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Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Stratos 2 Smartwatch [UNBOXING]

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We got our hands on one interesting smartwatch which was, weirdly enough, made by two different companies. Huami is a corporation which makes wearable gadgets, and they made this smartwatch which allegedly uses Xiaomi’s chipset inside. Hope that clears up the naming confusion they caused.

Regardless of naming, this smartwatch is below any of it’s popular counterparts in price. Still, Huami praises it’s various functions like a heartbeat sensor, body oxygen usage calculation, GPS, waterproofing and specialized modes for various sports. How did Huami and Xiaomi manage to put that many features while keeping a relatively sane price is what we’ll see in the upcoming review.

Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Stratos 2 Smartwatch Specs

Model: Stratos 2
CPU:1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor
RAM: 512 MB
ROM: 4 GB
Expandable memory: Not available
Connectivity: WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2
Screen: OLED – 320×300
Battery: 280mAh, non-removable
Box contents: Smartwatch, Quick Start Guide, Dock for charging and data transfer
Price: $189.99 on Gearbest

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HONOR MagicWatch 2 Upgrading Sports Experience with 100 Workout Modes

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Whether the users are into mainstream sports or something a little more experimental, they can enjoy the unique perks offered through various tracking modes on the HONOR MagicWatch 2.

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The HONOR MagicWatch 2 supports 15 professional workout modes including eight outdoor activities (running, walking, mountain climbing, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming, triathlon) and seven indoor activities (walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, free training, elliptical machine, rower). In professional workout modes, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 provides comprehensive monitoring that can track 194 types of data – all to help the users to get the most out of their workout. The HONOR MagicWatch 2 can also automatically detect 6 professional workout modes, offering a smarter sporting experience.

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The HONOR MagicWatch 2 also supports 85 customised workout modes that cover six categories of sports: extreme, leisure, fitness, aquatics, ball games and winter sports. The activities range from street dance to parkour, rock climbing to yoga, and ballet to boxing. While users are enjoying their favourite sports, HONOR MagicWatch 2 will record key data such as duration, calories burnt, heart rate, providing users with scientific exercise planning and generating an infographic with the data to share on social media with just one click.

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15 professional workout modesData194
Outdoor runningTrail (distance), workout time, heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), altitude (minimum and maximum altitude), stride frequency (average stride frequency and maximum stride frequency), calories, average running pace, average speed, average stride, steps, cumulative elevation gain, cumulative elevation loss, maximum oxygen uptake17
Indoor runningHeart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), average running pace, stride frequency (average stride frequency and maximum stride frequency), distance, workout time, calories, average speed, average stride, steps12
Outdoor CyclingDistance, workout time, calories, average running pace, speed (average speed, maximum speed), heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), cumulative elevation gain, cumulative elevation loss, altitude (minimum and maximum altitude), recovery time14
Outdoor WalkingDistance, workout time, calories, average running pace, stride frequency (average stride frequency and maximum stride frequency), altitude (minimum and maximum altitude), average stride, steps, cumulative elevation gain, training performance(recovery time), heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone)16
Indoor WalkingHeart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), average running pace, stride frequency (average stride frequency and maximum stride frequency), distance, workout time, calories, average speed, average stride, steps12
Indoor CyclingHeart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), calories, workout time5
Pool swimmingSwim strokes recognition, pool length, workout time, swimming laps, stroke counts, SWOLF (average SWOLF, the best SWOLF), stroke frequency (stroke frequency and maximum stroke frequency), heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), calories, average swimming pace, distance15
Open water swimmingDistance, heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), SWOLF (average SWOLF, the best SWOLF), calories, workout time, swim strokes recognition, stroke counts, average heart rate, average swimming pace, stroke frequency (stroke frequency and maximum stroke frequency)15
Mountain climbingTrail (distance), speed (average speed, maximum speed), heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), altitude (minimum and maximum altitude), workout time, calories, average pace, average stride frequency, average stride, cumulative elevation gain, cumulative elevation loss, training performance(aerobic/anaerobic), SpO219
HikingDistance, workout time, calories, heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), stride frequency (average stride frequency and maximum stride frequency), average stride, steps, cumulative elevation gain, cumulative elevation loss13
Trail runningPace (average pace, maximum pace), stride frequency (stride frequency and maximum stride frequency), distance, workout time, average speed, average stride, steps, cumulative elevation gain, heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone)13
TriathlonDistance, workout time, calories, sports pattern recognition, separate sports pattern distance, separate sports pattern workout time, swim strokes recognition, average SWOLF, average pace, calories in separate sports pattern, heart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), cumulative elevation gain, cumulative elevation loss, maximum speed, average stride frequency, average stride19
Elliptical machineHeart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), calories, workout time, training performance (aerobic/anaerobic)8
RowerHeart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), calories, workout time, training performance (aerobic/anaerobic)8
Free trainingHeart rate (average heart rate, maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone), calories, workout time, training performance (aerobic/anaerobic)8
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HONOR MagicWatch 2 Artist Collection Design and HONOR MagicBook 14 Co-design Sleeve Now Available

