The smartwatch market is expanding every quarter, and the price bracket under INR 5,000 is where there is the most competitive. Even well-established watchmakers like Timex have entered this market since this product line is so profitable. Timex under their Helix brand has been making smartwatches for some time now and we have their newest watch with us for review.
The watch we are using is the Helix Smart Metal Fit 3.0, which retails for INR 3,995 but is frequently discounted to INR 2,995 on Amazon. For that much money, you get a metal body, a large LCD screen, a well-known watchmaker’s branding, and a lot more. So, as your next smartwatch, should you get the Helix Smart Metal Fit 3.0? Let’s find out in our full review.
- Display – 1.69-inch (240×280 resolution) LCD panel
- 10+ tracking modes
- 24/7 Heart rate sensor
- Temperature Sensor
- SpO2 monitoring
- Bluetooth 5.2
- Up to 10 days of battery life
- Helix Smart Metal Fit 3.0 Smartwatch
- Charging Cradle
- User instruction manual
Design & Display
Timex has adopted a more sought-after smartwatch design with the Helix Smart Metal Fit 3.0 model. The form factor of the watch is long and squared off, which was made popular by the Apple Watch. The watch is tall and features a 1.69-inch LCD panel that is sizable for most users. The watch’s case is made of metal, thus the word “Metal” in the branding, while its bottom is made of plastic, which is where all of the sensors are located. Although the Helix Smart Metal Fit 3.0 comes with matching silicon straps that come in four color options and are of good quality for the price, you may also choose to use aftermarket leather straps.
The watch has a 1.69-inch LCD display with a 240×280 resolution. Although it is not the dense screen on a watch in this price range, this product’s brand advantage more than makes up for it. On the right side of the watch is a single button that is used to activate the display and navigate the menu. On flipping the watch, we get to see the HR sensor suite and the dual pogo-pins used for charging.
Software & Performance
The Helix Smart Metal Fit 3.0 smartwatch is powered by the real-time operating system (RTOS) created by Timex. Most fitness trackers and low-cost smartwatches employ RTOS, which is a frequently condensed operating system that doesn’t require a lot of processing power. The majority of lightweight devices profit from them.
The setup process is easy and requires minimal effort. You merely need to download the Helix Smart software from the PlayStore or AppStore and follow the on-screen instructions to connect the smartwatch to your phone. The menus and data metrics points in the app are arranged properly. Heart rate and SpO2 sensors are available around-the-clock, along with temperature sensors, female health tracking, and others.
In our tests, we found that the heart rate and sleep statistics were mostly trustworthy. The watch properly tracked the amount of time spent sleeping and even detected irregular sleep patterns with ease. Most sensors currently have an accuracy level of 98% or greater due to the advancements made in the algorithms for heart rate monitoring, stress detection, SpO2, and even activity monitoring.
We were able to use the Helix Smart Metal Fit’s built-in battery for around 7 days when the display brightness was set to less than 50%, which is excellent. The device’s actual performance was consistent with the claimed numbers. Without being worn, the watch will operate for approximately ten days. We used the included magnetic charger to recharge the watch in under 120 minutes.