Lenovo is gaining momentum. It’s a leading laptop maker that is popular around the globe. But it is focusing on other niches as well. Say, it has started making competitive smartphones. The Lenovo Z5 is going to be the world’s most innovative handset. Plus, it has already launched a hybrid smartwatch that comes with an appearance of a traditional watch but supports many ‘intelligent’ features seen on the regular smartwatches. What’s more interesting, the Lenovo Watch 9 costs 129 yuan only, which is common for smartbands. So it turns out you can get your hands on a traditional watch coming our way from a top brand. But it will also provide all the ‘smart’ data you can get from smartwatches.
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Lenovo Watch 9 Unboxing and Design Review
It comes in a simple packaging. On the top, the box carries the brand logo on the upper left corner, while the product name is printed in the center part.
As usual, on the opposite side, we can find information concerning the watch as well as the manufacturer.
Once the box is opened, we can see the product itself with a user manual on the top.
The watch is placed tightly. So no reason to worry about damages when shipping.
On the back side of the manual, we can see a QR code. As we are dealing with a smartwatch, it’s reasonable to guess the Lenovo Watch 9 should be paired with a phone. Thus, this code can be used to quickly find the corresponding app and install it. Actually, without this app, you wouldn’t be able to use its smartwatch functions.
Like a top branded product, it has two plastic protective films on the dial as well as on the back.
After tearing off the protective film, we can see and touch the beauty of the dial, which is made of the sapphire mirror glass. It has a good light transmission. The hardness reaches up to 9H.
The diameter of the dial is 40mm. The chassis is made of stainless steel. So its black color is painted. The watch has a small dot on the 12 o’clock scale. It is the LED indicator light. The number of blinks refers to the Bluetooth connection.
If you know Chinese, everything is explained in the manual. Haha, just kidding.
The side thickness of the smartwatch is 11.2mm.
The button on the side is a regular function button only.
The overall thickness of the Lenovo Watch 9 is a little thicker than the regular mechanical watch. It’s related to the fact there is a battery inside.
The strap of the watch is made of silicone material. Its main advantage is that it is skin-friendly, while the disadvantage is that it is too easy to get rid of gray. The strap has depressed dot decoration.
The inner side of the silicone strap is fine bump particles, which play a non-slip effect.
The opposite of the dial has a recessed design to facilitate battery replacement in the future.
Of course, you can adjust the tightness of the strap according to your wrist size.
Silicone straps are soft and the actual wear experience is also comfortable.
The Lenovo Watch 9 uses a simple pin buckle design.
Agree it’s not as thick as you may think.
Lenovo Watch 9 Performance
Like the experience with other smartwatches, when you download and install the app, at the first launch, you are prompted to set the nickname and fill some information concerning your gender, birthday, height, weight, etc.
Once the setting is completed, we can see the main interface of the app. It is divided into four areas. The superior one shows the number of steps and the sleep monitoring option. Down to it, we can see the remote camera, alarm, and heart rate options. Down to it, there is a connection status.
The remote camera function comes with a software bug. The camera image is always blurred. The alarm clock can be set in 3 groups, and there is a function to estimate the heart rate.
The principle of heart rate estimation of the Lenovo Watch 9 is that when the heart beats, the blood flowing through the wrist will increase. So the light source that absorbs will also increase. During the heartbeat interval, the blood flowing through the wrist will be reduced, and the light source absorbed will also be reduced.
A reminder can be set in the setting interface of the smartwatch. The prompts for incoming calls and short messages can also be set according to personal preferences. There is also a do-not-disturb mode. When there is a new prompt, the watch will feedback in the form of vibration.
The hour and minute hands of the smartwatch have a luminous coating, and the current time can be easily viewed at night.
Obviously, the Lenovo Watch 9 has been designed to compete with the Garmin Vivomove models. But our protagonist costs way less. I this sense, the company has come in with an interesting model that should be attractive for those who like the traditional watches but want some features from smartwatches as well. However, there should be done many improvements in the software.