Amazfit is a sub-brand under the parent company Huami, a Chinese company that is a health care services provider with world’s leading smart wearables technology in partnership with the Xiaomi smartphones brand which has recently launched the Mi band series where Amazfit had been providing the software for the smartphones and smart wristbands. Huami creates smart wearable technology with extensive applications creating smarter and more convenient lifestyles for its users.
It has taken the initiative to provide us with smart wearables and take artificial intelligence to new heights. It started with launching AI smartwatches helping people with their health and sleep, from morning’s workout to hectic day’s work to goodnight sleep. It has also launched the Amazfit app that helped the users keep track of the device they are using through their smartphones.
But keeping track of self-health by again and again lifting the hand and giving a look on their watch the whole day and even during workout and sleeping has been a little problematic. As a solution to this problem, Amazfit has introduced 2 TWS (True Wireless Stereo) earphones: PowerBuds and ZenBuds.
Huami has quickly established its leadership and gained recognition in the smart wearable industry since its inception in 2013, by shipping millions of smart wearable devices. The company provides 24*7 health monitoring services to millions of its product users. Huami introduced 4 new products to go beyond smartwatches and bands. Amazfit Home Studio (a smart gym hub), Amazfit air run (a foldable treadmill), and PowerBuds and ZenBuds which we are going to discuss later under this topic. In the world of smart wearables, Huami is ahead of Apple and Fitbit. The corporation’s mission is to connect biomechanical signals with our daily activities through smart data services to promote healthy living and make our lives easier.
PowerBuds are the first-ever AI installed TWS earphones launched by Amazfit. It comes in black, white, and yellow colors. The yellow one gives a neon look while the black one sports a red detailing; otherwise, the matte look could have kept it understated.
The PowerBuds has been designed for monitoring heart-rate during sports activities, and the product is at its best when connected with the Amazfit app through our smartphones. This application contains preset equalizers, and we can also set our sound.
The feature that makes the product unique is its heart rate sensor in its right ear-bud with 2 PPG (Photoplethysmogram) optical sensors like wristbands. The buds’ sensor can only be tracked when any activity is performed as we are not going to use the PowerBuds for general use every time, then all-time tracking is not even useful. The voice calls work effortlessly in solitude, as the PowerBuds are designed for sports use and not mass gatherings, so hearing from the other side while working out would not be an issue.
The PowerBuds have a thin outer body to understand the play – pause gestures very well. It also has the ENC intelligence used for changing the default settings through the app after the power buds are turned on by double-tap. These PowerBuds’ cases have a 450mAh battery, and each bud has a 55mAh battery designed for 8 hours of uninterrupted audio.
However, the case has an additional 16 hours after 30 minutes of charging; we can hardly keep the buds in the ear for so long (as designed for workout).
Its price is US$129.99, and it has been launched at online stores in India at about Rs. 6,999. In Amazon India it is priced Rs. 7,499 currently.
Amazfit ZenBuds is the second AI installed TWS earphones launched by Amazfit. It is only available in a classy beautiful white color. This is designed to help its users get good sleep. These are actually for the ones who cannot have a sound sleep or have a noisy outer atmosphere.
The ZenBuds are designed for a particular purpose, and it’s not playing music, it only plays a soothing sound which is preinstalled in it, and the Amazfit app can install more. It is quite comfortable to sleep with the ZenBuds on in our ears, unlike those wristbands, as it has four silicon tips out of which we can choose the best fit for our ears. It is thin and has light shape and size, which doesn’t interfere with our comfort.
The ZenBuds has three inbuilt monitors that take care of our heart while sleeping, checks the positions of our sleep, and reads the time and quality of our sleep. Its sound starts as soon as it is taken out of its case and stops itself when it senses that we have fallen asleep.
It has 280mAh of battery life with each buds having 10mAh of battery which provides it 12 hours of charge with the case having an additional 56 hours after 2.5 hours of charge
Its market value is US$149.99. This product has not been launched at online stores yet.
Critical Evaluation of the PowerBuds and ZenBuds
The PowerBuds and ZenBuds case would have been better if there was a crease for the users to make it know from where to open. Both sides are equally halved, and the user may end up opening the case upside down though they won’t fall because of the magnets in them.
Audiophiles of the PowerBuds are disappointing as they have only one setting, making that different suit style is tough. Another problem is with the Amazfit app, though, the features and settings of the product can be checked on the app, but it’s also the most frustrating part. As half of its functions are greyed but not hidden and checking past activities is a lengthy process.
Though these products have slight drawbacks overall, the PowerBuds and ZenBuds are immensely useful. With the fantastic combination of heart rate monitor and sleep monitor, respectively, with such long battery life is seriously a takeaway product.
Huami Amazfit has always taken care of its customer’s health by making such smart wearables like smartwatches, bands, and TWS earphones and also helped the users to track their health status through the apps created by them.