Huawei has announced the Band 4, its newest budget fitness band. The wearable has a lot in common with Honor Band 5i that was launched earlier this week.
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Both have a 0.96″ 2.5D TFT colour screen with a 160×80 pixel resolution. They are water-resistant down to 50 metres and are powered by a processor called the Apollo 3. In fact, the only difference between the two seems to be the pill-shaped home button of the Huawei Band versus the capacitive one on the Honor Band.
Not that anyone is going to mind, Honor is Huawei’s sub-brand. So this seems to be just a rebranding exercise.
The whole thing weighs a mere 24 grams, and that’s including the wristband. Core unit measurements come in at 56mm x 18.5 x 12.5mm.
Fitness tracking features include the usual steps, distance, calories, heart rate and more thanks to the built-in three-axis accelerometer, infrared sensor and optical heart rate sensor. Sleep taps into the company’s proprietary TruSleep 2.0 technology to dish out detailed sleep stage statistics. Huawei says the wearable can even identify up to 6 different types of sleep problems and spit out suggestions to help overcome these.
The list of exercises tracked consists of running (indoor/outdoor), walking (indoor/outdoor), rower and free training. Each of these comes with its own set of performance stats.
There’s some smart functionality, too, such as Remote Shutter, Find My Phone and notifications. To help you tailor everything to your liking, the watch-faces can be swapped around for other ones that can be found in the Huawei Watch Face Store.
As shown in the image at the top, Huawei has adopted a clever solution for charging. The core unit slips out of the band to reveal a USB-A connector. This means one less cable to worry about as you can simply plug the thing into any USB-A port for hassle-free charging.
The 91mAh battery will keep everything running for an excellent 7-9 days on a single charge. It takes is about 1.5 hours to top up from zero to full.
The fitness tracker is water-resistant up to 50 meters and can sync with devices running Android 4.4 and iOS 9.0 and above. It comes with Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity but has NFC missing.
On paper, this seems to be a solid little fitness tracker. Huawei Band 4 launches in China on November 1st in a choice of Sakura Pink, Graphite Black and Amber Sunrise colours. Its ¥199 price tag works out to around $30. Nothing has been said yet on international availability.
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