Best Smartwatches Under Rs.10,000 (April 2019)
Smartwatches are quickly gaining popularity among gadget freaks today.
They supplement the use of smartphones to a certain extent but also provide a lot of additional conveniences.
The sheer number of smartwatches that are dumped into the market daily is massive, and finding the perfect watch for your liking is difficult.
That’s why we at Bettershark decided to take a look at the best smartwatches under Rs.10,000.
Here’s the list that we have come up with after extensive research.
1. Asus Zenwatch 2
Overall Best Pick
- OLED display
- Android wear OS
- Interchangeable Straps
Who thought you’d be able to purchase an Android wear running smartwatch for just under Rs.10,000?
Well, you have it in Asus Zenwatch 2.
Even though a bit old, the Asus Zenwatch 2 still has the capable guts and a full-fledged Android OS running underneath.
Design and build quality
Asus is an international brand and it does show its prowess when it comes to the build quality of this device.
The bezel of this smartwatch is made of stainless steel. The strap is made of high-quality leather that looks and feels premium.
The square display on this smartwatch has sizeable bezels around it, which might bother some perfectionists.
The strap can be easily interchanged for plastic or even a stainless steel one. The unlock mechanism is pretty straightforward and doesn’t require any sophisticated tools.
The power button is located on the right side of the watch and gives a satisfying click and accompanied vibration on pressing it.
The Asus Zenwatch 2 has a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 320x320 pixels.
This screen has a decent pixel density of around 280 ppi, which for an AMOLED screen in this price range is totally acceptable.
The colours appear vibrant and the brightness levels are excellent. Since the screen is AMOLED, choosing black watch faces will also let you save a considerable amount of battery life.
On top of the display, there is a 2.5D curved glass with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection. This will save the display from minor scratches and dings.
Unlike the rest of the competition, the Asus Zenwatch 2 runs on Android wear operating system that comes straight out of Google.
Google services such as Play store, Calendar and Gmail are tightly integrated within the watch.
You can download third-party wear OS apps from the Play store directly on to this watch, thereby enhancing its functionality.
There is Google now support which works flawlessly. This feature can be used to browse the settings or even reply to a message or notification via your voice.
The Asus Zenwatch 2 comes with Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi support.
Bluetooth v4.1 stack helps you connect this watch to your smartphone with minimal energy consumption.
Or else, this watch can be directly connected with a Wi-Fi access point to browse, view and reply to messages and emails.
This budget Android smartwatch from Asus comes with a 6-axis accelerometer and gyro sensors that works delightfully well with gestures.
Actions like turning on the screen when you lift your wrist and answering the calls via preset movements make this smartwatch highly customizable and personal.
What powers this smartwatch inside is a 290mAh Li-ion battery. This battery will last up to 2 days on moderate usage.
The charging process is pretty quick where the battery fills up to 50% in around 45 minutes.
With the help of the supplied magnetic cable and the pogo pins at the back of the watch, this can be charged pretty quickly within no time.
If you love to own a full-fledged Android wear OS powered smartwatch with excellent build quality, the Asus Zenwatch is a tough choice to resist in this price segment.
This smartwatch offers easily changeable straps in different colours and materials, which you can utilize to flaunt your style in public.
Robust build quality
Magnetic charging connector
Thick bezels around the display
|Operating System||Android Wear|
|Touch Screen||1.63″ AMOLED|
|Memory (RAM/Storage)||512MB / 4GB|
2. Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Pace
- Perfect for all weather usage
- Excellent sunlight legibility
- Suited for adventure activities
Amazfit series is Xiaomi’s take on the budget smart wearable market.
Although a different band, Huami operates under Xiaomi independently and maintains the same motto of ‘quality with affordability’ that the parent company has preached time and again with its extensive device lineup.
The Amazfit Pace is the budget smartwatch model from Huami that has some nice tricks up its sleeve to impress the users.
Design and build quality
The Huami Amazfit Pace is designed to resemble a normal analogue watch with its circular form factor.
The bezel of this smartwatch is made of high-quality ceramic material and the strap is made of soft silicone. The two-tone colour scheme comprising of red and black makes this smartwatch stand out from the rest of the competition in terms of looks.
The display of Amazfit Pace is interesting in many aspects. This device features a 1.34-inch transflective display with a resolution of 320x300 pixels.
The speciality of this display is that the screen gets brighter and brighter with the amount of light striking its surface.
This is a great convenience when using the smartwatch under direct sunlight. When indoors, to enhance the visibility, background light kicks in.
