The smartband market is extremely busy and Xiaomi, with its popular Mi Band, has been setting the trends for the industry for a long time. Fortunately, Huawei decided to enter this world more aggressively — now with the Huawei Band 6. Betting on a smartwatch look, the Chinese fitness bracelet has a 1.47-inch AMOLED screen, battery for up to 14 days of use, pulse oximeter and approximately 100 training modes.
The company’s strategy is to offer a popular fitness tracker, but with an embedded smart watch experience. And for that, the brand asks for R$ 549. Did they do a good job? And how is Mi Band 6 now? I have been using the Huawei Band 6 for weeks and share my review below.
Huawei Band 6 review in video
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Design and fabric
The new design of the Huawei Band 6 represents a great maturation of Huawei and I analyze that this strategy can open up new possibilities throughout the sector. Since its global launch, the wearable has caught my attention because of its similarity to the Huawei Watch Fit, the company’s entry-level smartwatch that did very well in the tests of the Techblog, in January of this year.
The Band 6 is available in four colors: graphite black, green, orange and pink. I tested the darkened model, which, let’s face it, is quite “dull” for being too sober. As we expect from a device like this, the finish is simple, with polymer, with fiberglass reinforcement and a silicone bracelet. According to Huawei, the gadget’s strap has undergone UV treatment, which consequently helps prevent skin irritation.
And, really, on a daily basis, the smartband doesn’t generate discomfort and, even at bedtime, I didn’t feel discomfort. However, not everything is perfect. You can even find other types of bracelets on the market for this device, but removing the original Band 6 accessory is quite a challenge. For those who exercise in the pool or on the beach, it is good to know that the product is water resistant up to 50 meters deep.
Huawei watches have always delivered excellent displays and the company has maintained this “standard of quality” in the current fitness bracelet. Now, she bets on a 1.47-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 368 x 194 pixels. As I mentioned in the Mi Band 6 review, this display upgrade favors the display of more features and, with just one touch, you can quickly access the heart rate monitor and the step counter, for example. Furthermore, the brightness is strong, the definition of icons and texts is good, as is the view in open environments.
Health and fitness tracking resources
The Huawei Band 6 continues to deliver the essentials for you to track health and fitness. In all, there are 96 training modes available, 66 more than Mi Band 6. Running, walking, treadmill, indoor and outdoor cycling, swimming, rowing, elliptical, yoga, pilates, crossfit, HIIT, badminton, tennis and jumping rope are some of the exercises available on the device. For those who want to monitor their health more closely, the gadget is able to monitor steps, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), sleep, stress level and menstrual cycle.
Let’s start, then, with the analysis of the heart rate sensor, which didn’t give me much confidence. At various times, always at rest, the device had very high measurements compared to the Apple Watch Series 6 and Mi Band 6, which have reliable sensors, in my opinion. In another scenario, after a workout, I noticed that the Huawei Band 6 provided lower average beats than I’m used to. For example, on the elliptical I usually record 168 bpm, but Band 6 was at 134 bpm, a big difference in my case.
The oximeter, which has been gaining more and more attention in smartbands today, proved to be accurate, without showing numbers so incompatible with the current situation in the test. The sensor is also not as slow as the Mi Band and always stops measuring when it detects movement that could impair the measurement.
In the past I praised the Chinese sleep monitor in watch reviews and here I reaffirm the excellence in this review of Huawei Band 6. The technology, called TruSleep, impresses for being detailed, showing the stages of sleep (REM, light, deep) , and for accuracy: the wearable shows the exact time I woke up and got it right. The Huawei Health app even shares a note for your night’s sleep, explains what is rated and gives you tips on how to sleep better. The company is to be congratulated for the excellent resource and I hope it stays that way.
In fitness tracking, it owes built-in GPS for those who run, hike or cycle, but it’s not a problem, because most gadgets in this category don’t deliver the technology either. Still, I can take advantage of the cell phone’s GPS to get all the details of the route. Band 6 can also detect four exercises: walking, running, elliptical and rowing, that is, one less than Xiaomi’s bracelet, which, in addition to these, can detect cycling.
Your workout data is automatically saved in Huawei Health, which I like because of its simple navigation, clean layout, but without leaving the detail aside. In walking, for example, the app provides the duration of the workout, calories burned, average pace, speed, steps, heart rate, among other information. All metrics can be automatically sent to Apple Health or Google Fit. However, I like the Huawei app so much that I always choose to do my reviews for it.
Smartwatch and Battery Features
In smartwatch features, Huawei Band 6 is nothing very different from rivals, however there are many inconsistencies in the software. It can mirror cell phone notifications, but it is not possible to respond to them, and on occasions I have noticed a delay in this communication; special characters are even displayed, but the device does not support emojis. Another feature so simple and popular — the music player — intrigued me, because I just couldn’t find it on the Band 6 system; browsing through the company’s website, I found out that the track playback control is not compatible with iOS system, only Android.
The shutter, used to take pictures with the cell phone via smartband, is only compatible with Huawei phones running EMUI and, of course, it doesn’t work on Apple’s system either. Definitely, in this regard, the Chinese device leaves a lot to be desired and it is noteworthy that the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 has all these features mentioned here and they work very well on both Android and iOS. The list of gauges is quite extensive and the larger screen allows you to have some “widgets”, which lead to the BPM, steps and weather forecast screen. I just missed the animated watchfaces, which we’ve already found in the competition.
At least on drums I managed to have a positive experience. The company guarantees up to 14 days with normal use and up to 10 days if the person demands more from the fitness wristband. In practice, the autonomy is excellent and there is a very long interval to put the equipment in the charger, bringing light to the energy efficiency of the device. With intense use, monitoring training, heart rate, sleep and blood oxygen saturation, it was possible to keep Band 6 on for exactly 10 days, very good.
Huawei Band 6: is it worth it?
Okay, but she sure isn’t for everyone. Huawei Band 6 is a very competent basic fitness tracker when it comes to monitoring the user’s health and fitness, for those who are not very demanding, of course. Basically, the manufacturer took advantage of all the good features of Huawei Watch Fit and Watch GT series, and worked on a simpler look, but still bold for the category. The manufacturer hits strongly for the update in design, comfort and the AMOLED screen, which continues to stand out for its quality.
The heart rate sensor is not 100% reliable, but it should suit those who are not looking for accuracy, the technology that tracks oxygen saturation in the blood, commonly found in expensive smart watches such as the Apple Watch Series 6, worked properly during mines. tests. And the sleep tracking monitor is another system that Huawei has mastered, as it is very accurate and detailed. I also can’t help but praise the Huawei Health app, which has been gaining significant improvements and consistent integration with each new release.
But I said that Huawei Band 6 is not for everyone. Well, for now, this device only makes sense for those who use Android, especially for owners of Huawei smartphones. The absence of music player and other features on iOS make Mi Band 6 the best option for those in the world of Apple — and once again reinforcement: Xiaomi’s bracelet works very well on Apple devices. Huawei Band 6 is a great smartband for Android and it only fuels my anxiety to know what can come after this generation.