After a short break since the release of the HUAWEI Band 4 in 2019, Huawei has released an upgrade. The business skips number 5 and goes directly to number 6. The HUAWEI Band 6 is a smart band featuring a colour display, 50-meter water resistance, complete touchscreen, and a side button. Exercise detection, heart rate monitoring, workout assistant, sleep tracking, message alerts, SpO 2 monitoring, and music playback control are among the functions included.
Amber Sunrise, Forest Green, and Graphite Black are the four hues available for the Huawei Band 6. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and is compatible with phones running Android 6.0 or iOS 9.0 or later.
Display and design
The HUAWEI Band 6 appears to be a smaller version of the Huawei Watch Fit, but with a more simple and compact design. The watch body is made of polymer and has a metal texture on the sides and a matte plastic finish on the bottom, which contains the sensors.
The rubber straps are thin and provide a lovely soft and silky touch on the skin. It doesn’t collect dust and is simple to wipe clean when your wrists sweat. With the Band 6, you won’t be able to change straps, which is acceptable given the price.
Availability and pricing
The HUAWEI Band 6 is available via Huawei Experience shops, as well as online and certain third-party retailers, for £59.99 / AU$139 / AED 229 (about $85). It comes in four different colours: Graphite Black and Forest Green have a dark grey watch body, while Amber Sunrise and Sakura Pink have a gold watch body.
You could also get your hands on the Amazfit Bip U Pro, which has a built-in GPS, for that amount. The superb Huawei Watch Fit, which looks identical to the Band 6 but offers greater features and performance, is available for a little more.
Tracking your fitness and health
The Band 6’s standout feature is its flexible fitness and health monitoring suite, which is now featured on practically every Huawei wearable. You may also set objectives for calories burnt, time spent standing, and exercise hours using a three-ring activity system similar to Apple’s activity rings.
The Band 6’s 90+ workout modes can monitor a wide range of activities, from walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming to belly dance, dart tossing, and skating. All you have to do is swipe through the band’s menu of workouts, touch start, and the band will begin playing. If you don’t want to go through the choices, there’s automated workout recognition, which nearly always works.
During exercises, the band measures your heart rate in real time, which helps you determine if you’re in your ideal heart rate zones. When compared to the Garmin Venu and the Apple Watch SE, workout results are accurate, but real-time and resting heart rate are sometimes a few beats higher.
Life of the battery
The battery life of the HUAWEI Band 6 is good, as is the case with previous Huawei wearables. The band’s simple Lite OS makes effective use of power, allowing it to get a week and a half out of its 180mAh battery. This is a significant improvement over comparable fitness bands in this price range in terms of battery life.
Your mileage may decrease if you do many exercises per day and have all-day heart rate and SpO2 monitoring enabled. However, with light to moderate use, you can expect to obtain roughly 10 days of battery life on a single charge, falling short of Huawei’s estimates of two weeks.
The Band 6 comes with a two-pin cradle that magnetically attaches to the device’s back. Charging is simple and rapid, taking less than an hour from zero to full.
HUAWEI Band 6 as a Smart Watch
In terms of Smartwatch Capabilities, you will receive a fitness tracker that works with both Android and iPhones. We spent our testing time with the Band 6 connected to an Android phone, and we had no trouble setting it up, pairing it, or syncing it with the Huawei Health companion app.
Weather predictions are available, as well as the ability to use it as a remote shutter for snapping smartphone images and music controls, albeit these are only available when associated with an Android phone.
Payments, a music player, and an app store interface are all absent. Given the price, this is hardly unexpected. What is here, though, works nicely, thanks in large part to the presence of that enormous screen. Notifications and audio controls are excellent, and if you like watch faces, Huawei has several to choose from.
HUAWEI Band 6 Review
The HUAWEI Band 6 resembles a trimmed-down version of the Huawei Watch Fit sans the built-in GPS in many aspects. With a traditional big AMOLED display on the front and a more compact and lightweight construction, it resembles a slimmer Watch Fit. It also features the same 9-10-day battery life as the Huawei Watch Fit, which has traditionally been a key selling point for Huawei wearables.
The HUAWEI Band 6 runs Lite OS, which contains most of Huawei’s higher-priced wearables’ fitness and health tracking functions. It’s also limited by the same software flaws, such as the inability to exchange data with third-party programs like Strava and limited customization options. Lite OS, on the other hand, shines because to its basic and intuitive user interface.
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