XiaomiToday reviews Top 10 Cheap Smartwatches that are pocket-friendly and also lesser than $50. The humans have adapted from bulky desktop computers to handy laptops. Smartphones took over our lives, and now trendy wearables own the market. [Updated 2019]
Read about few of them in case you are planning to buy one or even if you aren’t!
Our Pick: Top 10 Cheap Chinese Smartwatches (No Specific Order) [Updated 2019]
1) Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Smartband
Xiaomi is a company known for their products that are available at cheaper rates with pricy specs. This trend is also seen in the Xiaomi Mi Band 3. The Mi Band 3 is the only non-smartwatch to feature in this list due to the enormous features it offers even while still being a “SMARTBAND”.
Used as a tracking sensor, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is more than a smartband. It lets users accept and reject calls. The Mi Band 3, just like its counterparts is made of silicone and is comfortable enough for long runs and doesn’t give rise to any irritation. The Mi Band 3 is a lovely device with all the power to sit among a list of the top smartwatches.
Talking about the battery life, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 performs lower than its previous year’s Xiaomi Mi Band 2. These smart-bands by Xiaomi are majorly known for their battery life. With the help of the monochrome display and considering that all the notifications and calorie counter features being switched off, the device lasted up-to 16 Days of use. Considering the price-tag, 16 Days is still impressive.
- All the sensors generate accurate data.
- Good Battery Life
- Excellent Monochrome display
- Screen feels too small at times
XiaomiToday rating: 8.5/10
Cost: $29.99 (International Version)
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2) Alfawise S2 Smart Watch
Known for providing spectacular build quality at cheaper prices, Alfawise dabbles in many sectors and can be called the jack of all trades. The Alfawise S2 Smartwatch is their insertion into the smartwatch market of extreme budget league.
With an elegant design that has the dimensions suitable for comforting wear, the Alfawise S2 Smartwatch is light on the hand. Meant to cause no discomfort, it has a look that blends elegance and class. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection on the screen and an IP67 rating, making it waterproof. More than just the looks, it packs in the power also. The S2 has a battery that lies on standby for 30 days at only two hours of charging.
Having all the tracking features of a smartband, the Alfawise S2 Smartwatch keeps an eye on the number of steps, heart-rate, oxygen levels in the blood, calories and a few more stats. All these are synced to your phone with the installation of an application.
- Elegant design with IP67 rating and Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- Syncing of all trackers are done continously to the phone for easy checking
- Battery backup is a bit inconsistent
XiaomiToday rating: 8.3/10
Currently you can purchase the Alfawise S2 Smartwatch for just $28.57. This particular smartwatch is all about design and looks.
3) Q9 Waterproof Smartwatch
While there are many companies that release knockoffs copying designs from Apple in the cases of AirPods and MacBook, the Q9 is a smartwatch that has taken that trend to the smartwatch market. The Q9 Smartwatch adopts a lot of features, but cuts a thing short in that to adhere to the cheap price bracket it is a part of.
While many smartwatches come in an LCD display, the Q9 goes old school with a TFT screen. Such tiny switches for tech that is considered a bit outdated today is how the Q9 Smartwatch cuts costs. While they are considered outdated, the Q9 manages to keep them in a presentable manner without giving the customers a feeling of missing out on something.
The Q9 Smartwatch notifies the users of calls, messages and other important reminders that pop up on the phone. It also reminds the user to drink water and other such tasks can be set. The Q9 also has all the basic trackers like a heartbeat sensor, pedometer, sleep monitor among others that are frequently seen in the present batch of smartwatches today. Apart from all these functionalities, the Q9 is one of the few waterproof smartwatches seen today. If not among few, it is the best waterproof smartwatch available in such a cheap price bracket.
Cutting costs by employing lighter pieces of tech hasn’t just lowered the Q9’s price, but also the battery consumption. The battery stays good enough for 3 long days on just a single charge. This charge also doesn’t take a long time. It can be done in 2 hours. Apart from the battery staying awake for 3 days on usage, it stays awake for a standby time of 15 days.