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HONOR, a leading global smartphone brand, announces that the HONOR MagicWatch 2 and and HONOR MagicBook 14 will be offering a new bundle with a series of limited artist edition watch straps and PC sleeves on HIHONOR.COM in France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and Netherlands starting from 3rd June. The matching watch faces are also available for download on Huawei Health App. As a brand that embodies both cutting-edge technologies as well as bold and sleek designs, HONOR is excited to work with a selection of well-known artists and designers from around the world who truly embody our bold, adventurous spirit, including Jacky Tsai, contemporary pop artist on the rise, and Giovvanni Ozzola, the Italian artist who is known for its multi-medium artistic practice. As part of the 1+8+N IOT (Internet of Things) strategy, HONOR is commited to creating innovative, fashion forward wearable technology including the HONOR MagicWatch 2, with the aim of creating a more intelligent, connected world.

HONOR x Jacky Tsai

An Innovative Fusion of Pop Art and Chinese Craftmanship

Jacky Tsai, one of the world’s influential contemporary pop artists, created the limited edition design for the HONOR MagicWatch 2. Based in London, the Chinese artist is known for his vibrant style and inventive approach to design which fuses traditional eastern artistic techniques and imagery with western Pop Art.

While studying for his Masters at Central St. Martins, London, Tsai came into the limelight when he created the iconic floral skull emblem for legendary designer Alexander McQueen. The floral skull motif has been used across many of his artworks since then and has made Jacky a bit of an icon in the art and fashion world. Tsai’s diverse works have gained him international acclaim and his work has been showcased around the globe at key exhibitions in London, Moscow, Hong Kong, New York, and Singapore.

The Floral Horse

Tsai’s work is vibrant in color and often incorporsates elements of traditional Chinese legends. With the eye-catching limited-edition design he created for the HONOR MagicWatch 2 and HONOR MagicBook 14, named “Floral Horse”, Jacky fuses elements of pop art with iconic eastern influences using splashes of colour across the watch faces and straps, creating a balance and harmony between cultural extremes. In ‘Floral Horse,’ Jacky uses his vibrant style and inventive approach, combining flowers, rocks, equestrianism and many other elements to build a strong decorative character.

HONOR x Giovvanni Ozzola

Experimenting with light, photography and sculpture in “One Day” and “Ficus”

Born in Florence, in 1982, Giovanni Ozzola lives and works in Canary Islands. As an artist who continuously explore various mediums in his practice, Ozzola works primariy in photography, as well as video and sculptural installation. His artworks have been exhibited internationally in several world’s important public and private institutions, among them Fosun Foundation in Shanghai, 313 Art Project in Seoul, District 6 Museum in Cape Town, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Tate Modern in London, Fundacion Unicaja in Malaga and Galleria Continua.

One Day

“One Day” blends graffiti with a sunrise scene to express both the frantic and the quiet, natural moments in life. It meditates on the uninterrupted mingling of graffiti and the scene of sunrise to smartly combine the frantic, artificial side and the quiet, natural moments in life. And you can also feel the power through the contrast between the limited circle and the infinite horizon.

Ficus

“Ficus” is an exploration of space and light. The artist’s capture of the leaves in different lighting conditions, adding depth and dimension to the final design, as well as bringing in more edges to the still objects. You can feel a sense of quietness by the light play under black and white.

HONOR x Wang DongLing

Reinterpreting Historical Calligraphy with “Cheng Hao, ‘Autumn Moon’, Entangled Script”

Wang Dongling is widely recognized as China’s greatest living calligrapher and is known for his large abstract works that he calls “calligraphic paintings.” Bringing together poetry and painting, Dongling creates his work through performances where he translates the text of ancient Chinese verses into gestural interpretations of traditional characters. His work has been showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and other famous museums worldwide.

Wang Dongling is widely recognized as China’s greatest living calligrapher and is known for his monumental dynamic cursive script calligraphy. In his limited-edition design for the HONOR MagicWatch 2, Wang incorporates elements of his signature experimental calligraphic style, with powerful brush-and-ink strokes using deep olive green hues.

HONOR x Zhou Li

Creating movement and rhythm with dynamic lines and brunch strokes with the “The Peach Garden-Pink – Lines NO.3”

Known for her oriental aesthetic and acute sensory observations of the world, Zhou Li is one of the most influential female artists in China. Zhou creates paintings, sculptures, installations and public arts using multiple mediums including oil painting, ink, charcoal and cotton textiles. Drawing upon the time she spent in both China and France, Zhou’s work is influenced by European painting as well as the central tenets of traditional Chinese art, harnessing both styles to develop her signature painting style.

