Read on for the best of the week’s news.
Amazfit Verge 2 to launch 11 June
Amazfit will unveil the Verge 2 smartwatch this week, as a follow up to its hugely popular Amazfit Verge – says a report by GizChina.
The Huami sub-brand – itself owned by Xiaomi – has had a huge 2018, and it’s rumoured the new device will feature a Snapdragon 3200 processor, which should up speed and battery life.
With Xiaomi's latest budget band, there's now a bigger touchscreen display, improved heart rate monitoring features, automatic activity tracking and smartphone notification support. If you want to make sure the screen stays off between certain hours, head to the Raise The Wrist feature in the Mi Fit app and edit the settings.
The Amazfit Verge was big on specs and low on price – with GPS and heart rate monitoring packed into watch that retailed for just $160.Improving battery life and performance will only solidify Amazfit’s growing status within wearables. And don’t forget to check out our guide to the best smartwatches .
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 incoming
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Another device set to appear on 11 June is the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 – which seems to have already leaked online, and is even available for pre-order. The device should feature a larger 0.78-inch 120x120 screen, and for the first time, it’s full colour. There’s no electrocardiogram tech as we thought might be included, which means that the Mi Band 4 falls further back from the likes of Apple. Check out our full guide to the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 – including everything we know to date.
Huawei Watch GT gets update
We love the Huawei Watch GT’s feature mix and battery life – but that’s partly down to the screen turning off when not in use. However, Phandroid reports that a new update means it’s now up to the user if they want to maximize battery life in this way – or have an always-on display.
The over-the-air update is available now, but always on isn’t enabled by default. To enable it, go to Settings > Display > Advanced > Standby and choose the watch face. Make sure you check out our Huawei Watch GT review .
Fitbit could prevent digestive illnesses
If you suffer from IBD (Irritable Bowl Disorder), Crohns or other digestive illnesses, your Fitbit could soon predict flare-ups of certain conditions. That’s the conclusion of a year-long study by the University of Chicago (reported by Hiconsultant), which paired participants with a Fitbit and smartphone app. The Fitbit tracked sleep, heart rate and activity while the app tracked illness symptoms – and it led to some interesting relationships between the two.
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The study found correlation between lower steps and higher resting heart rate the week before a digestive flare up.
There’s no sign of this becoming a core Fitbit feature any time soon – but make sure you read our guide to the Fitbit heart rate monitor .