Realme Band’s v8.0 update finally adds music controls, stopwatch, and a heart rate reminder function

Realme Band’s v8.0 update finally adds music controls, stopwatch, and a heart rate reminder function

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Realme launched the Realme Band in India alongside the Realme 6 series, in March 2020. For the company, the Band represented its first attempt at piercing into a market that has seen domination from the likes of the Mi Band, staying true to the company’s attempt at competing with Xiaomi across all product segments. While ambitions were high and the stakes even higher, the Realme Band was visibly a first-generation product, with shortcomings that dragged it down from being a true competitor worthy of recommendation. Realme has attempted to fix the imperfections with software updates for the Band, and the latest Realme Band v8.0 update brings over music controls, stopwatch, and a heart rate reminder to the company’s first fitness tracker.

The v8.0 firmware update for the Realme Band comes with the following changelog:

  • Add Heart Rate reminder function
  • Add Music Control function
  • Add Stopwatch function
  • Fix some known bugs

The fine print mentions that the Realme Band can only support two of the features at a time i.e. only two can be displayed, which is a bummer.

One of the biggest downsides with the Realme Band was its poor display brightness, which rendered the display rather useless when outdoors. Realme attempted to “fix” the issue with a software update that ramped up the brightness. While the brightness did increase, it still is nowhere enough to stand its own ground when out and about in the sun. This experience is in contrast with the company’s audio accessories, namely truly wireless earbuds in the form of the Realme Buds Air and Realme Buds Air Neo, which have performed admirably for their price point.

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Realme has also launched its second fitness product, the Realme Watch, which seemingly competes against the Amazfit Bip S in India.