Xiaomi’s bestseller budget fitness tracker Amazfit Bip has a “lite” version now – Amazfit Bip Lite (not to be confused with the Bip 2). While both the watches have the same display and software, the Bip Lite has undergone some serious hardware changes. It’s really easy to get confused and end up buying the cheaper Bip Lite which is not quite worth the money. So, here are the key differences between the Amazfit Bip and Amazfit Bip Lite that you should know before buying any of them.
Amazfit Bip vs Amazfit Bip Lite
1. Bip Lite has lesser sensors
The Bip Lite is a scaled-down version of the Bip and obviously it has fewer sensors. For starters, it has the same 3-axis accelerometer and the PPG heart sensor. So in real-life usage, the step counting and heart rate measurement is similar on both the bands.
But, the Bip Lite loses on the most important inbuilt GPS which was the unique selling point of the original Bip. I am into outdoor and trail running and the biggest downside is that the Bip Lite cannot track your route without the phone. And in that case, it gets highly inaccurate with the distance. This means the activity tracking of the Bip Lite is entirely dependent on your smartphone’s GPS.
Bip Lite doesn’t have an inbuilt GPS, compass and barometer.
Lastly, the Bip Lite also loses on the compass and barometer. I haven’t used these options a lot but if you are into hiking or uphill running, it might be a bummer for you guys.
2. Bip Lite lacks custom watch faces
Another thing which impressed me about the Bip was the huge third-party watch face support. You had the option to either create your own watch face or download a custom watch face from the Internet. I had been knocking a pebble watch face on my Amazfit Bip for the past 6 months and it added a good flavor to the watch experience. Unfortunately, the Mi Fit or the Amazefit app doesn’t support adding custom watch faces to the Bip Lite and there is no way you can push one to the watch.
Talking about third-party stuff, you can still use other third-party apps like GadgetBridge or Notify & Fitness for Amazfit with the Bip Lite. Here is our detailed guide on the best Amazfit Bip tips and tricks.
3. Bip Lite lacks a quality strap
It might not seem at first glance but after a couple of days of usage, I felt the strap quality on the Bip Lite is slightly inferior. It caused great annoyance on my wrist and it wasn’t the case with the original Bip. However, this could be a problem with my specific unit but I would still like to point it out.
4. Bip Lite has better Battery Life
Battery Life is the only edge Bip Lite has over the Bip. It carries a slightly bigger 200 mAh battery over the 190 mAh battery on the original Bip. But, the major boost in battery life is due to the striping off of the sensors. The Bip Lite promises a battery life of about 45 days on average usage and this holds true in my testing. With even a heavy usage, I could easily pull off the Bip Lite for about a month.
On the other hand, the Bip used to last around 20-25 days with an outdoor activity a day and continuous heart rate monitoring while sleep.
Wrapping Up: Which one should you choose?
The Amazfit Bip costs around $70 if you can grab it on a sale. Whereas the Bip Lite is priced around $60 and I don’t find a reason to suggest it. The Bip offers more value for money and features with just a $10 hike. I would really recommend you to go for the Amazfit Bip and just skip the Bip Lite.
For more queries or issues, let me know in the comments below.