Huawei has made its latest activity tracker official. Band 6 comes with a large-screen experience and pretty much all the other features that you can find on Honor Band 6. The main addition is all-day SpO2 tracking versus on-demand measurements on Honor’s device.
This is Huawei’s first fitness band in over a year. So it has been a while. That one was dubbed Band 4 and a Pro iteration followed shortly after.
Huawei skipped the number 5 so and jumped straight into Band 6. This was most likely a marketing decision. Xiaomi has recently come out with Mi Smart Band 6 and Honor debuted earlier this year Band 6.
It is very likely a Pro version of Honor Band will follow in the months ahead. The difference between the Pro and non-Pro iteration last time around was the inclusion of an SpO2 sensor, GPS and NFC. The first comes as standard now but the other two are not part of the feature-set of the regular variant.
Huawei Band 6 – technical specs
We can’t really find many differences between Honor Band 6 and Huawei Band 6. So its predominantly a re-branding exercise.
The 1.47 inch AMOLED color display is identical (194 x 368 pixel resolution). It provides an incredible full-screen viewing experience, blurring the line between what is a fitness band and what is a smartwatch.
The actual dimensions of the 5 ATM rated device are 43 mm (H) x 25.4 mm (W) x 10.99 mm (D) and the weight is 18 grams without the strap. On the side is a single button which you can use to wake up the display and for a quick shortcut.
Apart from the display, another highlight is battery life. The wearable can keep going a full two weeks on a single charge. This is accompanied by fast charging technology via a magnetic dock. A five minute top-up is enough to keep the thing going for two days.
Next to the battery, you can find a 6-axis IMU sensor (Accelerometer sensor, Gyroscope sensor) and an optical heart rate sensor. Pretty much standard stuff these days. But no NFC chip or built-in GPS. You’ll need to make do with Connected GPS. Or wait for the Pro version.
The sensors combine to track 96 different sports thanks to the company’s TruSport algorithm. Coupled with this is TruSleep 2.0 sleep tracking technology. This spits out four types of sleep stages (deep sleep, light sleep, REM and napping) and more than 200 types of better sleep suggestions. There’s also TruRelax Stress Monitoring, TruSeenTM 4.0 Heart-Rate Monitoring and all-day SpO2 Monitoring.
The last one on this list is an upgrade over the Honor wearable which just has on-demand SpO2 measurements. Apart from that, the only other difference we can spot is the slightly more premium build that can be found on Huawei Band 6.
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You can pick up Huawei’s latest activity tracker in a choice between Amber Sunrise, Forest Green and Graphite Black. The straps are made of UV-treated silicone that is dirt-resistant. For now the fitness band can only be bought on Huawei Malaysia’s website. There it retails for RM 219 which is slightly over $50. International availability should follow soon.
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