For various reasons, Huawei and its sub-brand Honor are no longer active in the smartphone space in India. However, this has not held the company back in related product segments, including wearables and audio products, where it continues to have a presence. Wearables are a popular and rapidly growing segment, especially in the affordable price range that has many of the company’s novelties. One of the company’s latest innovations is the Huawei Watch Fit.
Priced at Rs. 8,999 in India, the Huawei Watch Fit is marketed as a smartwatch rather than a fitness band, even if its design and functions make you think differently. It’s also priced a little higher than many products with similar features, but there are a few key factors that help it stand out from the crowd. Is This the Best Fitness-Oriented Wearable That Get You Under Rs. 10,000? Find out in this review.
Huawei Watch Fit design
Smartwatches and fitness trackers offer many of the same features, but the differences lie in the physical design and software functionality. The Huawei Watch Fit has a design unique enough not to fall into either category. The large AMOLED screen and thick case make it feel like a smartwatch, but the slim form factor and fitness-oriented features offer functionality that is closer to what you’d expect from a fitness tracker.
The Huawei Watch Fit has a 1.64-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 280 x 456 pixels. This results in a pixel density of 326 ppi and a screen-to-body ratio of 70 percent. It is available in India in three colors – black, blue and pink – and comes with matching removable rubber straps depending on the color chosen. The smartwatch has a single button on the right side. On the underside there are charging contact points and the optical sensor for heart rate and blood oxygen measurements.
I found the Huawei Watch Fit comfortable to wear and it was light enough to be inconspicuous even when sleeping. The single button on the watch controls power, opens the app drawer when you’re on the home screen, and jumps to the home screen from anywhere within the watch’s user interface. The device is supplied with a charging cable that is magnetically attached to the charging contact points on the underside. It stayed securely on a flat surface while charging and was not easy to detach.
The Watch Fit weighs 21 g without a strap and has various sensors, including an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a capacitive sensor to wake up the watch screen with a lifting gesture, an ambient light sensor and an optical heart rate sensor. There is also a built-in GPS and the case is 5 ATM water resistant. The primary connection mode with your smartphone is bluetooth, although the version is not specified.
Huawei Watch Fit software, user interface and app
The Huawei Watch Fit has its own custom operating system and user interface and is connected to the companion app via Bluetooth (available for Android and iOS) to synchronize fitness and health data. For this test I used an Android smartphone on which the app is installed.
The user interface on the Huawei Watch Fit was simple and clean, with touch and tap gestures that allowed me to navigate the different screens and work in conjunction with the physical button.
The AMOLED screen is used well on the Huawei Watch Fit, with most backgrounds being black to highlight content and extend battery life. The apps on the smartwatch are solid and largely cover the basics; There’s no way to install third-party apps. Most of the apps on the smartphone I used the Watch Fit with were supported for notifications, including WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and of course the phone and messaging apps.
I really liked how sharp and high quality the Watch Fit’s user interface looked, with everything being well optimized for the high resolution AMOLED screen. Settings and notifications were easy to access, fitness and health data were just a few swipes away, and it was convenient to start exercising and measure my heart rate and SpO2. You can also view weather updates, control music on your paired smartphone, set timers and alarms, paging your paired smartphone and much more.
Many of the pre-installed watch faces can be selected directly on the Huawei Watch Fit, but you can also use the Huawei Health app to download and install custom watch faces for free from the face gallery. A lot of these felt poorly designed and sticky, but there are also some useful, good-looking watch faces to choose from. In addition to the time, these can also provide a lot of information, e.g. B. steps, heart rate and more.
The Huawei Health app works well and, in my experience, the connection between smartwatch and smartphone was stable. The app syncs and stores health and fitness data within the app for easy reference. You can start workouts right from the app, configure important device and health monitoring settings, update the watch’s firmware and much more. It’s among the better affordable smartwatch and fitness tracker apps you can find right now.
Performance and battery life of the Huawei Watch Fit
Although intended as a smartwatch, the Huawei Watch Fit looks and feels more like a premium fitness tracker. With a big, sharp AMOLED screen, the hardware to keep track of key health and fitness parameters, and functional features for the second screen, this device is impressive for the price on paper. However, the Huawei Watch Fit did not take very precise measurements when tracking some parameters. On the downside, the smartwatch functionality turned out to be more reliable, and I didn’t have any issues with push notifications from apps, caller identification, or music controls.
The Huawei Watch Fit can track an impressive 96 different types of workouts, including common ones like indoor and outdoor walking and running, biking, swimming, rowing, and ellipticals to name a few. There are also many niche options including various dance forms, yoga, Pilates, weight training, various martial arts, and popular sports like tennis, cricket, soccer, and more.
Other categories of activities include water sports, extreme sports such as parkour, and winter sports such as snowboarding. It’s hard to say how accurate and useful the tracking will be on some of these, but it’s nice to know that the Huawei Watch Fit has some understanding of how to move your body around during such niche and specialty activities.
For my review, I kept to following the basics of the workout, including walking indoor and outdoor and climbing stairs in my home. In our manual step counting test, the Huawei Watch Fit recorded 1,071 steps, while I counted 1,000 manually – a fairly high error rate of around 7 percent. For other tests, I used an Apple Watch Series 5 to compare data and the differences were similar.
When walking in a covered area, the Huawei Watch Fit recorded around 75 more steps per 1,000 steps than the Apple Watch. The distance calculation showed an even bigger difference of 1.14 km on the Huawei device for 1 km on the Apple Watch. It should be noted that the Watch Fit allows manual distance calibration for indoor walks to improve tracking accuracy over time.
The Huawei Watch Fit has a GPS sensor that is activated for all distance-based outdoor workouts and activities such as walks and runs. I expected this to result in better accuracy, but there was still a significant difference in the distance records – the Huawei device recorded a distance of 1.18 km while the Apple Watch recorded 1 km, for a distance which Google Maps estimated at just under 1 km.
On the whole, the fitness tracking of the Huawei Watch Fit is much less accurate than what I’ve seen with cheaper devices with similar features like the Realme Watch 2 Pro.
I also found that the SpO2 readings are pretty inaccurate compared to those from a decent pulse oximeter; the Huawei Watch Fit delivered values of 96-97 percent of the blood oxygen saturation, while the pulse oximeter showed values of 98-99 percent.
The heart rate readings on the Huawei Watch Fit were accurate and matched what I could see on both the pulse oximeter and the Apple Watch. Sleep tracking was also reasonably accurate on the Huawei device, and the data is a bit more detailed than what you can get from an Apple Watch.
The battery life of the Huawei Watch Fit is very good, with regular use the device runs for around nine days on a single charge. It is possible to get a little more out of the battery, for example, by switching off the regular heart rate measurement and only allowing limited use of GPS tracking. However, the battery life is decent, even if your usage tends to use up more power. Charging is convenient and quick with the supplied cable.
The Huawei Watch Fit has a lot to offer, including good design and hardware, a very good screen, sophisticated and well thought-out software and an app that ensures that everything runs smoothly. In a large department, however, it falls short: fitness tracking. The margins of error for step and distance tracking were too high, and the tracking of blood oxygen saturation seemed completely arbitrary in our tests. While heart rate and sleep tracking have been decent in my experience, this is not quite enough to show this device’s fitness testimonials.
As a smartwatch, the Huawei Watch Fit is reasonably good, so it might be worth considering for its design and ease of use. As a fitness tracker, the Watch Fit falls short even when compared to cheaper competitors, including the Realme Watch 2 Pro. Options like the Mi Watch Revolve Active might also be worth considering at this price point.