Honor obviously cannot only produce smartphones at an impressive price-performance ratio. The tech company now also wants to show off in the field of fitness trackers. Despite an MSRP of less than 50 Euros, this one seems to have a lot to offer. We take a look at the upcoming wearable from Huawei’s former subsidiary.
Already available in China
Chinese fans of Honor can already strike at the Band 6. Now the company has also announced the release in Europe. This is more or less the first sign of life we’ve heard from Honor since the split from giant former parent company Huawei took place in November last year. Now the small smartphone manufacturer belongs to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co., Ltd. However, the delay is deceptive here. The Honor Band 6 is not yet a sole development of the company, but still grew out of the cooperation with Huawei. The practical fitness tracker cannot hide this in its current form. After all, the Band 6 still relies on the health app Huawei Health. However, this fact is also supposed to change soon. When it does, Honor’s independence should be perfect.
Larger display than on the Band 5
The first look at the Band 6 reveals a major upgrade over its predecessor. Namely, Honor gives the fitness tracker a larger display than the Band 5. Instead of the 24 mm screen diagonal, the latest generation offers 37 mm screen diagonal. However, it is not only the size that convinces. Honor also relies on a high-quality AMOLED panel that is not only high-contrast but also razor-sharp with 194 x 368 pixels. Of course, the display is also the central control unit. In addition to the touch control, the fitness tracker can also be operated via a button on the side.
At the heart of any fitness tracker are, of course, the sports and health features. And here Honor doesn’t seem to make any compromises. The wearer’s pulse is determined around the clock as standard. If it appears to be uncharacteristically high or low, you get a warning. On top of that, the oxygen saturation in the blood is estimated. Honor also wants to be able to measure your stress level with the Band 6. The tracker uses the time between two heartbeats as a reference. The package is rounded off by a sleep tracker and the recording of workouts. The latter are very diverse. You can not only track classic sports like running, walking and cycling, but also more exotic disciplines like rowing. The fitness tracker can even be used for swimming. Here, the moves are also counted.
Battery life of two weeks
Honor promises that the battery of the fitness tracker can last for 14 days. On the other hand, those who use the Band 6 intensively will still have to be satisfied with a good 10 days of battery life. The battery charging behavior seems to be just as pleasing. Thus, the company promises that you should be able to enjoy the fitness tracker for three days with just 10 minutes of battery charging.
Of course, the wearable is not a smartwatch a la Apple Watch. Thus, you cannot expect anything earth-shattering in the area of smart features. A few functions nevertheless arise from the link with a smartphone. For example, you can control music playback and the camera via remote shutter release. Important messages and calls are also displayed on the fitness tracker. Many will also be pleased about the alarm function.
Price and availability
On April 30, the time has come. Then the promising Honor Band 6 should also be launched in this country. Should you be interested in the fitness tracker, you have the choice between three different colors. Besides Meteorite Black and Sandstone Grey, Honor also launches the Band 6 in Coral Pink. With an MSRP of 49.90 Euros, Honor will most likely launch a real price-performance hit. It should not only be possible to use it with Android smartphones. The fitness tracker should also work very well with iPhones.