Meizu's $33 fitness band outdoes Fitbit at a fifth the price

Meizu's new fitness wearable doesn't do anything new, but that is not the point.

Meizu is entering the wearables market place, and the common Chinese smartphone maker is taking on one particular of its largest rivals, Xiaomi, in the method. But the fitness tracker, aptly titled Meizu Band, additional reinforces the notion that most wearables sold in North America are, if not overpriced, sold at a considerable premium.

By specs alone, the Meizu outclasses many of the present crop of fitness wearables, with a recessed OLED touchscreen, heart price monitoring, seven-day battery life, automatic multi-activity fitness tracking, and sleep monitoring, along with a magnetic charger to guarantee IP67 water ingress protection and a comfortable rubberized strap.

Although the $33 USD equivalent band will not be launching outside China, at least not for the instant future, it does (or should) renew the conversation about how commoditized fitness wearables have become, and how considerably longer organizations like Fitbit can get away with charging $150 for goods like the Charge 2 — as very good as it could be.

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