Honor has unveiled today at IFA in Berlin two smart timepieces, Watch ES and a more pricey Watch GS. Both were announced alongside the all-new HONOR MagicBook Pro laptop.
Honor Watch ES
Starting off with the lower-spec of the two watches, Honor Watch ES is designed with fashionistas in mind. It actually reminds very much of Huawei Watch Fit in terms of design, dishing up a wide viewing experience. This is no accident as Honor is Huawei’s sub-brand.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s not bad thing. The timepiece offers a trendy, sporty look. A bit like the Apple Watch, but more stretched and more curved.
Similarities with Huawei Watch Fit include the exact same 1.64 AMOLED display that has a resolution of 456 x 280 pixels (326ppi). The ergonomic design dishes up a 30 millimeter watch frame that is only 10.7 mm in thickness. The weight is 21 grams which makes it one of the most lightweight watches out there.
The large display should be excellent for glancing at your stats during exercise. On that topic you will be able to choose from 95 workout modes and 12 animated workout courses. This is in addition to the usual fitness and sleep tracking stats, 24/7 heart rate tracking, pulse oxygen, stress monitor and female cycle tracker. The only thing that’s missing is built-in GPS. You’ll need to rely on Connected GPS, instead.
Honor Watch ES conjures up 1o days of battery life on a single charge. It takes 100 minutes to refuel from zero to full. If you’re in a hurry, a 30 minute top-up with bump the battery capacity up to 70%.
You’ll be able to pre-order the watch from September 7th in Meteorite Black, Coral Pink, and Icelandic White. It will set you back a very reasonable €99.9 (around $120).
Honor Watch GS Pro
Honor Watch GS Pro is a very different sort of animal. This is a rugged device designed for what Honor calls the “urban adventurers”.
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The thing is built to take quite a beating. It has a stainless-steel bezel ring and dial and passes 14 different MIL-STD-810G tests. Inside is built-in GPS/GLONASS and the timepiece has a RouteBack function with breadcrumb navigation, and an altitude barometer for for worry-free exploring and mountaineering. There’s also built-in storage for around 500 songs, music playback, weather forecasts and severe weather alerts.
The 100 workouts modes include a few options for adventures such as climbing, hiking, skiing, indoor and outdoor running and free training. This is, of course, in addition to all the fitness and health tracking functionality of Honor Watch ES.
The rugged build means the watch comes in at 45.5g without the strap. Which is within the norm for sports watches that size. The AMOLED display has a diameter of 1.39 inches, 454 x 454 pixels (326 PPI). Honor says there is a choice of some nifty animated outdoor watch faces.
A high point is battery life. You’ll be able to get up to 25 days with normal use on a single charge. With GPS enabled this falls to a still rather impressive 2 days. In workout mode you’ll be able to squeeze 100 hours of use. Two hours is the time it takes to charge the thing fully.
The extra specs and rugged build mean HONOR Watch GS Pro is quite a bit more expensive than Watch ES. This one will cost €249.9 from September 7th when it will be made available for pre-order. Color options include Charcoal Black, Marl White and Camo Blue.
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