Huawei has just announced two new fitness trackers, the Huawei Band 2 and a premium and more high-tech version called Band 2 Pro.
Thanks to a 3-axis Accelerometer, PPG Cardiotachometer and Infrared Wear Sensor, the two Fitbit competitors cover the basics when it comes to tracking your fitness. They’ll keep tabs on your steps, distance, calories and sleep.
The continuous heart monitoring has your heart data covered around the clock, while a Breathing Coach makes sure you are not stressed out. When paired to a smartphone, both the Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro act will transmit alarms, notifications, and messages from the handset.
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It gets more interesting though.
There is, for example, VO2 Max measuring. In the past only the preserve of high-end sports watches, VO2 Max has made its way to a number of popular 24/7 activity trackers such as the Fitbit Charge 2 and Vivosmart 3. This is a measurement of how well your body uses oxygen when you’re working out at your hardest. Put simply, the higher your VO2 Max, the more fit you are. Apparently, the technology allows the Huawei bands to measure VO2 Max with 95% accuracy.
Other features are exclusive to the Pro version. This includes Huawei’s TruSleep virtual sleep hygiene and an on-board GPS sensor that measures speed, movement and distance. There is also Huawei’s Running Coach which (along with VO2 Max), taps into Firstbeat technology to assess your running style and suggest tailored workouts. Common to both bands is the Training Effect feature which lets you know if you are training hard enough to improve your fitness level and estimates how much you should rest before your next session.
In terms of design, both the Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro come with a PMOLED screen and a choice of Black, Blue and Red colours. They are 5 ATM rated which means they will survive depths down to 50 metres so will have no issues with moisture and rain or even a swim in the pool. The 100mAH battery will keep them running for a full 3 weeks, and 3.5 hours with GPS mode on Band 2 Pro.
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