While the number of new Huawei smartphones is shrinking in Europe, the Chinese company is diversifying more and more and is chaining the announcements concerning connected products. One of the latest is called Watch Fit, a connected watch that looks like an activity tracker. We tested it for several weeks and give you all our conclusions.
Yes Huawei This is not its first attempt in terms of connected watches and bracelets, with its Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band ranges, the Chinese brand is today launching a brand new model that does not belong to either of the aforementioned two ranges : the Watch Fit. And although the manufacturer designates this accessory as a “smart watch ”, the Watch Fit can also be related to a connected bracelet (This is how it was presented to us the first time, even before its release was formalized).
We tested the watch lengthwise, for several weeks, and wearing it every day in all our activities. So should we fall for the Huawei Watch Fit? Answer right here!
Price and availability
The Watch Fit is available now at a price of € 129.99 and in 4 colors : black, spearmint, orange and pink. If these colors correspond to that of the bracelet, they also determine the color of the circumference of the case: gray in the case of a black or mint green bracelet, copper in the case of an orange or pink bracelet.
In addition, for the purchase of the Watch Fit on its site, Huawei offers a choice of pack of 2 mini speakers (Huawei Mini Speaker x2 Black), headphones (Huawei Bluetooth Headphones Lite) or a connected scale. Value of the products in question: € 59.99 each. While Huawei has told us that this promotion will last until October 4, there is no sign of this deadline on its site. The promotion should therefore continue for a long time.
Design: a simple and discreet watch (but a strap color to review?)
As mentioned above, the Watch Fit takes on the appearance of a small accessory that is reminiscent of a connected bracelet, with its case in the shape of a small quadrilateral with slightly rounded edges. Black, measuring 4.6 cm in height, 3 cm in width and 1.07 cm in thickness, the dial of the device is very classic and is particularly discreet. Only its periphery allows it to stand out and makes us say that this is indeed a watch, and not a connected bracelet such as Huawei Band 4 or Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
On the perimeter precisely, we have a single button, which allows the Watch Fit to wake up and call up the main menu. At the back of the dial are the classic connectors for recharging the connected bracelet, as well as the pulse and SpO2 (oxygen saturation rate o2) sensors. Two small clips also offer the means of remove the bracelet and opt for another model.
Note that we received the test time the model equipped with the orange bracelet. The color chosen may not be to everyone’s taste, especially as it gives a really “cheap” appearance to the whole, while the materials used are nevertheless of good quality. The other bracelets are more understated, but that’s just a matter of taste after all.
Relatively light, the Watch Fit weighs 34 grams, strap included (21 grams for the watch only, without the strap). In this sense, it is heavier than a connected bracelet, the weight of which generally fluctuates around fifteen grams. But it’s lighter than a classic connected watch, which weighs between 40 and 50 grams, at the very least.
A quality screen
Before, we take advantage of a 1.64 ″ Amoled screen, which offers a definition of 280 x 450 pixels in 326 PPI. About the display surface, it is 70% relative to the total surface of the dial. If the screen turns on as soon as you look at it, we have noticed that the watch has occasionally failed. In a few cases, fortunately rather rare, the screen remains desperately black. A second small movement of the wrist or pushing the side button resolves the problem.
The whites are good white, the colors on the screen quite vivid, while the screen brightness is very good. The whole thing makes it possible to distinguish all the information on the screen even in direct sunlight, and there is sometimes a lot of it, especially on the home screen.
The Watch Fit pulsates with the aid of a Kirin A1, the same SoC that powers a number of Huawei connected objects. This is what can be found on the Watch GT 2 or even the FreeBuds 3, both of which were released last year. No changes, therefore, in terms of performance: the watch reacts quickly to the slightest touch command imposed on it. Regarding the controls, note in passing that the watch has a small microphone that allows you to give orders during a workout, such as jogging for example.
The Watch Fit has its own GPS chip, which allows you to go for a short jog without having to worry about having to bring your smartphone. This is quite a good point, since it is a component that is usually found on watches at higher price points. In terms of location, there is really nothing to complain about: the GPS managed to locate us without any problem under any circumstance. What definitely let down the GPS of our good old smartphone. On the other hand, the calibration step is quite long, even if once it has been carried out, we will not come back to it. Another point that may also be negative for some: the Watch Fit does not carry any altimeter.