In her limited edition designs for the HONOR MagicWatch 2 “The Peach Garden-Pink – Lines NO.3”, Zhou combines dynamic lines and brush strokes to represent flowing energy, adding a moving and vigorous look to the surface of the artwork.

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HONOR MagicWatch 2: Innovation Made Personal

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HONOR is a rising technology brand and is loved by young people all over the world. With many impressive smartphone products equipped with industry-leading technologies and a competitive price point, HONOR continuously endeavors to adventure into new territories to offer more possibilities and choices to customers.

HONOR makes another big move in wearable marketing by officially launching the MagicWatch 2 in overseas markets. As part of the HONOR IoT offering, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 shows the brand’s commitment to more innovations in various product lines and keeps a forward-thinking mindset for a more connected world. This is also one of the HONOR’s milestones in its 1+8+N IoT strategy aiming to continuously create an intelligent and fully-integrated experience for consumers.

FUSING DESIGN-THINKING WITH A SENSE OF YOUNG AND BOLD

HONOR believes that a fashion watch can do more than just tell the time. Made from refined 316L stainless steel, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 adopts a fully circular silhouette inspired by the classic chronograph watch. Its sleek curves are ergonomically designed to make the HONOR MagicWatch 2 an outstanding masterpiece. The timeless and customizable aesthetic makes the watch easier to match with different styles for any occasion. The HONOR MagicWatch 2 is available in two sizes – 46mm and 42mm, so you can choose the size that works and looks best on your wrist.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 showcases breezy creativity by unveiling a lightweight and minimalistic design. A dynamic watch ring and a distinctive color-contrasting button excites the users’ imagination for an appealing experience. The 46mm variant is designed with an auto-racing watch panel, allowing for a sporty, bold and adventurous look. It is also worth mentioning that the HONOR MagicWatch 2 incorporates the chic and eye-catching red line on the upper button, giving the watch a distinctive personality.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2’s 42mm variant is designed with fashion in mind. The smooth and sleek design makes the watch look like a shiny pebble from the side. It is not only a smart-watch, but a fashion gadget on your wrist.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 has single 3D glass and a 9.4mm ultra-slim watch case, embodying the brand’s “Less is More” design philosophy. In order to achieve a sleeker and cleaner look, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 had to go through 40 processing steps. The edges of the glass panel were smoothed into a C-curve using “High-Precision Glass technology,” which takes 15 to 20 minutes longer than the usual CNC grinding technology. The bezel of the watch consists of five different layers, these are the Glass Layer, Dials Layer, 3D Texture Layer, NCVM Layer and Black Layer. The 3D Texture Layer balances light and shadows while the NCVM Layer helps to achieve a better reflective result, unveiling a multi-dimensional design.

The body of the HONOR MagicWatch 2 adopts dual-texture craftsmanship that seamlessly incorporates every component, enabling the HONOR MagicWatch 2 to look cohesive and exquisite. Two different textures can be found on the side of the watch, resembling the classic chronograph watch while saving on space and keeping the watch lightweight.

Customized design allows you to make your watch slick and personal

Design creativity is all about intuition and going along with the consumer psyche, the HONOR MagicWatch 2’s customizable design adheres to these principles. To help you stand out from the crowd, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 houses multiple built-in clock face design options and enables you to customize the clock face with your own photos, adapting perfectly to your style and personality. Not only does it have customizable watch faces and a timeless design, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 comes with four different straps made from elastic rubber (an eco-friendly hypoallergenic material), leather and metal for you to customize on any occasion. Each watch-face represents a different user group, all of which have unique stories based on their specific activities or momentary desires, which is represented in both the variety of features and overall style.

Charcoal Black Watch Strap: Black Fluoroelastomer Strap
Flax Brown Watch Strap: Genuine Italian Leather

KIRIN A1 – WORLDS’ FIRST BT AND BLE 5.1 WEARABLE CHIPSET TO BOOST UP TO 14-DAY LONG BATTERY LIFE AND STEADY PERFORMANCE

One of the biggest challenges for wearable products is short battery life. HONOR has solved this with a dual-chip low power-consumption design. Applying a multi-core high-integrated heterogeneous chipset design, Kirin A1, the first self-developed wearable chip with efficient Cortex-M7 processor, helps the HONOR MagicWatch 2 achieve rapid computing, a long battery life, faster transmission and more precise heart rate monitoring at ultra-low levels of power consumption.

