Best Smartwatches Under Rs.5,000 (October 2019)

by | Oct 17, 2019

From TV’s to Air conditioners and even light bulbs, every other gadget is turning smart nowadays.

So why leave watches out of this “smart” craze, right?

With the increased number of OEMs stepping into the market, the competition in smartwatches has intensified and the costs have considerably come down.

This provides a lot of choices for the end user.

In this article, we recommend you some of the best budget smartwatches that you can purchase under Rs.5,000 in India.

Best Smartwatches Under Rs.5,000

1. Huami Amazfit Bip LiteOverall Best Pick
2. Intex IRIST PROFeature Rich Smartwatch
3. Novateur Smart WatchBest Budget Smartwatch
4. Lenovo CarmeBest Branded Smartwatch
5. KingWear Kimi KW18Honorable Mention

1. Huami Amazfit Bip Lite

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Overall Best Pick
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Up to 45 days of battery life
  • Always on transflective display

Amazfit series is Xiaomi’s take on the budget smart wearable market.

Although a different band, Huami operates under Xiaomi independently and delivers the same quality with affordability’ motto that the parent company has proven time and again with its extensive device lineup.

Amazfit Bip is the entry-level smartwatch model from Huami that has some nice tricks up its sleeve to impress the users.

Design and Build Quality

The Huami Amazfit Bip Lite has a square-shaped aluminium dial which blends in with the silicone strap material quite well.

The fit and finish of this budget smartwatch are unmatched in competition with other models in the same price category.

Designed to fit in both large-sized and small-sized wrists graciously, this smartwatch will match your style no matter the physique.

Display

The display of Amazfit Bip is interesting in many aspects. This device features a 1.28-inch transflective display with a resolution of 176 x 176 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.

Features

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 Bip Lite is certified with IP68 which means that it is waterproof and dust resistant. You can safely take this smartwatch with you as an all-weather companion.

Battery Life

Battery life is the best aspect of the Huami Amazfit smartwatch. It will last you up to a whopping 45 days of continuous usage on a single charge.

As you have guessed already, the heart rate sensor turned on frequently, it will drop but not too much. About 14 days of battery life on a smartwatch is too much to ask, isn’t it?

Verdict

If you want an all-weather smartwatch that will last for days on a single charge, the Amazfit Bip Lite 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 that you can wear outdoors.

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Lightweight

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Always-on heart rate sensor

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Comfortable and skin-friendly strap

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No ambient light sensor

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialSilicone
SIM CardNo
BatteryUp to 45 Days
Warranty1 Year

 

2. Intex Irist Pro

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Feature-Rich Smartwatch
  • Always on transflective display
  • Widespread service network
  • Excellent build quality

The Irist Pro from Intex is an entry-level smartwatch that comes packed with powerful features and stunning looks.

Combined with the fitness features and smart connectivity in a compact watch form factor, The Irist Pro is indeed a desirable gadget under the budget of Rs.5,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Intex Irist pro has a square-shaped dial made of aluminium.

The bulky design might hinder the comfort of use for those who have a thin wrist.
However, the quality of the build is exceptionally good for the price tag it comes with.

There are two buttons on the side to control the display and navigate through the UI effortlessly without using your fingers.

The silicone strap feels comfortable to wear around the wrist without any irritation.

The strap is easily interchangeable and the company offers replacement straps in different colours and textures.

Display

The Intex Irist Pro has a 1.6-inch TFT transflective display with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels.

Yes – the same transflective display that we’ve discussed in the past on products like Amazfit Bip and Amazfit Pace models from Huami.

The UI on this device is easy to interact with. Large fonts with easier menu navigation icons make it feel right at home even for first-time users of a smartwatch.

The display has a curved 2.5D overlay that makes the ends of the screen gently curving towards the backplate, eliminating sharp edges.

The display is bright and colourful and has a transflective always-on layer that displays the date and time even when the screen is off.

This saves a lot of battery for those who prefer to use this gadget just as a watch and nothing else.