Small precision: the Watch Fit is waterproof up to 50 meters (5 ATM), which allows you to swim with it on your wrist, while remaining on the surface. On the other hand, remember that this type of watch is not at all suitable for diving or for different types of water sports.
Equipped with 4 GB of storage, however, the watch cannot store music. You will have to go through the smartphone to launch an audio file. In this regard, the module dedicated to listening to music allows you to control the playback in progress on the phone: you can switch from one song to another, pause it or adjust the volume
Like any smartwatch that respects itself, the Watch Fit notifies its user when he receives calls or texts, or when an event added to the calendar is approaching. The display is for these notifications is clear, perfectly legible, even if we can blame the watch for sometimes being too discreet (some notifications go by the wayside, without knowing why).
In case you get a little lost in the submenus and notifications, the physical button present on the right edge of the watch returns to the main menu. Swiping up and down from the same main screen allows access to the various settings of the accessory, while offering other features such as night mode, standby mode (standby after 5 minutes) or the management of the alarm. Finally, it is even possible to ring your smartphone. As usual with this type of device, the many screens of the watch provide various information, such as the weather forecast, data on the activity in progress, the state of stress …
The screen and the environment of the watch are extremely responsive and navigating through its menus and submenus is extremely simple. In short, even if Apple’s WatchOS remains for many the ultimate reference in terms of operating system for connected watches, in particular with its system of complications and the Siri assistant, Huawei LiteOS is doing pretty well.
If the watch can operate completely autonomously, it is clear that the smartphone application to which it is coupled remains almost essential on a daily basis. The configuration and management of the watch therefore require Huawei’s Health app. This completely replaces Huawei Wear, although the manufacturer explained to us that they did not want to drop this application immediately. As such, we attempted to pair the Watch Fit with the Huawei Wear app, without success. You must go through the Health application.
Health therefore delivers everything necessary for set up the watch, then monitor its day-to-day activity. The layout of the data is rather well thought out and allows at first glance to consult your heart rate, the number of steps taken during the day, the number of kcal lost, to access the history of the exercises performed, etc. . It also allows you to see how far you have come during an activity, whether it is a run, a walk or an exercise on a bicycle. The application also embeds everything related to health (as the name suggests) in one and the same environment: menstruation cycle, weight, etc.
It is also thanks to this application that we change the watch faces, Huawei offering 125 different ones on its Watch Face Store at the time of writing. The only criticism that we could possibly make with this application is to be too indispensable. Without it, the watch is difficult to adjust and control. For example, we would have liked to have been able to configure and manage your stress level from the watch, without having to go through Health.
Huawei announces an autonomy of up to 7 days in intense use, and 10 days in classic use. The 7 days seen on Huawei are based on 1 hour of sport per week. For our part, we used the watch very frequently and based on training sessions twice a week, for a total of 2h18 of running over the week. As expected, the watch has not reached 7 days, but it is clear that’She held on for over 6.5 days without batting an eyelid.
We also tested the watch in a more traditional situation, without pushing too much effort and being satisfied with a short 30-minute session. The, we have exceeded the 10 days advertised by the manufacturer by more than two full days. Good point: despite the OLED screen, the 180 mAh battery really holds the road. Huawei lives up to its reputation for battery management, and has even underestimated the performance of its hardware.
Note also that the watch has a fast charge mode, which charges the accessory in five minutes and enjoys a day of battery life. And to completely replenish it, it will take 1h15.
So, do we fall for the Watch Fit or not?
We used the watch for 3 weeks and we have to admit that we were not disappointed. The watch is able to monitor a very large number of activities: it offers 96 sports activity modes, while offering recognition of the current activity, among six types of exercises. The Watch Fit also offers fitness classes, such as quick workouts to burn fat or warm up.
The watch allows you to continuously monitor the result of your efforts: it is able to link location data and those related to heart rate, in order to better manage training sessions, the user’s heart rate, etc. As mentioned previously, the Watch Fit would fall more into the category of fitness trackers than that of connected watches. And in the end, we were not disappointed with the result. In this post-confinement period, the resumption of a sporting activity was clearly necessary for us.
The Watch Fit was the perfect companion to get back on your feet. It is certainly not intended for the most seasoned athletes, but it offers a good way to start well and practice regular fitness. In short, we were won over by its versatility, the ergonomics of its interface, even if the Health application remains essential to properly master the accessory.