to connect with all Chinese carriers. This means that the device can be used to make or take calls. It also uses its GPS feature to automatically track 10 sports including running, walking, indoor running, indoor riding, elliptical, mountaineering, outdoor riding, football, skipping and trail running.

We should point out that it isn't known how accurate the ECG monitor is on the Amazfit Verge2 since it has not received FDA certification. The ECG monitor on the Apple Watch series 4 has been cleared by the FDA, which of course is a U.S. regulatory agency.

While it isn't clear whether the global version of the watch offers the eSIM support, the Verge2 is equipped with narrowband network technology. This will allow you to report an emergency without having to pair the device to a smartphone. Those in China can use the wearable to connect with Alipay's offline mobile payment service.


The Amazfit Verge2 comes with a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 454 x 454. It is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 2500 chip and features 512MB of memory and 4GB of eMMC storage. The 420mAh battery keeps the watch running for up to 28 hours and supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi connectivity. With an IP68 rating, the device is dust resistant and can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes. The watch will sync with an iOS (10.0 or higher) and Android (4.4 or higher) phone.

The Amazfit Verge2 can be pre-ordered now from TMALL; there is an Avengers limited edition that features a special watch band and watchfaces that will set you back $216. The model with ECG support and 4G LTE connectivity is priced at $187 and includes a hybrid leather and silicone strap. The standard edition, without the ECG tracking, is priced at $144 with a silicone strap.

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7 Comments

1. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

No one needs cheap Chinese crap

3. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

And how exactly you know that? :)) Not everyone wants a closed ecosystem or to buy overpriced devices. Sure there is a market for the watch. More options for consumers. Nothing in the article about what OS is running.

2. Neoberry99

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Well said

4. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android can’t reversed engineered the apple watch features. They can include this feature illegally. But I want apple to make faster global release. Canada’s next.

5. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

who said is running Android ? I don't see it in the article. And why they would need to reverse engineer the ECG feature, is a component for which they provide software!? Why would that be illegal?? :)))

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Did Apple invent the ECG? No they did not. Were they the first to incorporate it into a wearable? No they were not. So what about anyone else providing this feature is illegal? Nothing at all.

7. yayamii

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 12, 2019

Did Apple invite watch? Did they invite even electronic watch? Or smart watch? Are they illegally making and selling watches then?

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