Mobvoi’s new TicWatch GTH Pro might look like any other smartwatch or fitness tracker, but it boasts advanced heart-monitoring features not available on products from the competition, especially those in the sub-$100 category. Here is how it fares against Zepp Health’s Amazfit Bip U Pro which has a similar design and is feature-packed as well.

Mobvoi and Zepp Health (formerly Huami) might be different companies but have a lot in common. Not only are they both headquartered in China and heavily invested in wearables with their TicWatch and Amazfit brands, but they also make treadmills and audio products. Mobvoi has multiple earbuds sold under the Ticpods brand, while Zepp Health’s earbuds which boast built-in health-tracking features are sold under the Amazfit brand.

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The TicWatch GTH Pro and the Amazfit Bip U Pro share a similar design. They both have square dials, but the TicWatch sports a metal case while the Bip U Pro settles for a polycarbonate one. The material used for the straps is also different — TPU on the TicWatch and silicon rubber on the Amazfit — but they are both 20mm in size and replaceable. The Amazfit Bip U Pro measures 40.9 × 35.5 × 11.4 mm and comes in Black, Green, and Pink colorways, while the TicWatch GTH Pro’s dimensions are 43.2 × 35.2 × 10.5 mm and it is available only in Black.

TicWatch GTH Pro Vs. Amazfit Bip U Pro: Features And Price

The TicWatch GTH Pro has a 1.55-inch display. It has two PPG sensors — one underneath and another on the side — which allow it to measure more than just the heart rate. The sensor on the side can measure what is called arterial waves. These are pressure waves based on the strength of the user’s pulse as blood flows through the body. It combines the data with algorithms based on the SphygmoCor technology developed by the health company, ATCOR. With this, Mobvoi says it can provide a more accurate measurement of a user’s heart rate (TruHR) as well as other health scores such as eCAP (exercise capacity) which is an indication of fitness level; Arterial Age which measures the stiffness of the arteries and cardiovascular health in relation to the user’s biological age, and Arty Score which is a combination of several arterial health parameters into a single score.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro has a smaller 1.43-inch display and runs an RTOS-based operating system, just like the TicWatch. It has a PPG sensor that is capable of 24/7 heart rate measurement, and like the TicWatch GTH Pro, it can also measure blood oxygen levels. Both wearables are capable of sleep tracking, stress monitoring with breathing exercises, and are rated 5ATM for water resistance. However, only the TicWatch has a temperature sensor. The Amazfit Bip U Pro has a menstrual cycle tracker, built-in GPS, and supports more than 60 different sports modes, way more than the 14 sports modes the TicWatch GTH Pro (no GPS too). The Bip U Pro also has Amazon‘s Alexa built-in and a microphone to summon the voice assistant. In terms of battery life, the TicWatch GTH Pro claims it will last up to 10 days with its 260mAh battery while the Amazfit Bip U Pro has a battery life of up to 9 days with a 230mAh unit.

The TicWatch GTH Pro clearly places a focus on arterial health with all of the sensors and tech packed into it, making it a good choice for those who are more concerned about this part of their health. It also does not lack other important health features and even has a temperature sensor. However, it sells for $99.99 and is only available in one color. The Amazfit Bip U Pro ticks all of the boxes for an inexpensive smartwatch. It supports more exercise modes, has a women’s health tracker, a GPS module, and even a built-in voice assistant. The best part is that it is cheaper with its $69.99 price tag and is available in more color options.