Features

The Intex Irist pro offers a few different watch faces to alter the look and feel of the watch as you may please.

This smartwatch features Bluetooth v4.0 for wireless connection with the smartphone.

With this device, you get the ability to attend the calls via Bluetooth right inside the smartwatch.

The inbuilt microphone and speaker works like a charm during voice calls.

Fitness applications such as a pedometer, step counter and sleep monitoring come standard and provide approximately accurate information about your workouts and other metabolic activities.

Gesture support is deeply integrated with this watch.

You can assign various gestures to initiate certain actions which makes the user experience much more personal.

Battery Life

The Intex Irist pro is powered by a 400 mAh Li-ion battery inside.

This battery lasts up to 2 days on a single charge.

It takes about three hours to fully juice up this battery from empty.

The magnetic charging dock is yet another advantage of this smartwatch with which you can charge the device overnight on your desk.

Verdict

Even though this device offers similar features that its competitors offer, the brand’s widespread service centre network makes a huge difference in terms of peace of mind.

Transflective display and the excellent build quality takes this device to the second-best spot in our list without leaving a speck of doubt.

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Intuitive UI
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Magnetic charging dock
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Curved display

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Bulky bezels

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialSilicone
SIM CardNo
Battery400mAh
Warranty6 Months

3. Novateur Smartwatch

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Best Budget Smartwatch
  • Stylish design
  • Excellent display
  • Heart rate sensor

Novoteaur is a previously unheard smartwatch marketing firm in the Indian subcontinent.

This company has recently revealed a stylish and premium looking device for a budget of just under Rs.3000 in the market targeting consumers looking to purchase a feature-rich smartwatch without shelling a lot of money.

Design and Build Quality

The Novateur smartwatch is the best-looking smartwatch priced under Rs.3000 currently available in the market.

The square-shaped dial with the roman dials watches face will remind you about the traditional Seiko analogue watches.

The faux leather strap is a refreshing change from the silicone and rubber straps usually found on smartwatches in this price point.

The stainless steel frame around the watch face makes this device look much more premium than what it originally costs.

Display

The Novateur smartwatch features a 1.54-inch TFT square-shaped display with 240 x 240-pixel resolution.

This display gets sufficiently bright and colours appear vivid and contrasty.

The capacitive touch screen technology aides in quickly registering your taps and swipes, offering a smooth menu navigation experience.

Performance

The MediaTek chipset inside along with 32MB of RAM and 32MB internal storage runs the proprietary OS on this smartwatch quite smoothly.

There are occasional stutters and lags but considering the price and feature list, it doesn’t pose much serious.

Miscellaneous

The Novateur smartwatch is powered by Bluetooth 4.0 and is compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones.

There are options to receive push notifications and calls from your Android smartphone on this smartwatch and it also allows you to reply directly from the watch.

There is a continuous heart rate sensor in the rear of this watch, aiding in your metabolic rate measurement.

In short, this smartwatch also doubles up as a fitness tracker of sorts.

Battery Life

The Novateur smartwatch is powered by a 280mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for 6 hours.

This battery takes about 2 hours to completely charge from zero to a hundred,

Verdict

The Novateur smartwatch combines the elegance of its beautiful design and builds quality along with a handful of the useful feature under a very affordable budget.

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Attractive design

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Faux leather strap

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Capacitive touch display

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No SIM card facility

Specifications

Water ResistantNo
Strap MaterialFaux leather
SIM CardNo
Battery6 Hours
Warranty6 Months

 

4. Lenovo Carme

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Best Hybrid Smartwatch
  • Great for outdoor usage
  • Best suited with Android phones
  • Comfortable leather strap

Lenovo has been a prominent player in the smart wearables market with its fitness bands for a while.

The Lenovo carme takes it to the next level being a full-fledged smartwatch priced just under Rs.3000, a segment which has a dearth of well-established brands.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo Carme has a bulky square shaped watch body. The construction is of premium quality and the watch feels rugged and durable.

