Best Smartwatches Under Rs.5,000 (February 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.
1. Huami Amazfit Bip
Overall Best Pick
- 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 delivers the same ‘quality with affordability’ motto that the parent company has proved 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 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.
The display of Amazfit Bip is interesting in many aspects. This device features a 1.2-inch transflective display with a resolution of 176x176 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 Bip 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.
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 30 days of continuous usage on a single charge.
As you have guessed already, with GPS turned on, it will drop but not too much.
14 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 BiP 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.
With GPS tracking built-in, you won’t get lost wandering in the woods or desert for sure with this smartwatch.
Up to 30 days battery life
No ambient light sensor
Can’t reply to the notifications
|Battery||Up to 30 Days|
2. Intex Irist Pro
- 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.
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 the 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.
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 gesture to initiate certain actions which makes the user experience much more personal.
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 completely 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.
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.
Magnetic charging dock
|Memory||128MB ROM, 64MB RAM|
3. SKMEI GS10347
Best Fitness Based Smartwatch
- Best for fitness freaks
- Withstand small water splashes
- Real time activity tracking
SKMEI is a Chinese manufacturer specialized in making smartwatches pertaining to a different audience across the globe.
The SKMEI GS10347 is more of a fitness-based smartwatch that’s priced reasonably in the Indian market.
Design and build quality
This smartwatch comes with a khaki coloured strap which looks very much appealing considering the black colour of the circular dial.
The construction is robust and feels very solid.
Connectivity and hardware
Just as other smartwatches in the category, the SKMEI GS10347 can connect with your smartphone and pull the notifications such as calls, messages and calendar entries.
However, there isn’t a SIM card slot for independent cellular connectivity.
There’s is an optical heart rate monitor on this device that gives pretty much accurate readings on your heart beats.
Real-time activity tracking feature will let you strictly follow the plans according to the schedule and helps to stay fit.
Nifty features like turn the wrist to check the display works well off the shelf. This feature saves a lot of battery as well.
This smartwatch can double up as a spy remote if you want it to.
When paired with your smartphone, using the remote camera option, the device can click pictures and capture videos using the smartphone cameras stealthily.
One of the main advantages of this fitness smartwatch is that the quality of sensors used inside is of much better quality compared to the rest.
Speaking of the battery, the 160 mAh cell inside can last up to 8 days on a single charge.
The magnetic induction charging makes the process of plugging in the device a pleasant experience.
The SKMEI smartwatch is more of a fitness-based device rather than just a smartwatch for checking time and notifications.
Fitted with a heart rate sensor, one of the main omissions the company has made is that of a SIM card connectivity.
Fitness freaks would any day prefer a heart rate sensor than a SIM card for sure.
If you love to have a fitness-oriented smartwatch under an affordable budget, this device is a good choice.
Good battery life
No SIM slot
|Battery||8 – mAh|
4. Globe Trak Kids Smart Watch
Best Kids Smart Watch
- Suited for kids of age 3+ years
- Route playback on smartphone
- SOS alerts
You wouldn’t expect a kid’s watch in an article titled “best smartwatches” but here we’re, adding an unexpected entry which you might be interested to check out.
The Globe Trak Kids smartwatch does what its name suggests – tracks your kids. The company even claims that this device is the World’s smallest
This smartwatch is perfect for Kids for three years and above. It’s not only about the tracking but also has many useful features.
Sleep monitoring is one such feature that lets you track your Kids sleep.
Adequate sleep is of utmost importance to anyone, be it kids or adults.
Understanding your Kids sleeping will let you plan their schedule for studies and leisure time accordingly.
This budget kids smartwatch comes with a dedicated SOS button for alerting preset numbers with the click of a single button.
SOS stands for Save Our Souls, which is a universal call sign for emergency alerts asking for immediate help.
The SOS button on this smartwatch will call and send a message to two preset numbers if you kid presses the button if the need arises so.
This smartwatch takes in a SIM card that lets you communicate with the child over the air, even while at distant places.
There are two quick dial keys that can be programmed to call in case of an emergency.
The GPS + LBS tracking is quite accurate but the signal levels drop considerably while inside a building.
There is also the option to play back the route your kid has taken via the app available for this device on various app stores.
Safety of our kids is always one of the number one priority of any parents.
If you feel the need to track your kid’s movements for his/her own safety, the Globe Trak kids smartwatch will let you do the same.
Accurate GPS tracking and one-touch SOS function will let you know the location and communicate with the kid in case of an emergency.
Real time tracking
Bulky design for a three year old
5. Portronics Yogg X
Best Budget Smartwatch
- A vibrant and bright OLED display
- Magnetic charging dock
- Bluetooth v4.0
Portronics is a familiar brand to many, thanks to their popular Bluetooth speakers and computer accessories lineup.
The Yogg X from Portronics is an entry level smartwatch that doubles up as a cheap fitness tracker.
Design and build quality
The Portronics Yogg X has a minimal yet elegant design that looks very attractive in hand.
The rounded aluminium watch face blends very well with the rubber strap material. This strap features a hole and pin mechanism to wrap around your wrist.
The quality of the strap material is excellent. The soft rubber is gentle with the skin and won’t cause rashes or irritations when worn for extended periods of time.
The watch face has a glossy circular ring around for aesthetic purposes which makes this smartwatch look way too premium.
The Portronics Yogg X features a 1.2-inch touch-enabled OLED display, which is a first of its kind in this price segment.
OLED displays offer excellent contrast levels as they turn off the pixels on a black background, making the image/text look sharper and more vivid.
The display on the Yogg X is very much visible even when it’s used outdoors on a bright sunny day.
The OLED technology also helps save battery as the number of pixels lit up during a specific time period is less than those in the LCD panels.
The only downside about this display is that it isn’t a coloured display and has a single blue output. However, the blue accent on a totally dark background looks awesome in a sense.
This budget smart watch has fitness-related features and smart connectivity graciously fused into an elegant watch form factor.
The smart wristband functions of this device include step meter, calorie burn calculator, distance measurement and sleep monitoring.
These functions may be rudimentary when compared with the dedicated fitness bands, but remember this is a smartwatch and these features aren’t its first preferences, to begin with.
The Portronics Yogg X has Bluetooth v4.0 support which helps it to get connected with your smartphone with minimal energy consumption.
You can use the Yogg X App from the Play Store to set the sync for the messages and calls notification on this smartwatch. You can also get notifications from social networks such as Facebook and WhatsApp on this device.
Additionally, there’s the anti-lost function that will locate your phone if it is present in the vicinity of Bluetooth range of the smartwatch.
This device is powered by a 55mAh Li-ion battery. The battery takes two hours to charge from the empty state and lasts for 8-9 hours of screen on time.
Charging this device is incredibly easy, thanks to the magnetic dock on which the watch can be placed directly. There is no need to remove the watch module from the strap.
The Portronics Yogg X is the best-branded smartwatch available in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.5,000.
The bright, vivid OLED display and the convenient magnetic charging port makes this device pit firmly against the competitors and claim the top spot.
Soft and comfortable rubber strap
No colour display
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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