Honor Band 6 with a full-screen display blurs the line with smartwatches

Honor Band 6 has officially been unveiled. The wearable comes with a full-screen 1.47 inch AMOLED display.

Many prefer the Honor Band over Mi Bands because of how they are designed. The iteration in 2019 brought an SpO2 sensor, along with the ability to monitor fatigue and listlessness, alert to poor sleep and even detect hypoxemia dizziness.

We also saw Band 5i over the past year, an iterative refresh of Band 5. This is a more budget friendly version that comes with a slightly larger display, shorter battery life and no NFC. An important change is the way you recharge the band. Honor Band 5I can be plugged directly into a USB-A charging port, no cables needed.


Honor Band 6

There have been a few leeks on the sixth generation Honor Band so we knew what to expect. But now all has been made public.

It certainly makes sense to launch the wearable before the all-important holiday shopping period. The device was originally expected during the summer but it’s likely the coronavirus situation delayed things.

As per the leaks, Honor Band 6 comes with a full-screen experience. In other words, the screen occupies almost the entire surface area of ​​the main module. The previous version had a 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a 240 x 120 resolution. The new one has a much larger 1.47 inch with a resolution of 194 x 368 pixels. Protecting this is 2.5D glass.

A larger display will allow you to display more information which would improve convenience of use. A welcome change, most would agree.

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Another innovation is that you can interact with the thing via gesture navigation. This is technology that has already been introduced on some smartphones. Additionally, there’s the touch display for navigation and a single physical button which wakes up the tracker.

The actual dimensions of the 5ATM rated (waterproof up to 50-meter depths) device are 43 x 25.4 x 11.45mm. The weight is only 18 grams.

As far as other features, you get the usual fitness tracking sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, sleep, menstrual cycle monitoring and more. Honor Band 6 supports 10 sports modes.

Smart functionality includes a voice assistant, music control, notifications and an NFC chip for contactless payments. This all taps into Bluetooth 5.0 support.

Battery life is pretty decent. The 180mAh battery can keep everything going for up to two weeks.

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Price and availability

All things considered, this seems like a decent little offering. The problem with lots of fitness trackers is the small display. Honor Band 6 goes a long way to resolving this. It actually blurs the lines between fitness bands and smartwatches when it comes to screen quality and size.

You’ll be able to pick up the fitness band in a choice between Meteorite Black, Coral Powder and Seagull Grey. For now it is only available in China with pre-orders starting later today and actual shipping from November 11th. The regular iteration costs 249 yuan ($37), the version with NFC 289 yuan ($43).

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