Best Smartwatches Under Rs.5,000

by | Nov 13, 2018

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 in to the market, the competition in smartwatches has intensified and the costs have considerably came 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 BipOverall Best Pick
2. Intex IRIST PRO Runner-up pick
3. SKMEI GS10347Best Fitness Based Smartwatch
4. Captcha T11Best Build-Quality
5. VibeX GT08(e)Apple Watch Clone

1. Huami Amazfit Bip

Overall Best Pick
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 is 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 1.2-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 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

Battery life is the best aspect of the Huami Amazfit smartwatch. It will last you up to a whopping 30 days 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?

Verdict

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 outdoor.

With GPS tracking built-in, you won’t get lost wandering in the woods or desert for sure with this smartwatch.

R

IP68 certified

R

Up to 30 days battery life

R

GPS tracking

Q

No ambient light sensor

Q

Can’t reply to the notifications

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialSilicone
SIM CardNo
BatteryUp to 30 Days
Memory
Camera
Warranty1 Year

2. Intex Irist Pro

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • 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 gesture 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 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.

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.

R

Intuitive UI

R

Magnetic charging dock

R

Curved display

Q

Bulky bezels

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialSilicone
SIM CardNo
Battery400mAh
Memory128MB ROM, 64MB RAM
CameraNo
Warranty6 Months

3. SKMEI GS10347

Best fitness Based Smartwatch
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 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 colored strap which looks very much appealing considering the black color 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.

Spy camera

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 are of much better quality compared to the rest.

Battery life

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.

 Verdict

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 anyday 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.

R

Solid build

R

Accurate sensors

R

Good battery life

Q

No SIM slot

Q

Look bulky

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialSilicone
SIM CardNo
Battery8 – mAh
Memory
CameraNo
Warranty

4. Captcha T11

Best Build-Quality
Best Build-Quality
  • Suited for outdoor activities
  • Attractive dial design
  • Auto sync feature works great

Captcha is a Chinese smart wearable manufacturer that makes high-quality smartwatches at a very aggressive price bracket.

Captcha T11 is one such offering from the company with an amazing build quality and stylish design.

Even in the features department, Captcha does not skimp and provides useful additions to the operating system on their own.

Design and build quality

The T11 has a rounded dial and a fairly decent screen with acceptable brightness levels.

The design of this smartwatch is aesthetically pleasing and the overall build feels premium due to the quality material used for construction.

The sturdy feels offers a peace of mind realizing that a couple of falls won’t hamper the usability of the device.

User Interface

The user interface of this device is very intuitive and easy to navigate around.

Even first-timers can use the smartwatch without having the need to go through the supplied user manual.

This device mainly caters the Android users as iOS devices limit the functionalities that this smartwatch offers.

Features

This smartwatch has an interesting feature called wrist massage that will utilize the vibration motor inside to gently massage your wrist.

Albeit being a battery hogging process, this is definitely a welcome addition to the category.

There is also a heart rate monitor to measure your pulse and a body sensor to map the temperature.

Sync

The Captcha T11 can be easily paired with Android as well as the iOS device via Fun Do app or MediaTek smart device app on both the platforms.

The fitness data that is collected by the sensors on the device will automatically sync with the phone.

Battery life

Captcha T11 is powered by a rechargeable 250mAh Li-ion battery inside.

This battery takes about three hours to charge up fully and lasts for about 10 hours on a single charge.

However with the cellular connectivity turned on, the battery lasts for about 4 hours or less depending up on the quality of the network.

Verdict

The Captcha T11 is an excellent device that comes with a great combination of build quality and features.

The weak battery being the only gripe, this device does perform well and has packed in a lot of features at an competitive price point.

R

Sturdy build

R

Wrist massager

R

Bluetooth 4.1 consumes less power

Q

Battery backup

Specifications

Water ResistantNo
Strap MaterialSilicone
SIM CardNo
Battery250 – mAh
Memory32 MB ROM, 32 MB RAM
CameraNo
Warranty1 Year warranty

5. VibeX GT08(e)

Apple Watch Clone
Apple Watch Clone
  • Apple fanboys rejoice!
  • Best suited with Android phones
  • Anti-lost feature built in

Vibe is a Chinese company that makes smart wearable with a design language inspired (cough!) from the giants like Apple and Samsung.

It seems VibeX has not only taken the design cues from its big brother Apple but also the design as it is.

Design and build quality

The GT08(e) has a square dial resembling the Apple watch obviously with a less than inspiring display unit.

The watch ironically works best with Android  phones and the functionality is limited when used with an iOS device.

The rubberized strap is thick and resembles the Apple watch a lot.

Hardware features

The speakers are placed on the side, and the sound quality is decent.

There is a SIM slot at the back that will provide the smartwatch with cellular connectivity on the go.

A camera at the front lets you take uninspiring selfies that won’t look any better.

To take care of the undersized memory, there is an expansion slot at the back.

Anti-lost function

Anti-lost function on this smartwatch will let you find your phone at a tap of a button in case you have the habit of forgetting your phone.

This feature only works when both these devices are in the vicinity of each other.

Battery life

Powered by a 280mAh battery, this smartwatch will last for a day on light usage.

Verdict

If you love Apple products, especially the Apple watch, but doesn’t have the money in hand to own one, probably you should take a look at this device.

From a distance, it resembles the Apple watch and might satiate your soul at least for w while when someone asks about it.

Packed to the brim with features, this is one of the best Apple watch clone in the market that you can purchase under Rs.5,000.

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Cellular connectivity

R

1.3MP camera

R

Apple watch design

Q

Average screen quality

Q

Performance is not fluid

Specifications

Water ResistantYes
Strap MaterialRubber
SIm cardYes
Battery280 –  mAh
Memory64 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM
CameraYes, 1.3MP
Warranty1 Year warranty

That 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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