Unfortunately, there is no ambient light sensor inside.
All the notifications from your smartphone are conveniently displayed on the smartwatch but the only gripe is that you can’t reply to the messages. Although, incoming calls can be accepted with the flick of a wrist.
Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Pace is certified with IP67 which means it’s waterproof and dust resistant. You can safely take this smartwatch with you as an all-weather companion.
An inbuilt barometer will let you know the atmospheric pressure that might be useful for those who is into activities such as trekking.
GPS tracking helps you to track your movements in real time. In addition to GPS, there’s the Russian GLONASS support to make the tracking more precise and accurate.
Battery life is the best aspect of the Huami Amazfit smartwatch. It will last you up to a whopping 11 days of continuous usage on a single charge.
As you have guessed already, with GPS turned on, it will drop but not too much.
10 days of battery life on a smartwatch is too much to ask, isn’t it?
If you want an all-weather smartwatch that will last for days on a single charge, the Amazfit Pace is the one you should be checking out.
With the special monochrome display that gets darker with the increase in light striking the surface, this is one of the most legible smartwatches you can wear outdoors.
With GPS tracking built-in, you won’t get lost wandering in the woods or desert with this smartwatch.
|Operating System||Supports iOS/Android|
|Touch Screen||1.34″ transflective|
|Memory (RAM/Storage)||512MB / 4GB|
3. Huawei Metis – B19
Best Fitness Based Smartwatch
- Perfect for health-conscious consumers
- Display with good outdoor legibility
- Trusted brand name
Huawei is not just another Chinese brand.
They have been showered with praises for their Android Wear-powered smartwatches and here they are, with an entry-level budget fitness band smartwatch bridge.
Design and build quality
The Huawei Metis B19 has a metallic rounded dial with a silicone strap. From a distance, the Metis B19 looks like a traditional analogue watch which is a good thing for many.
The build quality is excellent with smooth edges and detailed machinings on the dial. The strap feels solid but lightweight and comfortable.
Since this is a unisex smartwatch, the Huawei Metis B19 can be used by men and women alike.
The Metis – B19 comes with a circular dial with a 1.2″ LCD touchscreen display.
The display itself is a monochrome one with sufficiently deep blacks that almost resemble an OLED screen.
The icons are large and the digits stand out, helping with the overall viewability of the device.
The interface is minimal with vertical swipes being the main mode of navigation within the menu.
The learning curve is negligible, that any user will be comfortable with using the smartwatch right out of the box.
Notifications can be viewed on the display but are not actionable. For that, you need to take out your smartphone to reply.
The device doesn’t accidentally slide off the charging dots.
An always-on heart rate monitor is present in this smartwatch to monitor your heart rate 24 x 7.
This feature is a great boon for those health conscious fitness freaks out there.
The company claims up to 6 days of battery life with the device but users have reported
getting around 10 days which is quite an interesting anomaly.
Huawei Metis – B19 comes with a cradle charger instead of the normal magnetic charger that fits well.
According to us, having a rounded dial is a desirable trait for any smartwatch out there.
The Metis B19 has a great looking dial supplemented by a textured silicone strap which blends with the design very well.
If you don’t mind the lack of a native GPS support, the Metis B19 from Huawei is a compelling product providing a week worth of battery on a single charge.
Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Support
Always on heart rate monitor
Good battery life
Can’t mute notifications
|Operating System||Proprietary OS|
|Touch Screen||Yes. 1.2 inch LCD|
|Memory (RAM/Storage)||1 GB RAM, 4 GB|
|Battery||Up to 6 Days|
4. Alcatel OneTouch Go
Best Smartwatch for Adventure Lovers
- Shockproof body
- Micro USB charging
- Heart rate sensor
Alcatel OneTouch Go is the ultimate traveller’s dream when it comes to owning a budget smartwatch.
This device comes with a lot of tailor-made features specifically designed with travellers and adventure lovers in mind.
Design and build quality
The Alcatel OneTouch Go has a polycarbonate bezel and a soft rubber strap that feels right on target when it comes to the build quality. The rubber strap is skin friendly and won’t cause any irritation to the skin when used for an extended period of time.
Being an adventure-centric smartwatch, this device has a rugged design that accentuates into a muscular chassis with shockproof capabilities.
The quality of the materials used for construction is of very good quality, the overall feel ensures durability.
The 1.22-inch display on this smartwatch is of IPS LCD type with a resolution of 240x204 pixels.
