Zepp Health unveils its new in-house dedicated OS and chipset for next-gen smartwatches
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Zepp Health has held its latest Next Beat Future of Health conference in order to announce that the next generation of its Amazfit smartwatches will feature both a new SoC and new software on top of that. The OEM asserts that both have been designed with battery life in mind: its new and eponymous OS and Huangshan 2s chipset are rated for 65% and 56% reductions in operating power consumption compared to their respective predecessors.
The latest Huangshan silicon is a dual-core SoC based on RISC-V rather than ARM. Zepp Health also asserts that its GPU is up to 67% better than that of the previous generation also. Therefore, it might stand ready to support the "smoother" and "more dynamic" animations of Zepp OS.
The OEM has whittled the total space taken up by this new platform to just 55MB, which, as it claims, is 1/10 the size of the outgoing Amazfit OS and 1/28 that of Apple's watchOS (version 8 rather than 7, interestingly). Zepp Health indicates that it has built its new system from the ground up, although it still integrates the FreeRTOS micro-kernel.
Zepp OS is made for smartwatches, and also with scope for app development through a new Mini Program framework rated to leverage the company's biosensor array and AI chip's ability to capture "high-quality" user health data. It is also rated to support 4G/LTE or even 5G connectivity as well as Bluetooth.
This new software is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2021, and will support third-party platforms such as Alexa, Joyrun, Spotify or Strava, as well as integration with other user devices, from their phones to their smart cars, through improved cloud-management this time around.