Huawei Fit, their first Fitness Tracker is a Start in the Right Direction

Huawei Consumer Business Group, during their launch of the Huawei Mate 9 (Deer, 2016, November 4) also launched a little cousin; the Huawei Fit Fitness Tracker.

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The US$130 Huawei Fit went on sale on Thursday November 3rd 2016 (Ivan, 2016, November 3) in the following countries:

  • US
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal

It’s Huawei’s first Fitness-centric smartwatch and comes in two (2) sizes:

  • 20mm
  • 18mm

It also comes in two (2) colour options:

  • Titanium Gray
  • Moonlight Silver

Made of aluminium with a 39.4mm diameter, it’s a little small for a man’s watch with an even smaller 26.4mm (around 1.04-inch) 208 x 208px LCD display. Still, it’s pretty strong, boasting  an IP68 water and dust resistance rating. This translates to being able to withstand up to 5 ATM of pressure, have dirt or ingress protection and 50 meter underwater without cracking.

Huawei Fit – Track everything continuously with the Huawei Wear App

As for features, it can detect your current state, be it walking or running. It’s also great for tracking most exercises and gives you heart-rate readings continuously thought the day. These exercises include:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Treadmill

The onboard accelerometer, gyroscope and Heart rate monitor automatically track the following aspects of your routine:

  • Steps
  • Sleep
  • Time elapsed
  • Calories burned
  • Cardio zone
  • Distance traveled

Most of these functions are done with the help of the Huawei Wear app for iOS and Android, as the Huawei Fit lacks a GPS. The Huawei Wear app, once paired with the Huawei Fit can track your vitals (Low, 2016, November 3) during a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon, as the Fitness tracker uses Bluetooth to pair the data with the app on your smartphone.

Huawei Fit – Great for the self-motivated as it doesn’t motivate you to exercise

Still, the Huawei Fit might face some problems for Fitness buffs with sweaty hands (Graziano, 2016, November 3), as it has no physical buttons. It’s also dull when outside and can only be read under indoor lighting or when you read your Fitness data on a paired device.

Even stranger is the lack of motivational options such as a lederboard as in the Fitbit and Garmin to compare yourself with friends who are also exercising. Huawei also give you no challenges, rewards or badges, all aspects of motivation needed for Fitness freaks and serious athletes to stick to their stated goals.

The Huawei Fit will definately help you achieve your stamina and training goals as it gives you about six (6) days of battery endurance…….if you are already self-motivated and don’t need a device pushing you to be your best!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2016, November 4). Huawei Mate 9 and Porsche Design launches as Icon and Tech Leader meet. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/Huawei-mate-9/
  2. Graziano, D. (2016, November 3). Huawei Fit review: A stylish design isn’t enough. Retrieved from https://www.cnet.com/uk/products/Huawei-Fit/review/
  3. Ivan. (2016, November 3). Huawei gets serious about Fitness with the Fit smartwatch. Retrieved from http://www.gsmarena.com/Huawei_gets_serious_about_Fitness_with_the_Fit_smartwatch-blog-21434.php
  4. Low, C. (2016, November 3). The Huawei Fit feels cheaper than its $130 price. Retrieved from https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/03/Huawei-Fit-hands-on/

 

 

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