Fitness bands are hot right now.
Fitbit has been absolutely killing it over the last couple of years, and has managed to maintain its position at the top of the wearables space throughout the rise of Android Wear and the Apple Watch devices.
While there are plenty of affordable Fitbit devices out there, the company still has yet to secure a position in the ultra affordable fitness tracker market. That space is slowly but surely being filled by various Chinese manufacturers, who have managed to push out some surprisingly high quality hardware at extremely low prices.
Now Meizu, the company that has manufactured various mid-range smartphones, is looking to secure a position in the fitness tracker space with the introduction of the Meizu Band.
Meizu’s new Band features a sleek and unassuming design and a concealed OLED screen that blends in with the band quite nicely. It will, of course, be able to tell the time, as well as track your daily steps, calories and heart rate via the built-in AMS heart rate monitor.
The Meizu Band sports a sleek, simple design
It’ll also show incoming notifications like calls and texts, and can even be used to locate a lost phone if it’s connected via Bluetooth. Plus, if you spend most of your time in a chair, the Meizu Band also features move reminders to help remind you get up and stretch your legs.
The Band pairs with the Meizu Health smartphone app, which will allow you to see more detailed information on your daily activity. There are also a handful of neat social features built into the app, like the ability to “like” other users’ workouts and compete with friends.
The Band is charged by magnetically attaching it to the included charger, which is surprisingly short but holds the band well, even if placed vertically. A full charge is said to last a full seven days, but we have yet been able to test the device fully as the English app is not out quite yet.
The new device also features an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which means you should be fine to take it in the shower with you, or even go for a swim.
The best part? The Meizu Band will launch for ¥229, which is about $33 USD. That puts it squarely in Xiaomi Mi Band 2 range.
We’ll bring you our full review once the English version of the app is available. The device is up for pre-order in China from today, and will hit store shelves on December 8. There’s no word yet as to whether or not it will come to the United States (or any other market, for that matter), but we’ll be sure to let you know when we get more details.
So tell us – does the Meizu Band have you interested? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.