In 2017, the smartbands market was expanding rapidly. As more people began paying attention to wearables, their prices were getting lower, while they began providing more services and coming with better features. If the initial models were pushing a couple of information via vibrations, the current fitness trackers come with smalls screen to display the most important information concerning customers’ health, sports activity, and others. According to statistics, the Chinese smartbands market has been growing rapidly with an average annual growth rate of 15%. However, though this niche is becoming more and more attractive and populous, the products in this market come with identical look and features. So it’s getting more difficult to attract people when a new wearable is launched. A few months back, a new bracelet was announced in face of the Tencent Pacewear S8. And though it comes with a familiar look and features, there is something attractive in this model. We are going to find out all of its key features.
Tencent Pacewear S8 Design
There are three color options the Tencent Pacewear S8 comes in – dynamic black, glamour red, and noble gold. We have chosen the most passionate color to review.
The manufacturer has used a common trick to display the product right on the box – there is an opening for it showcasing the actual product. The latter carries a transparent sticker with a printed slogan of ‘Time to Live’.
The back of the Tencent Pacewear S8 box has some information referring to the smartband. Unfortunately, it’s in Chinese. But we can see it supports Android 4.4 and iOS 8 and above.
Actually, the box includes only a user manual, the bracelet itself, and a charger.
The wearable is equipped with a 0.49-inch PMOLED screen. Those who are not familiar with this term, PMOLED stands for Passive Matrix OLED. The regular OLED screens use organic materials that emit light when electricity is applied. As for the PMOLEDs, they relate to the way you drive) the display. As we do too limited operations on smartbands, it’s quite reasonable to use PMOLED displays because they use a simple control scheme in which you control each line in it. Moreover, they are great in terms of power consumption because PMOLED electronics do not contain a storage capacitor and so the pixels in each line are actually off most of the time. Shortly, this is the opposite version of the AMOLED that stands for Active-Matrix OLED.
The Tencent Pacewear S8 uses a floating screen to look more attractive as well as to enhance the inner space of the bracelet.
Not accidentally, this smartband is considered to be one the well-looking products in the market. It is designed by Nordic Design Team. It took a year to complete the design. Plus, it also comes with an IP67 rating.
Like other models, it uses the current popular photoelectric heart rate sensor technology.
Another important feature when looking for a new smartband, is the straps. The Tencent Pacewear S8’s wristbands are made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Thus they come with a high strength, high toughness, and they are wear-resistant.
The front of the charging base is magnetic.
The back of the charging base carries a USB interface.
It weighs only 17 grams and comes with a very acceptable design. So you can wear it for a long time, even when sleeping.
Tencent Pacewear S8 Performance
There are no physical buttons on the Tencent Pacewear S8. So you can interact with it only via the singlե touch button placed on the lower center part.
It works like others. Therefore, it turns on/off the bracelet, and switches between a few screens to show the steps you have made, heart rate, the kilometers you passed, the battery status, and so on.
Any smartband launcհes, customers begin comparing it with the most-selling wearable, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2. We are no exception. But are you sure you want to look at the comparison table?
Apart from the standard features, the Tencent Pacewear S8 comes with, there is a dedicated app that makes it way easier to use the bracelet when connected via Bluetooth.
The app shows the current steps count, heart rate, sleep monitoring data, as well as all these data for a 7-days period.
You can even compete with other users by paying 2-10 yuan ($0.32-1.59). All you have to do is to walk and allow the app to record the data. Then it will compare your results with others and select winners.
However, you can do other operation such as setting notification, alarm, health management, and many more.
Tencent Pacewear S8 Charging
There is a built-in 100mAh battery. And though it is way smaller than what its competitors offer, do not forget this bracelet provides a 24-hours heart rate monitoring. Plus, the manufacturer claims it is capable of providing up to 21 days of standby mode and 7 days of normal use. Let’s test it.
First, when we decided to test it the remaining power was 39%. After 28 minutes of run, the power decreased to 38%.
Second, we tested it for a daily use. When we started the test it was 18:30 PM, while the remaining power was 24%. After a couple of days, at 9:30 AM, we checked the remaining power. It was 13%. SO we can calculate and make sure a 7-days use is no problem.
Finally, as for charging, it took up to 100 minutes to charge fully. But after 20 minutes it was charged to 40%.
The Tencent Pacewear S8 comes with a great design made by Nordic. This is a quite common practice when Chinese manufacturers apply such design studios to work jointly on a new product. As a result, customers get cheap but quite attractive products. The Pacewear S8 is the best example of this. However, apart from the appearance, it also comes with all features found on those well-known products such as the Xiaomi Mi Band 2. In some sense, it even outruns its competitors. Finally, it’s priced at 148 yuan ($23) only. So we have all reasons to put it next to the Mi Band 2. However, there is one shortcoming. The Tencent Pacewear S8 is not promoted well.