- Rich colours on a TFT screen
- 3 days of battery in a single charge
- No SIM card facility
XiaomiToday rating: 7.9/10
TFT Display & Continuous Heart rate monitor for just $24.99.
4) U8 Smartwatch
A different smart band from other smart bands out there. It looks like an analog watch but isn’t. For one thing, it got that old Chinese music when booting up and shutting down. The rectangle shaped display of the U8 Smartwatch has a cool metallic look. On the right-hand side, we have the power button. The left-hand side we have a speaker, a mini USB port, and a microphone.
A battery is present on the back side. On normal usage, the band can be used for 3-4 days maximum. The screen is almost smartphone-like meaning that it has three buttons which are Menu, Volume and Back button.The display has battery icon, time icons, and app icons. You can read messages but not write ‘em. There are options such as Barometer, Altimeter, Pedometer, and Stopwatch. The strap of the smart band does not feel very strong.
A companion app is connected with Bluetooth 4.0. The app is available on Appstore. The app is not very much of use if the smart band can be used efficiently. Different modes include a Sleep mode and a Sports mode. It also has a music function so that you can play songs and control the settings like volume. There is a calling feature. One feature that makes it very different. Though the call quality is not a very good one, it’s okay for short and quick calls.
- Lot of features for cheap price
- Touch Screen
- Doesn’t offer a trendy feel
XiaomiToday rating: 7.5/10
5) Zeblaze VIBE 3 Smart Watch Android iOS Compatibility
Zeblaze is yet another name when we talk about different tech products. Zeblaze is also a manufacturer of smartwatches. It’s VIBE 3 is something to talk about. It not purely designed for sports but for day-to-day life activities too.
With a 1.24-inch FATN full screen, a round dial displays time and other data. A 316L stainless steel rimmed dial is strong for all your outdoor activities. With a waterproof grade IP67, the smartwatch is water resistant. A gravity sensor is something new in this brand. Weighing 78 grams, it has an 8mm narrow edge. The remote control function that controls a remote camera is also a function present on Zeblaze Vibe 3. A message reminder and phone call reminder are present. In health stats, a pedometer is available. With a Battery Capacity of 610mAh, it can standby for 990 days (about 33 months). The type of battery is CR2450 Button Battery.
There are multiple languages supported by Zeblaze: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish. When unboxed, package contents are one SmartWatch, one English User Manual, and a screwdriver. This also means you need to buy a USB charging cable separately. Colors available on Gearbest are black, blue, wine red.
- Amazing battery life of 33 months!
- Super Robust Design
- Stylish Design
- No GPS
- No Charging cable in the box
XiaomiToday rating: 7.3/10
6) NO.1 F3 Sports Smartwatch
Brand name checks out. NO.1. The smartphone is budget friendly with features that you definitely want in a smart band. As its name says, it is a sports watch. With the circular display, it shows the usual data on display. When unboxed, the package contents are one Smartwatch and English-Chinese Manual.
The standard functions of alarm setting and message reminder are present along with pedometer, sedentary reminder, sleep monitor. This band would not make or receive calls but helps in getting the notifications of texts and calls. The round dial makes it look like an ordinary watch, but it isn’t. There is a Start and Reset button the dial. Different modes for different environments make it feasible to use anywhere. The IP68 waterproof rating allows the smartwatch resist water and water splashes. The leather strap is removable. Powered by German’s Dialog DA14580, it has a 128 MB. A replaceable Maxell 2450 runs the device for a long time, and the device can run for a couple of weeks with normal usage.
- Good for sport activities
- Straightforward Approach
- No GPS
XiaomiToday rating: 7.0/10
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7) A1 Bluetooth Smartwatch Phone
A1, yet another company, wants to provide the best smartwatch experience. The A1 Bluetooth Smart Watch Phone is one of them.
