Huawei Band 6 Hands-On
Skipping a Band 5, Huawei just officially added the Band 6 to its fitness tracker lineup and it’s blurring the line between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. For PHP 2,599, let’s check out its notable features.
Right off the bat, the Huawei Band 6 looks sophisticated and premium. It still has a sporty vibe, but its color variants, especially this Sakura Pink that we have, looks a lot stylish. Its other variations are Graphite Black, Amber Sunrise, and Forest Green.
It adopts the 2.5D glass AMOLED display of the Huawei Watch Fit in a trimmed-down size of 1.47-inches—which is a big step from the Band series’ pill-shaped LCD displays. Specifically, it has a resolution of 194 x 368 pixels, 282ppi, and a 64% screen-to-body ratio.
It’s equipped with a single button on the right side for navigation and it comes with 5ATM water resistance so bringing it to the shower or swimming pool should be fine.
We get a soft and slim silicone rubber strap that can be adjusted to accommodate even the smallest of wrists. It’s comfortable to wear, except when you’re sweaty and the fit is too tight, which is a common case for fitness bands.
The user interface leans more towards a smartwatch than a smart band. We get multiple choices for watch faces, widgets for your health status, notifications, and a home screen menu when you click the side button.
It’s compatible with smartphones that are running on Android 6.0 or above as well as iOS 9.0 or later. To pair it with your phone, you must first download the Huawei Health App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. If you have an Honor or Huawei device, the app should already be preinstalled. Once the app is downloaded, turn on the watch and your phone’s Bluetooth, launch the Huawei Health app, tap on Devices, and add the Huawei Band 6.
The app will give you a more specific overview of your health and fitness status and access numerous free watch faces.
As for features, the Huawei Band 6 packs a 6-axis IMU sensor (accelerometer, gyroscope), an optical heart rate sensor, and an SpO2 sensor to monitor your blood oxygen level all day.
It also comes with the usual smartwatch key features such as 96 sports modes, automatic workout recognition, sleep monitoring, stress monitoring, breathing exercises, music playback controls, weather, stopwatch, timer, smart alarm, flashlight, and find your phone that literally makes your device say “I’m here”. Exclusively for Honor and Huawei devices, it can even be used as a remote camera shutter to your smartphone.
Battery-wise, it keeps a 180mAh capacity that charges with the includes magnetic charger. Huawei claims that it can last up to 2 weeks in regular mode, which is longer than its predecessor by a double. They also mentioned that one 5-minute charge can sustain the smart band for 2 days of typical use.
So the Huawei Band 6 has an SRP of PHP 2,599 that sounds very reasonable for us. It’s almost a full smartwatch in a slim form factor that’s great for casual or active use.
Huawei Band 6 specs:
1.47-inch AMOLED Full-View display
6-axis IMU sensor
Optical heart rate sensor
SpO2 sensor (blood oxygen saturation)
Huawei TruSleep 2.0
96 workout modes
180mAh battery, magnetic charger
Compatible with Android 6.0 or later, iOS 9.0 or later
5 ATM water-resistant
43 mm x 25.4 mm x 10.99mm
Graphite Black, Amber Sunrise, Forest Green, Sakura Pink