Huawei has officially unveiled the Watch Fit SE, a special edition of its popular wearable. The device, which received approval from SIRIM a month ago, promises to carry forward the legacy of its predecessor in a more budget friendly package.
“SE” version of the watch
The last model released by Huawei with “SE” in its name was an iteration of the Huawei Watch GT 3. That one went big on display with a 1.43-inch AMOLED screen and offered a focus on health and fitness with lots of workout modes. The device had a commendable battery life of up to 14 days and was compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
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For those not in the know, the letters “SE” denote a “Special Edition” of a device. In some cases, the letters “SE” are associated with a less expensive version of a product. That’s certainly the case for this edition in the Fit series.
Continuation of the Fit range
The last iteration of Fit comes some three years after the original Huawei Watch Fit, launched back in 2020. There was also Huawei Watch Fit 2, unveiled about a year ago. Another device in the line-up was Watch Fit Elegant.
And let’s not forget the Huawei Watch Fit Mini. That one launched in late 2021 with a smaller display. It misses out on some of the functionality of its big brother but it costs less. Fit Mini is more suited for women and those with slender wrists.
Devices in the Watch Fit range have an elongated, squarish form-factor and slightly curved AMOLED panel. This gives them a unique look that set it apart from other devices in Huawei’s lineup.
Version 2 packs a massive 1.74 inch display, a boost from the 1.64 inches of the original. As far as other features, you get the usual bunch of fitness trackers including blood oxygen and stress, along with support for 97 different sports. Seven of these sports pack an an animated coach feature.
You also get a built-in speaker and mic as part of the package, enabling you to take smartphone calls from your wrist. What’s more, the watch supports offline music playback.
But one of the most impressive features of Huawei Watch Fit 2 is its battery life. It offers a decent 10-day run on a single charge, and a quick five-minute top-up could sustain the smartwatch for 24 hours.
Huawei Watch Fit SE – what you need to know
The Huawei Watch Fit SE goes back to the 1.64-inch HD AMOLED display. The screen-to-body ratio is 70%, and the pixel resolution is 456 × 280. This makes for a crisp, clear display that is easy to read in various lighting conditions.
The watch is available in three colors: Nebula Pink, Forest Green, and Starry Black. These colors offer a range of options to suit different styles and preferences. The device also features unique style watch faces and offers more than 10,000 watch faces to choose from, allowing users to personalize their device to their liking.
The Huawei Watch Fit SE is not just about looks; it’s also packed with features for health and fitness tracking. It comes with HUAWEI TruSleep 3.0, which increases sleep recognition accuracy by 10%. It also features a new Sleep Mode that provides Do Not Disturb and time setting functions.
The device also includes HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0, which features an AI algorithm that tracks heart rate round the clock and increases accuracy by 10%. It also includes an SpO2 tracking feature, which can automatically measure and record your SpO2 level and promptly notify you of abnormal changes.
For fitness enthusiasts, the Huawei Watch Fit SE offers HUAWEI TruSport, a scientific running program that presents the Running Ability Index based on multi-dimensional data including historical running heart rate, pace, distance, and frequency. It also has a built-in GPS for precise tracking of your movement without the need for a phone.
The device supports over 100 workout modes, including new additions of Basketball, Soccer, eSports, and Padel. It also has an automatic workout detection feature that records your workout data.
Here’s a quick look at the key tech specs:
- Size: 46 mm × 30 mm × 10.7 mm
- Weight: Approximately 21 g (strap excluded)
- Display: 1.64 inches AMOLED color screen
- Resolution: 456 × 280 pixels, 326 ppi
- Colors: Starry Black, Nebula Pink, Forest Green
- Sensors: 6-axis IMU sensor (Accelerometer sensor, Gyroscope sensor), Optical heart rate sensor
- Battery life: up to 9 days with typical use, 6 days with heavy use, 3 days with always-on-display.
- Compatibility: Android 6.0 or later, iOS 9.0 or later
- Water Resistance: 5ATM water-resistant
Comparing with Huawei Watch Fit 2, availability
The new SE version has a slightly smaller screen and a smaller battery life than the Huawei Watch Fit 2. It also lacks an NFC chip for contactless payments and does not include a speaker and microphone. Despite these differences, the Watch Fit SE still offers a range of features that make it a worthy contender in the wearable market.
The device is already listed on the Huawei website so wider retail availability should come soon. For now it is available in a handful of markets for a selling price of around $100. That’s $30 below Huawei Watch Fit 2.
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