Huawei is keen on toppling Xiaomi’s Mi Band as the leading budget fitness tracker with its latest release of the Huawei Band 6. It’s an entry-level fitness tracker loaded with great wellness features and long battery life. It also sports an impressive AMOLED display and tracks everything from blood oxygen levels, your runs, sleep, and many more. What gives it a solid selling advantage is the balance between price, aesthetics, and fitness features. Most fitness trackers come with small screens and limited functionalities, but the Huawei Band 6 is decent and a step away from this trend.
Huawei Band 6 Review: Price and Availability
The Huawei Band 6 fitness tracker is available to buy now on Huawei UK and Huawei AUS at a suggested retail price of £59.99 and AU$139 respectively. That’s approximately $80, making it quite cheap for what it offers. The Band 6 isn’t officially available in the US market, but you can find it on retail sites like Amazon or eBay.
Huawei Band 6 Review: Design, Build, and Display
The latest generation Huawei Band 6 incorporates a 148 percent larger display than the Honor Band. With a 1.47-inch FullView AMOLED display, you can mistake it for a smartwatch. This large display is a good thing because you can flick through the notifications and messages and read them. The low bezel to body ratio makes the display look even bigger, and the high-resolution screen makes it seem far more expensive and premium than it actually is.
The straps, made from skin-friendly, UV-treated silicone are super light, comfortable, and dirt resistant. Plus, you get to pick from a beautiful color palette to match your mood, including Sakura Pink, Forest Green, Amber Sunrise, and Graphite Black. Unfortunately, you can’t swap them out for other colors, and replacing them might take some effort. Another personalization feature of the Huawei Band 6 allows you to choose from a variety of watch face designs accessible via the HUAWEI Watch Face Store.
The build itself is quite remarkable and weighs only 18 grams without the strap. The case is made from durable polymer materials (basically plastic) – but then most fitness trackers use this material (so nothing new there). While it’s water-resistant, it’s rated to 5 ATM, meaning you can go for a swim or shower with it.
Huawei Band 6 Review: Health Features
The Huawei Band 6 fitness tracker’s high resolution gives it a nice bright screen, making your data easily readable even out in the sun. It has a pair of metal contacts for charging at the back cover, and comes integrated with a three-ring activity system similar to Apple’s activity rings for setting goals for calories burned, exercise hours, and time spent standing.
The tracker is incorporated with over 90 workout modes, ranging from dancing, dart throwing, skating, running, walking, swimming, and cycling. To select a workout mode, simply swipe through the list, tap start and get going. There’s also an automatic workout detection, which saves you the hassle of going through the menu, and so far it’s been working perfectly.
It has a heart rate sensor on the inside of the case, offering real-time heart rate tracking during workouts, which can be handy when you want to know if you’ve hit your target heart rate zones. While workout results were accurate, real-time and resting heart rates displayed a higher bpm compared to Apple Watch SE and Garmin Venu.
A summary of your workout, with graphic visuals and charts, is viewable on the band or via the Huawei Health app. It displays details about your sleep, heart, stress levels, and exercise records. Everything works great until you try to pair it to your smartphone pairing or sync the fitness app. It’s unreliable, slow, and might take a few tries before it pairs with your phone. Firmware updates and pending data syncs can also take several minutes to complete, which can be frustrating.
Something else. The app can show incorrect or different readings at times, and you might be forced to re-sync the app to get the correct reading. Considering the slow process, it can be quite annoying. After successful pairing, push notifications have a limited length, forcing you to pull out your phone.
Other than that, sleep tracking works great, and the data is neatly displayed with useful details. You can also set alarms, control music playback, and check the weather conditions. The Huawei Band 6 also comes with an ‘all-day’ blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoring, which the company deems especially useful during the pandemic.
Huawei Band 6 Review: Battery
The Huawei Band 6 comes with a 180mAh battery and has a decent life between charges. According to Huawei, it can go for a full 14 days on a single charge, and true to its word, it seemed to hold up pretty well during testing. The excellent battery life is partly due to the minimal Lite OS, which utilizes power efficiently.
As usual, the higher the load on the fitness tracker, the faster the battery will drain. With heavier use, you can expect the battery to last up to 10 days. Recharging the battery is fast, with a 5-minute charge boosting it to 14 percent. It takes around 40 minutes to charge the tracker from 50 percent to 100 percent.
Huawei Band 6: Verdict
The Huawei Band 6 is an inexpensive fitness tracker with impressive features that offer solid performance, considering the price. The large display, long battery life, and lightweight material make it a perfect companion for keeping track of your fitness goals and health.
However, it comes with a few things that need addressing, such as software and sync issues. Despite that, it’s a fitness tracker that will provide sufficient functionality for the casual athlete.