Huawei’s Band 6 is one of the latest fitness bracelets to offer a host of awesome features on your wrist at a lower cost. I spent about a week testing Huawei’s new wearable bracelet paired with an Android smartphone and found it to provide a versatile and intuitive experience. It also borders on smartwatch territory thanks in part to the larger design, sophisticated health features, and relatively comprehensive health tracking.
For £ 59 (around $ 80, AU $ 110), the Huawei Band 6 offers basic smartwatch features including phone notifications and heart rate monitoring, as well as advanced health features like monitoring. oxygen in the blood throughout the day, sleep tracking, menstrual tracking and a battery advertised to last 14 days.
The Band 6 is available in the UK as well as several countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Keep in mind that prices tend to vary depending on the market. The Band 6 isn’t officially available in the US, but you might be able to find it on Amazon or eBay.
Bracelet 6 is worn like a smart watch
Partly because of its relatively large and wide screen, the Band 6 makes you think you’re wearing a smartwatch instead of a Fitness tracker. It also uses one of the best displays I’ve seen on a fitness tracker: a bright AMOLED panel that offers solid resolution (368×194 pixels) and is viewable in sunny conditions. The 1.47-inch screen makes it easy to browse and read notifications or messages, but you can’t reply to text messages or answer calls. The bracelets are made of silicone and sit comfortably on my wrist, but you cannot exchange them for other colors or replace them if damaged.
The Band 6 also tracks a whopping 96 different workout types. You can track everything from the most common exercises like outdoor walks and yoga, to unusual activities like kite flying, dragon boat and laser tag. But I have to caution that with the fact that less common workouts won’t give you additional or exercise-specific data points beyond the basics, which include heart rate, calories burned, exercise time. exercise and workout stress. Tracking an outdoor run, on the other hand, will provide more useful running data such as pace and stride length.
Much like the OnePlus Watch, the Huawei Watch 6 distributes your heart rate zones based on intensity during workouts so I could see how hard I was working in each exercise. fat burning or anaerobic mode to help. I have a better idea of the intensity of the training. I don’t have a chest strap, the gold standard for tracking your heart rate during a workout, so I couldn’t check the heart rate data. Unfortunately, the Band 6 couldn’t keep up with my training here in Hong Kong which is a hike because a barometer sensor to measure altitude is missing so I used the outdoor walk mode. To be fair, this is a feature normally reserved for more high-end devices or smartwatches. But the Band 6’s 5ATM IP68 rating means it’s waterproof up to 50 meters.
Basic and advanced health features
The Band 6 sports a feature that has been put in the spotlight due to the pandemic: blood oxygen monitoring. Huawei advertises it as an all-day feature, but I’m afraid it may not have worked with the app (although Huawei will likely fix this with an update), but you can measure your SpO2 levels. manually. I also didn’t have a pulse oximeter on hand to check the numbers, but you should take the results with a grain of salt because a fitness tracker is no substitute for a medical device like an oximeter. Either way, it’s fast becoming a must-have feature and was a welcome addition to Band 6.
Beyond blood oxygen tracking, other health features included cycle monitoring, stress tracking, and heart rate monitoring through the optical heart rate sensor. Native sleep monitoring was one of my favorite features on the Band 6. Basic sleep data can be gleaned directly from the Band 6, and on the Huawei Health app you get more data on sleep phases, duration and time of wakefulness.
Impressive battery life
I haven’t had a chance to put the Band 6 through two full weeks of testing, but so far it’s on the verge of delivering on its promise of 14-day battery life. After eight days of gentle use, the battery life is maintained at 40%. Comparable fitness trackers such as Xiaomi’s Mi Band 6 andhave a similar advertised battery life, but that’s still miles ahead of the Apple Watch SE and Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatches, which do not exceed the two-day mark. Not having to charge the Band 6 every night before bed comes in handy for sleep tracking. Once you run out of juice, you will need to use Huawei’s proprietary charger to recharge the battery.
- 1.47 inch AMOLED display (94×368 pixel display)
- All day heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, cycle tracking
- 14-day battery life
- Water resistance up to 50 meters
- Weight: 18 grams (without straps)
- Dimensions: 43×25.4×10.99 mm