The most outstanding feature is the smart power-saving algorithm 2.0 mode. It allows the HONOR MagicWatch 2 to identify users’ application scenarios and come up with best performance settings using its AI learning capacity to achieve a personalized and highly suitable performance. In addition to the impressive long-lasting battery life, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 offers users an immensely faster transmission rate and wider range. Users can watch TV in the living room and charge their smartphones in the bedroom while reviewing the cover range of the HONOR MagicWatch 2 at the same time.

EVOLVED TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE THE PRECISION OF HEALTH MONITORING

To take personalized wellness to the next level, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 utilizes three core technologies to provide users with real-time guidance and insights. Equipped with the HUAWEI TruSleep™2.0, HUAWEI TruRelax™, and HUAWEI TruSeen™ 3.5, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 can be your wellness advisor to help you live healthier and improve your quality of life. All the advanced and well-thought-out features are hugely beneficial in optimizing your daily routine.

Heart Rate Monitoring – HUAWEI TruSeen™ 3.5

HUAWEI TruSeen™ 3.5 uses PPG (photoplethysmography) sensors which use light-based technology to detect the rate of blood flow as controlled by the heart’s pumping action. This makes it better suited for users to track their heart-rate in real-time. A reminder will be sent to users when the heart rate goes above 100 bpm or below 50 bpm for 10 continuous minutes whilst inactive. Users can view all real-time heart rate data on the Huawei Health APP to help monitor their health.

Furthermore, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 delivers industry-leading accuracy in heart rate monitoring under all workout modes. It can monitor the heart rate 24/7 based on the threshold set by users and can raise an alarm when an abnormal heart rate is detected. With an adaptive algorithm to enhance signal reception, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 also performs well underwater to allow for heart rate monitoring while swimming.

Sleep Monitor – HUAWEI TruSleep™ 2.0

HUAWEI TruSleep™ 2.0 is a sleep monitoring technology that can evaluate your sleep quality through a six-axis acceleration sensor, real-time heart rate monitoring, breathing quality and big data analysis. Currently, there are over 10 million users that leverage this technology to monitor and improve their sleeping quality.

HUAWEI TruSleep™ 2.0 can accurately identify REM sleep, shallow sleep, light sleep, early rising, dreaming and overall irregular sleeping patterns. It can provide over 200 corresponding suggestions tailored to your sleeping habits to improve sleep quality. The infrared monitoring is also available to ensure the sleep tracking can continue throughout the night without light disturbance.

Stress Monitor – HUAWEI TruRelax™

Enabled by HUAWEI TruRelax™ technology, the watch can detect your stress levels and indicate if you are getting stressed out throughout the day, helping you to ease your mind and body. Assisted by the HRV (Heart Rate Variability) Algorithm which is measured using a variation in the beat-to-beat interval, the HUAWEI TruRelax™ is able to measure users’ stress level. A higher HRV means a fitter and healthier heart and is a powerful indicator of heart fitness over time. The HONOR MagicWatch 2 can provide a highly accurate stress measurement and offer breathing exercises to alleviate your stress. (Stress monitor only available for Android devices)

15 GOAL-BASED FITNESS MODES TO BE YOUR EVERYDAY FITNESS COMPANION

With the support of the dedicated R&D fitness research center in Finland, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 is capable of tracking 15 dedicated fitness modes including eight outdoor and seven indoor sports. It is also pre-installed with 13 professional running courses and detailed data analysis of activities to enhance your training performance with voice guidance. In cooperation with FirstBeat, the leading provider of physiological analytics for sports and well-being, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 can provide professional exercise data for more efficient workouts. Whether it be for a beginner or an advanced player, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 is definitely a smart workout partner.

By leveraging the heart-rate monitoring technology, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 can manage exercise intensity to help avoid straining. It divides the users’ performance into five distinct heart rate zones to track the quality of their training or exercise.

Swimming – with water resistance up to 50 meters, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 can monitor your heart rate while you are swimming underwater and records your SWOLF score, distance, speed and burned calories. Underwater heart-rate monitoring has always been a challenge due to light reflections and dynamic movements. However, HONOR overcame this by leveraging the HUAWEI TruSeen™ 3.5 technology, which enhances light intensity detection, filters the reflection of interfering light and enlarges the sample size.

Running – when you are running outdoors, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 allows you to run with a virtual pacesetter. This helps you keep up your target pace, especially for long-distance running. The HONOR MagicWatch 2 provides users with VO2max and it is a metric that describes your body’s ability to bring oxygen into your body.It is the most valuable measurement of performance capacity for personalizing your calorie counts, training programs and feedback that will support you along the way. Supported by VO2MAX, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 is capable of seeing users’ true fitness level, identifying the right fitness and performance goals, tracking progress, offering motivation, and providing personalized metrics, feedback and guidance.

Climbing/trail run – while you are hiking, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 offers detailed data including altitude, barometer readings, a 3D rendering of the route and a built-in compass.

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