Zeblaze Thor 5 Dual Android Smartwatch
- All prices mentioned above are in United States dollar.
- This product is available at AliExpress, eBay, Banggood.
- At aliexpress.com you can purchase Zeblaze THOR 5 Dual Smartwatch for only $124.28, which is 19% less than the cost in Banggood ($152.99).
- The lowest price of Zeblaze Thor 5 Dual was obtained on November 17, 2019 5:00 pm.
The Zeblaze Thor 5 dual is a standalone smartwatch running a full, but customized, Android 7.11 operating system. You will have full access to the Google Play Store, and the functions of a smartphone inside of a smartwatch. It has a 1.39″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 454*454.
ZeBlaze Thor 5 Dual
What stands out on the Zeblaze Thor 5 Dual is the front-facing camera. It’s not unusual for a full Android smartwatch to have a camera; however, there aren’t many that have a front-facing one that allows video calling. Besides the camera, the Thor 5 Dual has all the standard features of a standalone smartwatch.
On the back, you find the Sim card slot, heart rate monitor, and the four-pin connection to charge the smartwatch. The four-pin connection also allows for data transfer. On the left side, you’ll find the power and dedicated back button.
The Thor 5 Dual runs the MediaTek 6739 + NRF52840 dual-processor with a 545mAH battery. This dual processing unit gives the watch two operating modes. When you’re in full Android “4G” mode, you can expect about a day of battery life depending on your usage. However, the “Lite OS System” mode can extend its battery life to 4 days by disallowing cellular functionality.
The Zeblaze Thor 5 Dual comes with 2GB of ram and 16GB of internal storage. These resources should be enough for most users but I would have liked to see 3GB of ram and 32GB of internal storage like the Kospet Optimus Pro and Kospet Hope. Navigation is quite fluid, but it will take some time to figure out the menus.
Swiping up will take you to health data, left goes notifications, down goes to quick toggles, right goes to the app drawer, and right again to health applications. And, since it’s a modified Android operating system, you cannot change the widgets or add new ones.
Some applications don’t take advantage of the full display and this usually happens with apps installed from the Play Store. You’ll often need to use the built-in application adapter by holding down the “power button” and selecting the icon at the top of the screen. It changes the orientation of the app from a circle to a square, allowing you to see more of the application’s content. See the Janus & Lokmat X360 review for pictures of what this looks like.
The Zeblaze Thor 5 Dual has a 4G LTE radio unlocked for any GSM carrier. Check the product pages to see if your area supports the bands. In the United States, T-mobile, AT&T, Cricket, and MetroPCS work fine but depending on the area, you might get LTE or 3G.
Bluetooth 4.0 is available for using headphones or sending and receiving files, however, there is no Bluetooth calling with any Android 7.1.1 devices due to Google’s restrictions. Maybe that will change when devices with newer Android versions are released. Right now, only devices with Android 5.0 have Bluetooth calling.
GPS works excellent with Google Maps, Uber, Yelp, etc, but not with the built-in fitness applications provided by Zeblaze. You’ll have to install Google Fit or wait until they push out an update. Most Android smartwatches have this issue so this isn’t a Zeblaze specific issue.
Android smartwatches come with their own fitness applications with activities such as Outdoor Running, Walking, Indoor Running, Bike Riding, and a few others. If you want to track your distance using GPS, the watch doesn’t use the pedometer instead of the GPS module. At some point, the manufacturer will push out an update to fix this. In the meantime, you can use Google Fit if you need GPS tracking.
The Thor 5 uses the WiiWatch 2 companion app to pair with your smartwatch; however, pairing them restricts some of the smartwatch’s capabilities. You can receive notifications but can’t reply. The app is really only good for changing watch faces and viewing health data. There is an IOS version in case you have an iPhone, but the experience is worse than the Android version.
There is a 1-year warranty for manufacturer defects and you should check the product pages for all of the specs. You might also find the Full Android Watch forum helpful for tweaks, tricks, and to see what others in the community are doing with their full android smartwatches. Also, xda-developers also a great source of information for Android devices.
Price History for Zeblaze THOR 5 Dual Smartwatch
|Current Price||$124.28||November 17, 2019|
|Highest Price||$149.99||July 1, 2019|
|Lowest Price||$119.99||November 11, 2019|
Last price changes
|$124.28||November 13, 2019|
|$119.99||November 11, 2019|
|$139.28||September 16, 2019|
|$134.99||September 9, 2019|
|$139.28||August 31, 2019|