The thick rubber strap is comfortable to wear around the wrist with no skin irritation. This strap can be easily removed and swapped with the material of your choice.

At the rear, there is the optical heart rate scanner and the two-point charging pins.

Overall, the build quality of the Lenovo Carmen is quite decent for its asking price.

Display

The Lenovo Carmen budget smartwatch features a 1.3-inch IPS LCD with decent brightness and colour accuracy.

The point to note here is that this is not a touch screen. The single capacitive button in the bottom portion helps you navigate around the interface, which is honestly quite tedious.

Smart Features

The Lenovo Carme is capable of receiving calls as well as text notifications. Since the device doesn’t feature a microphone or a speaker, you need to accept the calls on your phone itself.

The heart rate monitor is quite accurate and gives important body metabolism measurements. This smartwatch does feature the regular fitness-based services such as sleep tracking, step counter, calorie burn measurement etc.

Lenovo has a Lenovo Life app available on both Play store and the iOS store to manage this smartwatch.

Battery Life

Lenovo Carmen is powered by a 250mAh rechargeable battery which will last you for 2-3 days.

Charging is a pretty straightforward affair with this smartwatch. Just plug in the watch as it is into the charging dock and plug the USB into a power source.

Verdict

The Lenovo Carmen smartwatch offers the basic smart functionalities along with the much-needed fitness-related features at a very enticing price point.

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Interchangeable strap

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Decent build quality

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Easy to plug charging dock

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Cumbersome UI navigation

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialRubber
SIM CardNo
BatteryUp to 7 Days
Warranty1 Year

5. KingWear Kimi KW18

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Honorable Mention
  • Best for those with large wrists
  • Doubles up as a fitness tracker
  • Loud and clear speaker

King Wear is a Chinese company that has been making smartwatches since its inception.

Their smartwatches stood out from the rest, thanks to special UI that they try to implement on their devices.

Design and Build Quality

The company tries to provide a quality smartwatch experience at an affordable price point without skimping on features.

The looks of this smartwatch are stylish with bezels having a titanium dark grey finish treatment given to it.

The strap material used in this smartwatch is rubber.

Display

Kimi KW18 features a large 1.3″ display that stands out from the pack.

makes the smartwatch look bulky and is suitable for those with large hands which will otherwise look chunkier on the hand.

Hardware Features

This smartwatch comes with a heart rate monitor at the back for measuring your heart rate.

Also accompanied by the heart rate monitor are a pedometer, sleep monitor sensor etc.

A sedentary reminder function is inbuilt for letting you set alerts for specific tasks.

A SIM card slot is present and accounted for and is placed on the side.

The speaker is placed at the bottom and is pretty loud without any noticeable distortions.

User Interface

The UI design is very vibrant and intuitive that will let this smartwatch feels like an odd one out when compared to the thousands of similar Chinese smartwatches out there.

The UI design is very well thought out and the menus are easier and understandable to use.

Battery Life

A 350mAh battery powers the device and can last for about 10 -12 hours of heavy usage.

This smartwatch can be used with both iOS and Android devices or as a standalone device as it has cellular connectivity built-in.

Verdict

The Kingwear Kimi is an affordable smartwatch with a very intuitive UI that offers the least learning curve among the smartphones at this price range.

Doubling up as a fitness tracker, this smartwatch offers a great level of versatility for the price at which is offered in the market.

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Cellular connectivity

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Easy and clean UI
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Pedantry reminder
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Bulky design

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Heavy

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialRubber
SIm cardNo
Battery350mAh
Warranty6 Month

This concludes our curated list of best smartwatches in India under Rs.5,000. Smartwatches tend to have a pricing anomaly between Rs.2000 and Rs.5,000 and you will seldom find a good product.

We have tried our best to pick the ones you might be impressed within each category.

If you’re looking for a top of the line flagship smartwatch, then do check out our article on the best smartwatches in India.

We hope this list will help you save time in making your purchase decision.

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