At the recent Huawei Developers Conference, Huawei unveiled a range of new devices, including the Watch Fit. This new smartwatch from Huawei, as the name implies, is a watch made for fitness buffs. It’s similar to the Huawei Band series in this regard, but it has a couple of improvements over the Band line, including a bigger screen and more features.
A few days before the Watch Fit’s launch in the Philippines, we got our hands on a unit. While I’ll still need a bit more time to review it fully, my first impressions of the device are quite positive.
Before diving into the feautres, let’s first take a look at the Watch Fit’s design. Compared to the Huawei Band series, the Watch Fit is bigger and has a brighter screen–a 1.64″ AMOLED Display in fact. Thanks to this large AMOLED display, the Watch Fit is bright and easy to read, even when outdoors.
Flanking the display are the Watch Fit’s soft straps that have a lot of holes, meaning it should fit pretty much any user. Thanks to the straps along with the watch’s light weight, the Watch Fit feels quite comfortable to wear, even while working out. It also helps the the straps on the Watch Fit don’t absorb sweat.
The Watch Fit that we have with us has a bright ‘Cantaloupe Orange‘ straps which are quite eye-catching. Though if you find the orange color a bit too bright, the Watch Fit also comes in three other colors: Sakura Pink, Mint Green, and Graphite Black.
Now we move on to the Watch Fit’s features. On the home screen, the Watch Fit has a customizable watch face that can be set to display the time and date, as well as other info such as battery life, calories burned, steps taken, and more. Swiping to the right, you’ll get access to a heart rate monitor, stress sensor, weather info, music controller, and an activity counter.
While a lot of these main features of the Watch Fit are already available in the Huawei Band 4, they look much better on the Watch Fit. Thanks to the larger display, you’ll be able to easily read the info on the Watch Fit’s screen.
Aside from these main features, pressing the button the right side brings you to a menu which displays the Watch Fit’s full list features, including:
- Heart Rate
- Workout Records
- Sp02 (oxymeter)
- Workout Status
- Activity Records
- Sleep record
- Stress sensor
- Breathing Exercises
- Music Controller
- Find Phone
The various workout features and other sensors of the Watch Fit can be used without being connected to a phone. Though for the best experience, connecting a Huawei device or an Android phone is a must. Connecting to a Huawei device is easy, but for other Android phones or iPhones, you’ll need to download the Huawei Health app. Still, once you have the app, syncing the Watch Fit is fairly quick.
As with pretty much all smartwatches, connecting the Watch Fit to a smartphone will let you get notifications, plays music on your phone, and more. This makes the Watch Fit a great companion for day-to-day use, and not just a workout tool.
Currently, I’m quite impressed with how well the Watch Fit works. For instance, I’ve tried out a couple of workout modes on the watch, and they definitely helped add more order in my daily exercise routine. I also found features such as the heart rate sensor and sleep monitor to be quite helpful. To top it all off, the Watch Fit was fast and snappy when swiping between its different features.
As I mentioned above though, I’ll still need some time with the device before I can give my final verdict. It remains to be seen though if the Watch Fit will deliver when it comes to battery life. After all, Huawei claims that the watch can last for up to 10 days on a single charge. Plus, I’ll still need to try out the Watch Fit’s other features.
At its price of PHP 4,999 though, the Watch Fit is shaping up to be a great deal!
The Huawei Watch Fit is now available for pre-order in the Philippines.