The Nova 6 SE smartphones were not the only news at Huawei’s conference today. The Chinese-based outfit also announced the Band 4 Pro fitness tracker. It comes with an SpO2 sensor, GPS and NFC.
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An updated version of Band 3 Pro, the wearable was unveiled just a month after Band 4. And while that one saw quite a bit of change, Band 4 Pro keeps things fairly similar to last year in terms of looks.
The size of the AMOLED touch-display is still 0.95 inches and the resolution is unchanged from 240 x 120 pixels. There’s a pill-shaped physical button underneath to help navigate the menus. The casing is made of metal and the tracker has a matte surface. All of this is attached to a fairly sporty-looking silicone strap.
Band 4 Pro allows you to personalise the experience with 100 different colour dials, and 10 watch-faces. Like the previous edition, the tracker comes with 6-axis accelerator, detached PPG cardiotachometer, infrared wear sensor and built-in GPS. In addition to all of this, the 2019 iteration also has an SpO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen levels and NFC for on-the-go payments.
Along with monitoring activity and sleep, Huawei says the band looks for irregular heartbeats with an accuracy rate of 95.5%. The TruSleep 2.0 technology allows it to identify six major sleep problems and dish out more than 200 sleep suggestions.
Band 4 Pro also supports 11 sports modes. This includes running, spinning, cycling and more. Swimming is also on this list thanks to 5 ATM water-resistance. The fact that there’s built-in GPS means you can leave your phone behind and still get detailed info and maps of your outdoor workouts.
Notifications are there, too, when the bracelet is in range of your smartphone. Other smart functionality includes reminders, music control, find the bracelet and more. The NFC supports payments as well as travel and pass functions.
Battery life is excellent, particularly when you take the specs into consideration. Huawei says the bracelet can keep going up to 12 days on a single charge. That’s with GPS switched off, of course. To keep things simple the fitness band adopts a simple charging solution. Just like Band 4 there’s a built-in USB-A port inside the strap which means you can plug the tracker directly into a USB port. No need for cables.
The fitness band comes in a choice between whisper red, cherry pink gold, and ochre black colours. It goes on sale in China on December 12th at a price of 399 CNY (around $55). Pre-orders have already opened.
Hopefully the international release will come fairly soon as this seems like a solid activity bracelet that sells at a reasonable price. It should certainly give Xiaomi Mi Band 4 a run for its money.
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