If you look at Chinese companies you will see that many of them sell smartwatches and some are really cheap, way under $100. In my opinion, most of them are not smartwatches but fitness trackers. I consider that to be able to call such a device a smartwatch, it has to have truly smart capabilities like AI features and the possibility to install applications. If all it does is show notifications, track activity and display the time, it is a fitness tracker.
Such a device was now released by Blackview, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that is known for rugged devices. The Blackview X1 is advertised as a smartwatch but I consider it a fitness tracker. Nevertheless, the X1 is an interesting piece of hardware that is worth checking out. It comes with a round 1.3″ screen with 240*240 resolution and it does resemble a traditional watch. The device is powered by a 260mAh battery and Blackview claims that it can last up to 10 days on a single charge.
Like all fitness trackers, the Blackview X1 can track your activity and has build=in detection for 9 sports modes, like running, walking, hiking, or cycling. It also comes with an optical heart rate monitor. When paired with a smartphone it can display notifications as well as incoming calls, but you can’t answer the phone or reply to the messages. On the bright side, the Blackview X1 is water-resistant and can survive up to 5m underwater for as long as 30 minutes.