Chinese manufacturers are slowly learning good things. This time, Xiaomi’s “daughter” – Imilab, distinguished itself, which introduced an update to the smart watch line. We are talking about the Imilab W12 model — a simple entry-level smart watch with acceptable quality and decent autonomy. First of all, I note a decent screen quality. The Chinese did not regret the 1.32″ IPS matrix. The case is metal, there is no feeling of a cheap thing. And the price is symbolic for this model.
- Model: Imilab W12
- Display: 1.32″, 360 x 360 pixels
- Power: 330 mAh, magnetic charging
- Water protection: IP68
- Band Width: 18mm
- Working time: 7-15 days depending on the activity of use
- Interfaces: Bluetooth 5.0
- Sports modes: 13 modes
- Weight: 27g
The packaging is discreet — a compact white cardboard box with a modest design. Perfect as a gift for a student or teenager. Inside are the watch itself and the kit.
The Imilab W12 watch comes with a magnetic charging cable and a short user manual. The strap is already installed, there is no spare (can be purchased separately).
The watch is quite large: the case diameter is about 46 mm with a thickness of 11 mm. But not very heavy — only 27 g (excluding the strap). On the side there are two hardware buttons — «home» / confirmation and a quick call to the training menu.
The bottom of the case is plastic. IP68 rating is claimed, but I wouldn’t recommend swimming or showering with this watch. Maximum — splashes when washing hands. In the center is a complex «health» sensor that measures the pulse, oxygen level in the blood, etc.
This activity sensor has a backlight from several points at the same time. For interest, I attach a macro photo taken under a microscope. I will note the budget installation.
The strap on the watch is elastic, comfortable. It has two latches at the end at once and a laser engraving «Imilab» on the buckle. The mount is quick-detachable, can be unfastened or changed to a similar strap or bracelet with a landing size of 20 mm.
The charger is equipped with a magnetic mount. It is fixed on the body, pressing against the pads. To remove the charge, you need a little effort. We recharge the watch from an available USB source (mains charger for a smartphone, laptop or computer).
The screen is interesting. The Imilab W12 smart watch is one of the few models in the budget range with a decent screen. On the one hand, the pixels are quite large. On the other hand, the watch does not give the impression of a cheap gadget. An IPS-matrix with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels is used.
To communicate with a smartphone, you will need to download and install the GloryFit application. The application is typical, like most Chinese gadgets. There are some translation nuances, but Russian language support works out of the box.
I will note the possibility of choosing a specific application to send notifications to the watch. Activity cards are also available, including sleep monitoring. The manufacturer has worked out a whole range of «skins» for the main dial — they are available in the corresponding application menu.
Despite the rather wide bezels around the display, the screen looks decent. It is the dark dials that blur the frames that look more advantageous. For example, I am attaching several popular options available in the application.
On the wrist, the watch sits quite well. It can be worn for every day as well. The strap is soft, does not create discomfort during prolonged wear. Notifications in Cyrillic come regularly. Examples of screen cards with daily statistics, SpO2 measurements are attached below.
For size comparison, I use the popular Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smart watch. I will note some similarities (size and case material). Otherwise, these are gadgets of different price categories. On the other hand, Imilab W12 looks worthy against the backdrop of the flagship version of Amazfit watches.
Depending on the activity of use, the watch can “last” from 7 to 15 days on a single charge. The maximum is stated up to 30 in standby mode (without connecting to a smartphone and without training). The watch works with various Android smartphones (MIUI, One UI, etc.). Specifically, in the photo — working with a Realme GT Master Edition smartphone.
If we consider the Imilab W12 smartwatch as a simple entry-level model, then this will be a worthy choice. This model does not give the impression of a cheap gadget, it is quite functional and fulfills its cost. For serious use with detailed notification settings, for a response on the watch, or for careful monitoring of activity, I would choose a more advanced model from other manufacturers.
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With other tests and reviews of gadgets, as well as selections of equipment, you can find the links below and in my profile.