Nothing, the innovative tech brand known for its unique design philosophy, has ventured into the budget-friendly realm with its CMF (Colour, Material, Finish) line of products. The CMF Watch Pro, the brand’s first budget smartwatch, aims to strike a balance between affordability and distinctive design. Priced at Rs. 4,499 in India, the CMF Watch Pro competes with other budget smartwatches, promising a unique user experience at an attractive price point. Having used the CMF Watch Pro for a couple of months, let’s delve into its features and performance.
Design and Specifications
Available in four color options – Orange, Dark Grey, Ash Grey, and a recently introduced Silver variant – the CMF Watch Pro offers users a variety of choices. The Orange finish with a chrome-finished watch case and an orange silicone band exudes a flashy aesthetic. In contrast, the Dark Grey and Ash Grey variants provide more subtle and understated looks. The smartwatch features a rectangular aluminum alloy case with a lightweight feel (47g with strap). The strap, made of high-quality silicone, ensures comfort during daily use.
The 1.96-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 410 x 502 pixels and a claimed brightness of 600+ nits is surrounded by thick bezels, contributing to a monochrome look. Despite the bezels, the display remains legible outdoors, offering vibrant colors. The smartwatch is IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, a notable inclusion at this price point. It incorporates built-in GPS, Bluetooth 5.3, and essential sensors for heart rate, sleep, stress, and SpO2 tracking.
The CMF Watch Pro utilizes the CMF Watch companion app, available on both the App Store and Play Store. While pairing can be a bit finicky, the app provides insights into steps, exercise statistics, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and sleep data. The pre-installed watch faces are limited, and the app lacks compatibility with Apple Health or Google Fit for syncing health data.
The smartwatch’s monochrome software interface, featuring a black, white, and orange color scheme, maintains a smooth and lag-free user experience. However, multitasking is limited, supporting only one function at a time. Notifications are displayed decently, but the smartwatch cannot show emojis and does not support replying to notifications.
The CMF Watch Pro excels as a step tracker and for monitoring heart rate, offering accurate results during testing. GPS tracking, while having built-in capabilities, requires constant smartphone connection, limiting standalone usage. The SpO2 tracking and sleep monitoring features deliver reliable results.
The smartwatch allows users to answer calls, but the tiny speaker affects audio quality. The Bluetooth 5.3 connection is generally stable, but there are limitations in displaying caller details for VoIP calls.
Equipped with a 340mAh battery, the CMF Watch Pro delivers average battery life. With Always-On Display (AOD) turned on, the watch lasts about two days with typical activities. With AOD off, the battery life extends to around two and a half days. Charging takes approximately 2 hours, with a 30-minute charge providing around 50% battery.
The CMF Watch Pro, positioned as more of a fitness band than a full-fledged smartwatch, offers a solid wearable option in the sub-5k price category. Its distinctive design, quality build, smooth interface, long battery life, and IP68 resistance make it an appealing choice for budget-conscious users. However, the buggy companion app, limited watch faces, and absence of official swappable wristbands may pose drawbacks for some users.
Despite these downsides, the CMF Watch Pro remains an attractive buy for those willing to navigate the early adopter challenges and embrace its unique features. Users seeking more color and wristband options may explore alternatives like the Noise ColorFit Pro 5 Max or the Redmi Watch 3 Active, each catering to different preferences in the budget smartwatch segment.