In this article, we will talk about the real smartwatch, because it has Android operating system, Wi-Fi support, SIM card slot with 4G networks support, built-in GPS with Google Maps, and even 16GB of built-in memory for offline music. The smartwatch is called Zeblaze Thor Ultra.
By the way, the entire Zeblaze Thor series runs on Android, but the previous Zeblaze Thor 6 smartwatch was released over 3 years ago. Let’s see what’s new in the 2024 smartwatch.
Looking at the box we can see that this is a flagship smartwatch because its design is different from other Zeblaze fitness watches.
On the back, we can read about the main features of the smartwatch, such as Ultra HD AMOLED display, 4G standalone calling with WiFi Connectivity, built-in GPS, offline music and Android OS with Google Play support.
You know, I already like this smartwatch because it is quite compact. We will come back to the design a little later.
By the way, I noticed a protective glass on the watch screen, but there are no spare protective glasses included. I think they should be sold additionally.
Compared to the previous Android smartwatch from Zeblaze, the new Zeblaze Thor Ultra is much more compact.
The black strap is made of TPU, and I think it is not really suitable for sports because your hand will sweat a lot.
By the way, I didn’t find any information about water resistance, so it is better to avoid water with this watch. It is probably even better to take it off before washing your hands.
Overall, the Zeblaze Thor Ultra is very well made, and I really like its compact size. The smartwatch looks and feels great on my wrist.
You know, the display of the Zeblaze Thor Ultra is quite small compared to other smartwatches. Its diagonal is 1.43 inches.
This is also an AMOLED panel, but I cannot find Always-On Display mode in the settings. It looks like the smartwatch doesn’t support Always-On Display.
Now let’s have a look at the functions of the Zeblaze Thor Ultra smartwatch.
First, I should say that the watch runs on Android 8.1 operating system. Of course, it is adapted for smartwatches, but in general, the interface resembles Android that we are used to on smartphones, especially a quick settings menu.
As usual, you can change watch faces by pressing and holding on the display.
First, open the quick settings menu, and then tap and hold on Wi-Fi.
Let’s go back to the Dial Market. There are probably hundreds of different watch faces available, and you can download any of them without a smartphone.
By swiping to the right of the main dial, you can open the music player. We will talk about music control and storage a little later.
Quick Settings Menu
We have already seen the quick settings menu when connecting to a Wi-Fi network, but let’s take a closer look at it.
First, we can change the display brightness.
As you can see, Zeblaze Thor Ultra has a lot more functions than other fitness watches I have tested before.
By pressing the crown, you can access the menu with all the apps. You know, I can safely call them applications rather than just functions because you can install new apps here.
Now, I am going to list all the apps on the Zeblaze Thor Ultra: heart rate, blood oxygen, user guide, style settings, dial market, messaging, music, stopwatch, steps, file explorer, Google Maps, Settings, Browser, Ultra Saving Mode, Google Play, One-Click Cleanup, Calculator, Phone calls, Calendar, Alarms, Videos, Contacts, Albums, Flashlight, Sound Recording, Personal Information, and Apps Market.
First, we have network and internet settings. Here, we can connect to Wi-Fi network, and mobile network, when you insert a SIM card. You can also track data usage, create hotspot and tethering, mobile plan, VPN, as well as turn on airplane mode, and Wi-Fi save mode.
The Display settings have brightness level, font size, sleep, display size, vibration feedback, crown rotation touch, Raise Wake screen on, Raise wakeup timeout, Palm Press screen, Screen Resolution and Screen Display Shape.
In the Sound menu, you can change the volume for media, alarm, and ring. The other options here are Also vibrate for calls, Mute all, Do Not Disturb Preferences, Phone Ringtone, Default Notification sound, and Default Alarm Sound.
The other options in the Settings menu of the Zeblaze Thor Ultra are as following: Apps and Notifications, Device Security, Software Upgrade, Location, Acceleration Mode, Google, Power Saving Mode, Reset options, More settings and System.
SIM Card Slot
However, we also need to insert a SIM card to receive and make phone calls. After rebooting the watch, you will see 4G or 5G mobile network on the smartwatch. You can also go into the settings to check your mobile network operator.
Now, you can take calls on the smartwatch. As I said before, you don’t need a smartphone at all.
You know, I want to check out the messengers on this smartwatch. Let’s try to install Telegram. The app is available on the Google Play Store, and we can install it.
Once you are logged in, you can read messages. However, when I tried to send a message, I couldn’t see the Send button because of the round dial of the watch. I found a solution to this. You need to go to the Screen settings and select the square screen. Now we can send messages in Telegram.
I think other messengers like WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger, are also available on this smartwatch.
TikTok, Instagram and YouTube
You know, I was very surprised that social media can be run on this watch, for example, TikTok, Instagram and even YouTube. However, because of the small display size, it is not very convenient to use social media.
GPS and Google Maps
Another feature of the Zeblaze Thor Ultra is a built-in GPS. However, unlike other fitness watches that only use GPS in sport modes, the new Zeblaze smartwatch supports Google Maps. You can use the watch to navigate around the city. That’s amazing!
You know what else you can use the smartwatch for? To listen to music. There is 16GB of built-in memory, so you can just connect a watch to your PC using a magnetic charging cable from the package, then upload music to the smartwatch, and listen to it through the music player on the watch.
I understand that listening to music through the built-in speaker is not very convenient, so it is better to connect wireless earbuds to the smartwatch. It is very easy to do, just like on any smartphone. Go to Bluetooth settings menu and select your earbuds. That’s it!
I also want to play some game on the Zeblaze Thor Ultra. For example, we can install Royal Match from the Google Play Store.
It took a while to launch the game, but it is playable on the watch.
Zeblaze Thor Ultra is a real smartwatch.
Finally, we should talk about the battery. Even though the functions of this smartwatch are about the same as a smartphone, the battery life is much longer.
In heavy usage mode, the manufacturer promises up to 55 hours, which is also great for a real smartwatch with Android operating system.
So, unlike most smartwatches that are actually fitness watches, the Zeblaze Thor Ultra is a real smartwatch, because you can use it without a smartphone.
It has an Android operating system with Google Play Store, so you can install any apps, such as YouTube, Telegram, Instagram, etc.
The smartwatch has a SIM card slot, so you can insert a SIM card to make and receive phone calls.
In addition, the built-in GPS allows you to use Google Maps navigation.
Finally, I really like the design of the Zeblaze Thor Ultra. I think it is one of the most compact Android smartwatches on the market. Even on my thin wrist, it looks great.
If you are interested in the price of the Zeblaze Thor Ultra smartwatch, it is only $90.