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Huawei bridges gap between smartwatch and fitness tracker

Steve Rogerson
November 7, 2016



Bridging the gap between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker, Huawei Fit is a wearable device designed to suit everybody's fitness needs.
 
Featuring multi-sport tracking, automatic step count, heart rate and sleep monitoring, as well as smartphone alerts, Huawei Fit, said the Chinese company, is the perfect companion for every body regardless of fitness level.
 
"Huawei Fit is the next evolution of Huawei wearables, combining learnings from products including the Huawei Watch," said Zhengdong Zhu, president of Huawei Device in the USA. "We designed Huawei Fit to be the perfect fitness companion, with accurate tracking technology for fitness, heart and sleep. With a long-lasting battery, Huawei Fit is ready for anything and suitable for everybody."
 
It has a stylish design and standard band sizes. The rugged, always-on LCD touch screen delivers at a glance information such as time, steps and heart rate. Users can switch between pre-set dial styles – the time is always visible, even in strong light, thanks to the reflective and backlit display, controlled by an ambient light sensor.
 
The body is moulded from a single aluminium component in two finishes – Moonlight Silver and Titanium Grey. It meets 5ATM water resistance standards.
 
The device automatically senses when the wearer is walking, running and sleeping, and monitors these activities, recording the number of steps, distance, calories burned and duration of sleep every day. Through the Huawei Wear app, users can set their goal, and the Huawei Fit will track progress throughout the day.
 
Accurate heart rate measurements are delivered thanks to an innovative design and high signal strength, as well as unique skin colour detection algorithms to account for different skin tones. Heart rate can be measured manually by accessing the heart rate screen, automatically throughout an exercise session, or continuous all-day monitoring for a detailed view of heart rate over four hours.
 
During exercise and training modes, five heart rate zones are displayed on the watch in real time. These zones are divided according to the activity – warm up, fat burning, aerobic endurance, anaerobic endurance and maximum effort. When the heart rate approaches the maximum effort zone, the watch will vibrate to alert the user.
 
Paired with the Huawei Wear app, users can review a daily heart rate curve, including minimum and maximum rates and resting heart rate. It can also provide a health assessment based on heart rate statistics over time.
 
Multiple forms of exercise are supported, including walking, running, cycling, treadmill workouts and swimming, with different modes monitoring different data. It automatically identifies walking or running status and records data, including goals such as distance, calories, times, fat burning and aerobic endurance.
 
At the completion of a session, the watch can display statistics such as distant, duration, average pace, calories, heart rate range, exercise result score, new records, VO2 maximum and recovery time.
 
For users looking to improve their fitness performance, Huawei Fit offers running training guidance based on stamina and training goals. Leveraging technology from FirstBeat, a provider of physiological analytics for sports and well-being, it can design running plans, give real time guidance during a session, and export reports upon session completion.
 
The device's training supports 5km, 10km, half marathon and marathon modes. Each plan can be designed according to the user's exercise habits, available time and physical fitness.
 
Users can keep in touch even during the toughest workout. They simply sync Huawei Fit to a smartphone to receive smart alerts for incoming call and messages. The watch will vibrate when a call is incoming, identify when a call is missed, and even allow the user to end a call by swiping up on the watch screen.
 
Good sleep is important for optimum health, so it also provides detailed sleep analysis, tracking sleeping and waking times, including evaluation sleep stages, such as light sleep and deep sleep. It leverages the Pittsburgh sleep quality index and polysomnography to provide a detailed sleep analysis report.
 
The battery lasts for six days with normal use and up to 30 days in standby mode. Charging time for a full battery is less than two hours.