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Zeblaze Vibe 3S HD: An affordable smartwatch that is a blatant Garmin Fenix 6 Pro rip off

Zeblaze Vibe 3S: A cheap smartwatch with a copycat design. (Image source: Zeblaze)
Zeblaze Vibe 3S: A cheap smartwatch with a copycat design. (Image source: Zeblaze)
The Zeblaze Vibe 3S HD offers a round display, good battery life and plenty of other features. However, it is also an unashamed copy of the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro.

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Last year, we reported on the Vibe 3 from Zeblaze, a smartwatch with GPS, GLONASS and IP67 certification at a budget price. Now, Zeblaze has released a successor, and it unashamedly has borrowed from the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro's design.

Zeblaze has called its latest smartwatch the Vibe 3S HD, which should denote that it is superior to last year's Vibe 3. However, the Vibe 3S HD does not offer a GPS module, limiting its versatility somewhat compared to its predecessor.

According to Zeblaze, the Vibe 3S HD measures 50 x 50 x 14.8 mm and weighs 63 g. The Vibe 3S HD looks almost identical to its predecessor and, in turn, like the Fenix 6 Pro. Zeblaze has equipped the smartwatch with a 1.3-inch display that resolves at 360 x 360 pixels, along with a 280 mAh battery. According to the manufacturer, the Vibe 3S HD should achieve up to 25 days of battery life from a 90 minutes recharge. However, Zeblaze drops its battery life estimate to 18 days of regular use.

Additionally, the smartwatch has a heart rate sensor, an accelerometer and is compatible with Android/iOS devices. The Vibe 3S HD is IP67 certified too, and supports multiple fitness functions. 

The Vibe 3S HD currently retails for US$29.40 on AliExpress. Zeblaze offers free shipping globally, although it is unclear if the device will incur customs duties.

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The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, for comparison. (Image source: Garmin)
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, for comparison. (Image source: Garmin)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-02-24 (Update: 2021-02-24)