This display can project up to 262k colours and has excellent brightness. Being an IPS panel, the viewing angles are good as well.
For an adventure traveller, these two factors – brightness and viewing angles are very important when dealing with nature’s forces outdoors.
There is also an oleophobic coating over the display, which keeps water away from the screen when it is splashed on the watch.
The colours look vivid and the with the clever UI design, the low resolution is kind of masked to become unnoticed.
Similar to the regular smartwatches in the market, the Alcatel Go Touch features a Bluetooth v4.0 protocol to communicate with your smartphone.
The connection is pretty stable within the range of 10m.
Push notifications from the smartphone arrive without any delay and you can get notified of all social network interactions realtime on the go without having the need to take a break and peek into the phone.
There are regular media control and smartphone remote shutter button functions that enhance the usability of this device.
The Alcatel OneTouch Go comes with a slew of useful sensors that makes it your perfect companion on an adventure trip.
Equipped with altimeter, you are no longer confused about the hike you’re doing. The heart rate monitor at the back monitors your heart rate to ensure everything is fine.
The E-compass make sure that you don’t lose your way in the never-ending trails. There are additional features such as a gyro and accelerometer that will track the distances covered.
The Alcatel OneTouch Go is powered by a 225mAh Li-Po battery. This battery is rated to last for about 2 days of moderate usage.
And, one more thing to make the traveller in you happy, this device charges via a micro USB port. This means you can use your power bank or laptop to juice up this watch on the move, effortlessly.
The Alcatel OneTouch Go is a tailor-made smartwatch for travellers and adventure sports enthusiasts.
The rugged design and the plethora of useful sensors inside make it a very useful wearable to carry with you on your trips.
Oleophobic layer coated display
Not suited for those with thin wrists
|Operating System||supports iOS/Android|
|Touch Screen||1.22″ IPS|
|Battery||225mAh, Up to 2 days|
5. Boltt Hawk
Best Feature Rich Smartwatch
- Best for all weather use
- Suited for adventure junkies
- Rich in features
Bolt is an Indian company headquartered in Noida, UP that mainly concentrates on the smart wearable segment in the country.
The Boltt Hawk is an Android-powered smartwatch that has support for independent cellular connectivity.
Design and build quality
The design of this smartwatch is rather similar to others in the market. However, the quality of materials used for construction is of better quality and the difference is quite evident.
The Circular dial has a stainless steel trim around it and the rubber strap comfortably fits snug on the wrist.
This smartwatch from Boltt comes with 42 built-in watch faces for you to select from. Sadly you can’t customize the watch faces and you will have to use as it is.
This device comes with a plethora of workout options. There’s a sports mode that supports seven types of activities ranging from running to jogging to the marathon.
The company has included an inbuilt GPS sensor to track and record your location, an altimeter to measure the height and even a barometer for identifying the atmospheric pressure.
Since the smartwatch does come with a compass sensor, the accuracy of GPS is quite good and the navigation works effortlessly.
Camera and water resistance
If you somehow want to snap a quick picture during your workout or adventure trip, there’s a 2MP camera up front which does just that.
Don’t expect anything spectacular though.
Finally, this device is IP68 certified. This means that you can take out this smartwatch outside during rains without any fear of getting damaged making it an excellent adventure trip companion.
Speaking about the battery life, this smartwatch lasted for about 26 hours of continuous usage on our tests.
If you use GPS and cellular connectivity extensively, expect this number to fall well below.
The Bolt Hawk is compatible with both Android smartphones as well as iOS devices.
Bluetooth 4.0 protocol ensures that both the host and the guest consumes minimal power.
The Bolt Hawk is a smartwatch that features independent telephony hardware that enables you to use this as a standalone device without the need for pairing with a smartphone.
The large selection of inbuilt-watch faces will let you select the style which suits you.
This gives a fresh and new look for the watch and you will never feel the same every day.
With a battery life well over a day, this is currently the best smartwatch money can buy under Rs.10,000.
All necessary sensors are present
Good build quality
Feels bulky in hand
No option to add third-party watch faces
|Touch Screen||Yes. 1.39″ AMOLED|
|Memory (RAM/Storage)||512 MB RAM, 4GB ROM|
|Battery||Upto 26 Hours|
This concludes our curated list of the best smartwatches available in the Indian market under Rs.10,000.
We have tried to include at least one entry in each category we feel is worth mentioning.
We hope this list will help you sort the decision you have been rolling inside your head for days.
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