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AQ-Fit W8 Smartwatch review: Premium look, solid battery life

At Rs 3,499, the W8 smartwatch is a good first attempt.

, ET Bureau|
Mar 14, 2019, 12.09 PM IST
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AQ-Fit W8 Smartwatch
AQ-Fit W8 Smartwatch
AQ-Fit W8 Smartwatch
Price: Rs 3,499
Rating: ***

AQ-Fit is a new technology startup in India. Their first product is a smartwatch that takes strong inspiration from the Apple Watch with its rectangular display and metal body.

While it looks premium, we also felt it was a tad heavier than we were expecting. It has a 1.33-inch colour IPS LCD isplay protected by Gorilla Glass 5. We didn’t see it pick up any scratches with normal use.

The screen has good viewing angles but brightness levels are not too great (it was difficult to see much outdoors, even at full brightness). That being said, it’s loaded with features like continuous heart rate tracking, blood pressure, blood oxygen, sleep monitoring and the usual fitness measurements.

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What we found interesting is that it also has a sports mode to measure different kinds of exercise — you don’t normally see this on budget smartwatches. The trouble is, we found the accuracy of step tracking and heart rate to be around 20% off the mark when compared to a Fitbit and Mi band.

Battery life is a solid 6 days. All the data is synced to the companion app which presents it in easy to understand graphical format and you can configure which app notifications should be visible on the watch too.

You also get 3 watch faces to choose from including one with a background photo of your choice. For the price, the W8 is a good first attempt but we’d rather go for something like a Mi Band 2 or Amazfit Cor.

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