Amazfit Verge 2 and Mi Band 4 set for 11 June release


Welcome to a bumper edition of And Finally, our weekly round up of the rumblings and happenings in the world of wearable technology.

And it’s set to be another game-changing week as Xiami takes the wrappers off its new budget fitness tracker the Mi Band 4 – a series which is one of the biggest selling wearables of all time. Its sub-brand Amazfit is set to be busy as well – and it could spell trouble for the likes of Fitbit.

Read on for the best of the week’s news.

Amazfit Verge 2 to launch 11 June

Amazfit will unveil the Verge 2 smartwatch this week, as a follow up to its hugely popular Amazfit Verge – says a report by GizChina.

The Huami sub-brand – itself owned by Xiaomi – has had a huge 2018, and it’s rumoured the new device will feature a Snapdragon 3200 processor, which should up speed and battery life.

The Amazfit Verge was big on specs and low on price – with GPS and heart rate monitoring packed into watch that retailed for just $160.

Improving battery life and performance will only solidify Amazfit’s growing status within wearables. And don’t forget to check out our guide to the best smartwatches.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 incoming

And finally: Amazfit Verge 2 and Mi Band 4 set for 11 June release

Another device set to appear on 11 June is the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 – which seems to have already leaked online, and is even available for pre-order.

The device should feature a larger 0.78-inch 120×120 screen, and for the first time, it’s full colour. There’s no electrocardiogram tech as we thought might be included, which means that the Mi Band 4 falls further back from the likes of Apple.

Check out our full guide to the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 – including everything we know to date.

Huawei Watch GT gets update

And finally: Amazfit Verge 2 and Mi Band 4 set for 11 June release

We love the Huawei Watch GT’s feature mix and battery life – but that’s partly down to the screen turning off when not in use. However, Phandroid reports that a new update means it’s now up to the user if they want to maximize battery life in this way – or have an always-on display.

The over-the-air update is available now, but always on isn’t enabled by default. To enable it, go to Settings > Display > Advanced > Standby and choose the watch face. Make sure you check out our Huawei Watch GT review.

Fitbit could prevent digestive illnesses

And finally: Amazfit Verge 2 and Mi Band 4 set for 11 June release

If you suffer from IBD (Irritable Bowl Disorder), Crohns or other digestive illnesses, your Fitbit could soon predict flare-ups of certain conditions.

That’s the conclusion of a year-long study by the University of Chicago (reported by Hiconsultant), which paired participants with a Fitbit and smartphone app.

The Fitbit tracked sleep, heart rate and activity while the app tracked illness symptoms – and it led to some interesting relationships between the two.

The study found correlation between lower steps and higher resting heart rate the week before a digestive flare up.

There’s no sign of this becoming a core Fitbit feature any time soon – but make sure you read our guide to the Fitbit heart rate monitor.

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