Meet Amazfit Bip: The little smartwatch with long battery life

Apple Watch, while not an Android thing, is a success by any measure. One problem users consistently run into, though, is battery life. For the most part, you're going to need to charge most smartwatches every day. That's without features like an always-on display, which is something Android Wear users and others take for granted. And for the features you do get from Apple, you pay a premium because Apple Watch is a premium product and is priced like one.

Now, what if I told you about a smartwatch right out of the Apple design playbook, that could get 45 days of battery life? What if I told you it also had GPS and GLONASS, IP68 dust and water resistance, a barometer, compass, 3-axis accelerometer, and 190mAh battery? What if it could also track activity such as running, walking, and cycling? How about the ability to analyze your sleep? What if it also tossed in an optical heart rate system as well. And what if it were priced at about $79 or so on Amazon (opens in new tab)?

Meet the Amazfit Bip

Built by Xiaomi, the Amazfit Bip (opens in new tab) has been called the Chinese Pebble — after one of the first smartwatches to hit the market — and it's now coming to the U.S. with support for both iOS and Android.

I've been using an Amzfit Bip for a few weeks and, while you do get what you pay for, it offers a lot of technology in a low-cost package and has some features Apple hasn't gotten around to adding just yet. 

There is a 1.28-inch  always-on display with a resolution of 176 x 176. While the body is made of lightweight plastic the screen is made of Gorilla Glass 3. It's also nice that it uses standard 20mm lugs, so swapping out bands is simple.

The Bip connects via Bluetooth 4.0 allowing you to receive calls, texts, emails, and other notifications. These are all one way, though. If you need more, you'll need to look elsewhere. 

All about the basics

There are a ton of different watch faces included and a growing collection online that are pretty simple to get on the device. Some nice and useful, others... just bizarre. And there's no way to tweak colors or complications.  

Fitness capabilities check all the boxes, including step counts and workout routines. It's all synced back to the Mi app on your iPhone or Android Phone, but can also be synced to Google Fit.

There are also apps on the watch for weather, timer, stopwatch, and alarm, but there's no app store and no ecosystem for adding anything else. 

The Chinese Pebble

Ever since the good folks at Fitbit bought and then promptly killed the Pebble, there's been a void in the market for a simple, fitness-focused smartwatch that was more than a tracker but cost less than an Apple Watch.

If you can live with its limitations, or just want the battery life an always-on display, then the Amzfit Bip might just fill that void for you.

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Michael Gartenberg
  • I read elsewhere there were no 12-hour watch faces. That's kind of a deal-breaker, and unacceptable. I have tried $15 smartwatch/fitness trackers that could switch between the two. Also, I'm not about to give up my Pebble Time rated at 5 ATM versus IP68. Also, have you tried one on? How does feel? What is real battery life like? Or do you not know the answer to any of these questions unlike other sites that have, well, actually used this device and did a real review instead of some copy/pasta from the Amazon listing.
  • This item is pretty hot right now so I expect that the time issue will be fixed with an update, I just ordered one today from Newegg for $70 on sale and according to some Youtube reviews, heavy users get around 2 weeks of battery life. I plan to post a review myself after a couple weeks.
  • I have one. The standard watch faces are now in 12hour format, I think it was in an update.
    The watch is fantastic and really does have 30+ days of battery life.
    It is not as good as my previous Samsung gear fit smartwatch with notifications but the battery life, GPS tracking, step counter and heart rate monitor are all fantastic.
    I love how it records my heart rate every half hour throughout the day and the Mi Fit app is surprisingly good.
    It is lightweight too so I don't even feel it on my wrist.
  • Had mine now for about 45 days... Loving it. Battery is awesome, step counting is precise like my previous xaiomi tracker. For anyone interested, i've been trying out custom watchfaces recently through this app. It has a great selection, imo.
  • Did the software update include music controls?
  • I have been thinking about one of these pretty hard. It does all the things I want except one: At least some kind of response to notifications (mostly text/email). Canned, changeable canned, some thing so as to not make me get my phone out to just type yes, no, ok, maybe. Without voice anything more than that, and I prefer using the phone any way. But for some simple responses from the watch are nice.
  • I bought one of these for $59 from Geekbuy. Very happy. Battery after 1 week is still 89%. It's truly an amazing little watch, especially for the money.
  • This sounds like it might be up my alley for a smartwatch but aside from wanting more watchbands, I'm interested.
  • Awesome!
  • The Mi Band 2 (also by Xiaomi) isn't designed to record daytime sleep. I wonder if this is similarly limited. I would've guessed that China had *some* factories and venues that were open all night, thus requiring night workers that would sleep during the day, but perhaps not.
  • They might call it the Chinese Pebble, but that’s damn sure not what it looks like. That is a straight up Apple rip-off, Lol. 😂 Don’t get me wrong with that, I may try one, but I’m just calling it what it is.
  • This is far better than the one I have sitting in my drawer - that gets about one day or a day and a half of battery life... Sheesh
  • I ordered one. I have low expectations so hope to be pleasantly surprised. The battery life sold me as I don't need anymore devices that require daily charging in my life.
  • I've been eyeing this watch for quite some time. The only thing preventing me from buying is the ability to control my Google music.
  • Looks interesting. Page bookmarked
  • Does anyone know what the dimensions of main body of the watch is? I am trying to get a sense of how big it is. thanks
  • I have the mi fit 2 and love it. Decided to upgrade to this band for the always on display and the ability to view notifications and off the charts battery life.