Huawei Fit aims to make heart rate tracking more accurate
Meet Huawei Fit, Huawei’s new fitness tracker.
The Chinese manufacturer has just released a circular fitness device with a trendy design. Similar to the likes of the the original Pebble and Pebble 2, the watch-like tracker boasts an always on monochrome touchscreen. The design is clean and minimalistic with no physical buttons.
In terms of features, there are few surprises.
Huawei Fit will keep tabs on your steps, distance, calories and sleep. The device has auto-activity recognition so can determine when you are walking, running or sleeping (including deep and light sleep, and awake times). You can also swim with it, as its waterproof waterproof to a IP68/5 ATM rating. There is no built-in GPS, but the wearable syncs with Huawei’s Wear app for either Android or iOS.
The watch has multi-sport modes but seems to be mostly targeted at runners. The smartphone app will allow you to create a plan for your runs based on your target, desirable distance, goal, training frequency and fitness level. During a run, you’ll get real-time guidance such as heart rate, speed up/slow down alerts, distance mark alerts and heart rate alerts. After your run the smartphone app will dish out your VO2max score which gives you an indication of cardio-respiratory fitness and helps you assess recovery time.
What’s a bit more impressive about this wearable is the 24/7 heart rate monitoring. Huawei says that its high signal strength means the Huawei Fit is more accurate when it comes to keeping tabs on your ticker than a lot of the competition. You can choose to rely on Fit’s automatic tracking (ever 10 minutes and continuous during exercise), or measure it manually.
Some of you might be wondering whether this smart-watch looking device has support for notifications, well, it does. It supports the usual call and message alerts and support for some third party apps.
Huawei says the Fit’s battery lasts for six days between charges with normal use, and up to 30 days when in standby. A full charge is fairly quick, taking less than two hours.
It seems, almost every day we are getting another fitness device. In all honesty, there is very little to distinguish Huawei’s new fitness tracker from the pack, so its just the esthetics that are in play here and the fact that its cheaper than some of the alternatives.
Huawei Fit is available in a silver or grey finish and you can swap between black, orange, or blue 18mm or 20mm wide straps. The tracker is available now on Amazon.
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