Smartwatches have become an indispensable part of many people’s lives, serving not only as timepieces but also as versatile devices that monitor health, track sports activities, receive notifications, and facilitate contactless payments. In 2023, the smartwatch market continues to thrive with the introduction of 7 standout products: HUAWEI WATCH GT 4, Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro, Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple Watch Series 9, Garmin Venu 3S, and Amazfit Balance.
1: HUAWEI WATCH GT 4
Building on the success of its predecessor, the HUAWEI Watch GT 4 maintains strengths such as its display, battery life, and the HarmonyOS operating system. The 41mm variant draws inspiration from the conveyor belt, offering a minimalist, sleek, and elegant design. Meanwhile, the 46mm variant boasts four unique designs with an Octagon geometric shape. Both versions provide users with a lightweight and comfortable wearing experience.
The second highlight of this smartwatch is its impressive battery life. Both variants offer maximum usage durations of 14 days and 7 days, respectively. These figures are particularly noteworthy compared to Samsung and Apple Watch models, which typically last only 1 to 2 days. Additionally, the WATCH GT 4 series is equipped with new health-tracking features and enhanced GPS technology.
2: Galaxy Watch6 Classic
The Galaxy Watch6 Classic makes its mark with the reintroduction of the rotating bezel at the Unpacked event in July. Samsung has also upgraded health care features, workout tracking, and the watch’s connectivity with devices within the Galaxy ecosystem.
One of the standout features of the Galaxy Watch6 Classic is its comprehensive and in-depth sleep tracking capabilities. This feature sets the Galaxy Watch6 apart from its competitors, which usually focus on physical activity-related metrics. In addition to sleep tracking, the Galaxy Watch6 Classic can monitor and analyze metrics related to physical exercises and running.
Beyond health tracking features, the Galaxy Watch6 Classic’s connectivity capabilities within the Galaxy ecosystem have been significantly improved. Users can make calls, answer messages, and make contactless payments using the watch’s NFC without needing a phone.
3: Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro
Another notable smartwatch from the past year is the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro, marking Xiaomi’s official transition to WearOS instead of using its proprietary operating system.
Design is the first highlight of the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro. Unlike smartwatches typically designed for women, such as the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro has a robust appearance with bold lines and a large bezel. Furthermore, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro has received high praise for its health and fitness tracking capabilities.
4: Apple Watch Series 9
Although not significantly different from its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 9 still impresses users with its bright display, unique Double Tap gesture, and youthful pink color.
The most notable upgrade for this model is the display. Apple equipped the Apple Watch Series 9 with a maximum brightness of up to 2,000 nits, double that of its predecessor. Additionally, a new Double Tap gesture has been introduced to allow users to interact quickly without touching the watch’s screen.
Moreover, the Apple Watch Series 9 features a new S9 chipset with over 60% more semiconductors and a 30% faster speed than the S8 chip in the previous generation. Apple also integrated the second-generation Ultra Wideband chipset into this watch to help users locate their iPhones more easily and accurately.
5: Apple Watch Ultra 2
Similar to the Apple Watch Series 9, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 catches users’ attention with a display twice as bright as its predecessor, a unique Double Tap gesture, and the new S9 chipset. With a maximum brightness of 3,000 nits, users can comfortably view information from the watch, even in challenging environments such as deserts or mountainous terrain.
Next is the Double Tap gesture on the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Double Tap allows users to interact quickly and easily with the watch without touching the screen. Although the appearance does not have many differences from the first generation, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 has a slightly larger battery capacity, extending its usage time to 72 hours in low-power mode. These improvements, while small, bring many benefits to users in their daily usage.
6: Garmin Venu 3S
Alongside products from Samsung and Apple, the Garmin Venu 3S is also a smartwatch that has garnered attention from users in Thailand. This model stands out with its slim and lightweight design, excellent battery life, and professional health tracking features.
Additionally, the Garmin Venu 3S series this year has added a new feature for tracking short naps, alongside meditation features and nightly sleep tracking. Furthermore, the Garmin Venu 3S is a rare smartwatch that supports training features for wheelchair users. Especially at the current time, Garmin Venu 3S users in Vietnam can make payments using Garmin Pay without needing to use their phones.
7: Amazfit Balance
The last name on this list is the Amazfit Balance. The product stands out with its exceptional battery life, large display, smooth operating system, and distinctive design. First is the impressive battery life; the Amazfit Balance can operate continuously for 14 days with regular use or 5 days with activity tracking modes, sleep tracking, and Always On Display activated. This is an impressive figure compared to other smartwatches on the market today, surpassing products from Samsung or Apple.
Furthermore, the Amazfit Balance is equipped with a high-quality display with a 1.5-inch AMOLED panel and a maximum brightness of up to 1,500 nits. This allows users to comfortably use the watch outdoors. Additionally, the Zepp OS operating system on the Amazfit Balance is loaded with many useful features for health tracking and care. Accompanying this are over 100 deep workout modes suitable for various user needs.
In conclusion, 2023 is a vibrant year for the smartwatch market with the introduction of many new products from major brands. Among them, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is the most attention-grabbing smartwatch with a 3,000-nit brightness display, the highest in the current smartwatch lineup. Alongside this, options such as the Galaxy Watch6 Classic, HUAWEI WATCH GT 4, Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro, and Amazfit Balance are also appealing and worth considering for the upcoming Tet holiday.