Best Budget Smartwatches to Buy in 2021 [Value for Money]

Wearable technology is now more popular than ever. We are in an epoch where wearables are not only associated with health, accessibility and ease of use but also with fashion trends and one’s personality. And, they are freshly earning a swift adulation in the consumer market. Ranging from Gen Z to the xennials, there is a broader admiration, ardor and eagerness for wearables these days.

The famous accessories amongst the wearables are smartwatches. Smartwatches are easily accessible, have a more comprehensive budget horizon, and are probably the most practical ones for general masses (or per se, they appear so). And, their vogue is at a constant leap. Even though the term “smart” in most smartwatches is quite iffy but, we assume, it is just a matter of days when you finally get yourself one. So, we have prepared an extensive list of budget smartwatches that you can consider if you finally wish to wear one.

Ascending Order: Price (High to Low)

1. Amazfit Verge Lite

Amazfit Verge Lite is the oldest and the snazziest looking watch on this list. The watch is made up of polycarbonate material from head to tail, and upon a glance, looks very sporty. The main highlight of the Amazfit Verge Lite is its display. It features a 1.3-inch circular AMOLED display, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, which extends edge-to-edge with the watch’s border. The display is bright, colourful, and the texts are crisp due to its high DPI.

The body of the watch is IP68-rated for dust and water-resistant, and a tactile button on the right can be used as a power/home button.

Coming to the sensors, Verge Lite has a PPG heart rate sensor, multi-axis acceleration sensors, and an ambient light sensor. It also comes equipped with GPS + GLONASS (in-built) to track your trails accurately. The watch, however, lacks an SPO2 sensor for blood oxygen level monitoring and has limited exercise modes. The user experience is smooth, and the UI is pretty simple to get along with.

Amazfit Verge Lite can be paired with the Zepp app (previously Amazfit) or the Mi Fit app, which offer basic customizations and nothing fancy. Not to forget, the watch has an extraordinary battery life, extending over 20 days of prolonged usage (without continuous GPS). The charger, even though it is based on contact charging, isn’t magnetic.


Display: 1.3-inch, 360 x 360 pixels AMOLED display
Weight: 44g (with wrist strap)
Material: Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Anti-fingerprint coating, Polycarbonate
Sensors: PPG heart-rate sensor, 3 Multi-axis acceleration sensor, Ambient light sensor
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
GPS, NFC: Yes (GPS + GLONASS in-built), No NFC
Water Resistance: Yes, IP68 water-resistance
Battery: 390mAh (2.5hrs, magnetic charging)
Battery Life: 20 days+
Companion App: Zepp, Mi Fit
Colors: Grey, White
Price: Rs. 5,999

Buy Here: Amazfit Verge Lite

2. Honor Watch ES

Honor Watch ES was launched around mid-September of 2020 and is the latest budget smartwatch from the company. It distends away from the crowd with its quirky design aesthetics and close sensor accuracy.

Honor Watch ES is built slim and weighs only about 21gm. The watch showcases a 1.64-inches AMOLED display that is colourful, deep and vibrant, further complemented by some absolutely flamboyant watch-faces. The display is tall and provides a stretched footprint to work your fingers on, and the watch does not feel too clustered either. Also, since the display is AMOLED, you get an Always-On feature, a real battery eater, if you ask me.

Honor Watch ES shelters an optical heart-rate sensor and an SPO2 sensor to periodically measure your heart rate and calculate the blood oxygen level. But that is not the end of it. It accredits 95 different workout modes and has automatic workout detection. And the cherry on top, a built-in virtual coach with animated workout instructions. There is also a stress tracking feature, a menstrual cycle calendar and a sleep tracker (which gets more accurate when you enable Huawei’s TruSleep through the companion app).

The watch can combat only up to 10 days of battery usage on a full charge. But, again, it only takes 30 minutes to charge the watch up 70%, so battery life isn’t a big deal. The watch, however, does not support actions on messages and notifications even though you can receive them. Also, the lack of a microphone leads to no voice-actions and call functionality at all.


Display: 1.64-inch, 456 x 280 pixels AMOLED display
Weight: 21g (without the strap)
Sensors: HUAWEI TruSeen™ 4.0 heart-rate monitor, SpO2 monitor, Accelerometer, Gyro
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
GPS, NFC: No (uses phone’s GPS), No NFC
Water Resistance: Yes, 5 ATM
Battery: 180mAh (70% in 30mins)
Battery Life: 10 days
Companion App: Huawei Health
Colors: Meteorite Black, Coral Pink, Icelandic White
Price: Rs. 4,999

Buy Here: Honor Watch ES

3. Realme Watch S

Realme Watch S features a simple, round-dial body resonating with an analog watch design. It houses a 1.3-inch LCD screen, which also provides five different brightness levels and supports auto-brightness to match the environment lighting. For health, fitness and tracking, the watch attributes three sensors: an optical heart-rate sensor, Blood Oxygen Level (SPO2) monitor and an accelerometer, partnered with 16 different sport modes. The watch can endure up to 15 days of daily usage and be fully charged under 2 hours.

For the cons, or let’s say budget limitations, the watch lacks an in-built GPS. The notifications are non-actionable, and the lack of a microphone limits the call actions to a minimum. The body of the watch is IP69-rated, but the watch lacks swimming mode as well.

Realme Watch S is companied with Realme Link App, which you can use to record all of your health stats, set reminders and notifications, and change the watch-faces. It is pretty simple and easy to use.


Display: 1.3-inch, 360 x 360 pixels IPS LCD display
Weight: 48g (with wrist strap)
Sensors: 3-axis Accelerometer, Optical Heart sensor, Photosensitive sensor, Wearing monitoring sensors, SPO2 sensor
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, NFC: No (uses phone’s GPS), No NFC
Water Resistance: Yes, IP68 water-resistance
Battery: 390mAh (1.5hrs, magnetic charging)
Battery Life: 15 days
Companion App: Realme Link
Colors: Black
Price: Rs. 4,999

Buy Here: Realme Watch S

4. Amazfit Bip U

Amazfit Bip U flaunts a squared body design with bevelled corners around. The construction of the watch is quite slim, and the Amazfit Bip U weighs about 31gm. It consists a button on the side that floats the app list upon pressing and doubles up as a back button. The watch is also water resistant for up to 5ATM pressure.

In terms of display, Bip U features a 1.43-inches IPS LCD panel. The colours are vibrant and the display is bright enough to be visible in the day light. It houses a PPG optical heart-rate sensor, a SPO2 sensor and an accelerometer for fitness and tracking. The watch, however, depends on phone’s GPS for tracking your running trails. There is 60+ sport modes and have features like stress tracking, menstrual cycle calendar and sleep tracking that we discussed earlier on Honor Watch ES.


Display: 1.43-inch, 302 x 320 pixels IPS LCD display
Weight: 31g (with strap)
Sensors: PPG optical heart-rate, Acceleration, Gyroscope, SPO2 sensor
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
GPS, NFC: No (uses phone’s GPS), No NFC
Water Resistance: Yes, 5 ATM
Battery: 230mAh (2hrs, contact charging)
Battery Life: 9 days
Companion App: Zepp, Mi Fit
Colors: Black, Green, Pink
Price: Rs. 3,999

Buy Here: Amazfit Bip U

Best Budget Smartwatches Summary:

Smartwatches Price in India
Amazfit Verge Lite Rs. 5,999
Honor Watch ES Rs. 4,999
Realme Watch S Rs. 4,999
Amazfit Bip U Rs. 3,999

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