When unboxed, the A1 is upright with a USB cable. After unboxing, install the SIM card by opening up the dial. Just like the old times. After installation of the SIM card, close the dial, and now you are all set!Switch on the smart band. A menu button, settings button are revealed along with signal strength, battery power, etc. The time and call features are present so that the smartwatch can be used as a phone. You can receive and make calls. Other functions such as Reminder settings, alarm setting options are present. May not be a go-to choice, but it will be useful to make calls and receive them.
Specs include a CPU named MTK6260A. The RAM itself is 128Mbit or 64Mbit. Expandable external memory is supported up to 32GB. 1.54 inch TFT HD LCD touchscreen, 240 x 240 pixels is necessary for suitable screen size with high definition picture displaying gives you a great experience.
- Good CPU power
- External memory supported
- Doesn’t offer a trendy feel
XiaomiToday rating: 7.7/10
Also Read, 10 Best Chinese Laptops 2018
8) HUAWEI Band 3 Smartband
As good as the company is, Honor Band 3 tries to live up to the expectations. It is one the fitness tracker that is functional and colorful but doesn’t quite attract the users. Available in different colors, such as blue, orange and black. But, the surprise is it costs $48.04 on Gearbest. Too much you think? Find out.
One Smartband, one USB Cable, and a Chinese Manual. That’s all you get for $48? Everything else attachable is such as proprietary. Weighing only about 18 grams, the strap is rubber-ish that sticks to your skin. Tapping the rectangular dial, the OLED display turns on with some Chinese letters flashing later changing into English alphabets and digits. The standard phone call reminder, message reminder & alarms setting can be done.
Health tracker stats include a heart rate monitor, a pedometer and sleep monitor.The UI of the smart band is very clean and crisp. It does not have a GPS though it could have also been accommodated. A 100mAH battery requires 1.5 hours to charge but lasts very long. As long as 20 days too with normal usage. Android 4.4 or above and iOS 8.0 or above are supported.
- Good battery Life
- Pleasant Color choices
- Doesn’t offer GPS
XiaomiToday rating: 7.5/10
9) S908 GPS Sports Smartband
S908 GPS sports smart band is another fitness-geared smart band that will aid the user in performing outdoor activities. What makes it different from other smart bands is the GPU functionality. It displays larger than other, and it has an OLED screen. A rectangle shaped dial enables the user read messages and navigate the GPS. It shows the latitudes and longitudes. It has the power to record multiple movements and patterns such as running, climbing, swimming, walking and riding.
IP68 waterproof grade helps you in taking the smart band for swimming. It helps in recording data such as swing arm count, lap count, heart rate analysis, calorie burn count etc. A 230mAH battery makes the smartband last longer when you take it out for a ride on your cycle. It gives out data such as trajectory, mileage, pace and much more.A RAM of 64K & ROM of 512K power the smartband when the smartband collects data and analyzes fat-burning percentage, muscle strength percentage and gives out an anaerobic warning.
- Fitness geared
- Pleasant Color choices
- GPS Available
- Very Less Features Offered
XiaomiToday rating: 7.6/10
10) K18 Smart Watch: IP68 Waterproof
K18 Smart Watch is a brand that you may not have heard. It certainly is classic in terms that it uses the leather band for the strap. It has two UI interfaces. One for fashion and one for commercial uses. It is intelligent as it has six different clock interfaces.
A 12mm slim dial round metallic dial gives a premium look. A replaceable 22mm strap is made of leather. Use it for professional activities and also for the exercise activities. Measure your heart rate, count the steps or calculate the calories burned. Also, monitor your sleep and set up a reminder if you are sitting for long. Use it to send messages with voice control function. This smartwatch supports all brands of smartphones such as Huawei, Samsung, HTC, Vivo…any Android flavor above 4.4 and iOS 7.0 and above.
- Amazing Design Choice
- Great Build Quality
- Bad UI
XiaomiToday rating: 6.8/10
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