Huawei may have to contend with the US ban as part of the country’s escalating trade war with China, but this is not detracting it from releasing new wearables. The latest is the catchily named Huawei Band 4e Basketball Wizard Edition.
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The release is slightly odd considering we have not seen yet the Huawei Band 4. But perhaps this is right around the corner.
Bankd 4e works along the lines of last year’s 3e model. You can wear it on your wrist or detach from the wristband and attach to your footwear from where it will help improve running form! You’ll get data such as ground-contact time, eversion excursion, cadence, step length, swing angle, landing impact and foot strike placement. As you’d expect, from that position it will also more accurately track steps.
The main novelty of this version, however, is that it has specifically been tailored for the sport of basketball. To this end its 6-axis motion sensors spits out stats on vertical jump, air time, maximum spring speed and number of jumps.
All of this is synced with the Huawei Sports Health app where you can see an overview of your performance on court. The app also lets you basket training targets and helps to avoid the risk of injury due to over-exertion.
On the wrist, Band 4e functions like your run-of-the mill fitness tracker and monitors basic activity data and sleep. There’s no built in heart rate sensor, though. You also get some smart functionality such as reminders, message notifications, and “Find my phone”.
Huawei Band 4e Basketball Wizard Edition can be used for up to 2 weeks on a single charge, with a three week standby time. Once again the band comes with 5 ATM water resistance so you can wear it worry-free come rain or shine.
The fitness band is currently available in China for pre-order at a price of 129 yuan (around $18). No word yet on international availability but we’ll update when we hear more.
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