Everything you need to know about Huawei’s new Band 3 fitness tracker
Huawei has taken the wraps off of a new fitness tracker called Band 3. The gizmo was unveiled at its event in Paris a few days ago, alongside two new models of Watch GT, the Huawei P30 series and the new FreeLace earbuds.
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The fitness band is actually a lower spec version of Band 3 Pro. The main difference is that it doesn’t have built-in GPS. It also differs in the colours of the strap and, of course, in price. The regular version is about $20 cheaper.
Band 3 comes with an accelerometer, gyroscope and TruSeen 3.0 optical heart rate monitor for tracking your activity around the clock. You’ll get all the basics such as steps, distance, calories, heart rate and more.
The sleep stats are quite detailed. They’ve been developed in cooperation with Harvard Medical School’s CDB centre. The AI helps identify the six most common sleep-related issues with 200 potential suggestions to help you sleep better. The band also features an IR sensor to limit disturbances during the night.
Band 3 comes packing multiple sports modes including indoor and outdoor running, walking, indoor and outdoor cycling and free training. You’ll receive Firstbeat’s post-training results and recovery time suggestions to prevent injuries from over-training.
The tracker is water resistant down to 50m and can record calories, number of turns and average SWOLF on completion of your swim. Huawei says you shouldn’t wear it in the shower due to water pressure, though, or when diving.
Just like the Pro version, the fitness band has a non-reflective, 0.95 inch AMOLED colour touchscreen with 120 x 240 pixel resolution. The display sports 2.5D protected glass and is encased in a breathable silicone strap wristband.
The span of the main body measures 45mm and width 19 mm. The maximum thickness of the main body measures 11mm and the whole thing weighs just 25 grams. There are no physical buttons so you navigate your way around via the touch-screen.
Battery life is excellent. Huawei says Band 3 will last up to 20 days between charges, or a full month in standby mode.
All in all, this sounds like a pretty decent little multi-sport fitness tracker. It should be available shortly in 4 colours for a starting price of around $45.
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