It is perhaps a special firm altogether, however in relation to its ecosystem merchandise Realme appears to be taking numerous pages out of the OnePlus Ebook of Product Improvement. In essence, the model releases a product that ticks all of the packing containers on paper however has just a few efficiency points. Points which then get sorted out by a gradual move of software program updates delivered over the air (OTA). We noticed that occur with the model’s first try at a health band, noticed it repeated with its first smartwatch earlier this 12 months, and are seeing it but once more with its second smartwatch, the Realme Watch S Professional.
It has the appears and the specs
For, make no mistake about it, the Realme Watch S Professional may be very a lot on level in relation to design and specs. It comes with a big, spherical 1.39-inch spherical AMOLED show with a stainless-steel body, with two buttons on the proper, one for waking up and switching off the show and one other for accessing your health and exercise menu. It does look a good bit just like the Mi Watch Revolve with markings on the outer a part of the body, however that isn’t actually a foul factor. It has a sensible really feel to it, though some may discover it a bit of giant however we are inclined to have a smooth nook for bigger smartwatches as they do permit us to see extra at one go, with out squinting an excessive amount of. We will nonetheless see some of us – particularly these with slender wrists – discovering it a bit of too cumbersome. Sadly, there is just one measurement choice right here. The watch comes with one set of straps which might be snug and are comparatively simple to vary – there are alternatives in silicon and vegan leather-based.
On the spec aspect, the Watch S Professional is nicely outfitted. It has a twin processor, GPS, coronary heart charge monitor, a blood oxygen monitor (so helpful for Covid occasions), Bluetooth 5.zero connectivity, 5 ATM water resistance (sure, you possibly can take it swimming), sleep monitoring, and 15 health modes. And it connects to Android units over Bluetooth utilizing the Realme Hyperlink app – iOS connectivity is predicted to reach within the coming days. All this with two-week battery life.
Not fairly the Professional performer, although…not but!
It has the appears and the specs and the options. However in relation to efficiency, the Realme Watch S Professional falls a bit of off the tempo. Thoughts you, it does get numerous issues proper. The show is giant and vivid, music and digital camera management are first rate and for essentially the most half, we discovered step counts to be correct. Health monitoring was additionally typically on level (we have been gently reminded to rise up once we have been sitting for too lengthy) and so have been notifications. In fact, we liked the flexibility to observe our telephone from the watch, and the stopwatches and alarms are helpful. Alerts are typically dealt with nicely, and that enormous show is nice for studying info. We’d have favored higher wallpapers, and several other are anticipated to be added through OTA. Operations are typically clean – swiping to both proper or left from the principle watch face reveals you completely different information and notifications, swiping down reveals messages, and swiping up enables you to entry the entire menu of options on the system. For essentially the most half, it really works easily.
There are, nonetheless, occasional lags within the interface, similar to once we tapped the dial to wake the watch, the watch would typically not reply. The identical applies to the “increase to wake” operate, which is a bit of hit or miss. There’s an always-on show mode however the watch faces on it do probably not sync with those on the watch itself – hopefully, the replace will change that.
A much bigger concern, nonetheless, is the measurement functionality of the watch. We had seen this with the primary health band and smartwatch and nicely, measurement is a little bit of an oddity with the Realme Watch S Professional. The center charge monitor managed to offer me my lowest ever coronary heart charge – 43 per minute, a couple of minutes after a gentle exercise, though one other sensor confirmed me at 90. Equally, the blood oxygen measure gave the impression to be a bit on the upper aspect – typically giving me readings of 100 and 98 whereas the precise stats (from an oximeter) have been just a few factors lesser. No, these usually are not recurring flaws, for essentially the most half, the Realme Watch S Professional did a good job, however the actual fact they occurred tended to undermine its credibility. Equally, the watch didn’t appear to detect we had gone to sleep and a number of the directions on the watch appeared unedited. In fact, these may very well be simply early blues, fixable with an replace or three (these OnePlus feels, eh?).
An enormous asset of the watch is its battery. It claims to final two weeks on a single cost and to this point has proven each signal of residing as much as its promise (we now have had it on for a few week and battery life is at about 60 % proper now). It additionally lasts about two to 3 days if we shift to an always-on show however we don’t see the necessity for this, as soon as the “increase to wake” performance is fastened.
An OTA away from greatness?
The Realme Watch S Professional is a bit like a meal that has all the right substances in it, however which has been barely undercooked, giving it a little bit of a uncooked style. It wants a bit extra time within the software program oven, and we suspect is only a few OTAs from attaining its potential. At Rs 9,999, it’s undoubtedly price a purchase if you’re already within the Realme ecosystem, however if you’re not, we’d advise ready for these OTAs to return in earlier than you resolve to take a position. As of now, each the Mi Watch Revolve and Amazfit GTR have a transparent lead over it as they merely really feel like extra completed merchandise. The Watch S Professional has what it takes to be a hit. It simply must carry out constantly and easily. It isn’t fairly the true deal. Not but. However that would change with just a few updates. Bear in mind the primary Realme watch? After a torrid begin, it turned a bestseller. “Watch” this house for updates, we are saying.
- Massive, vivid show
- Blood oxygen measurement
- Glorious battery life
- Extra options anticipated by means of OTAs
- Inaccuracies in measurements
- A couple of lags
- Extra options anticipated in OTAs
Realme’s second effort at smartwatches sees the model get into a better value zone with the Realme S Professional. Nicely specced and stylishly designed, the watch has immense promise however is a software program replace or two away from attaining its potential.