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In April of this year, HUAWEI released the HUAWEI Band 6, the company’s latest smart band. In comparison to the HUAWEI Band 4 Pro, this boasts a larger 1.47-inch AMOLED 2.5D touch screen. It features 24-hour blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoring in addition to 24-hour heart rate monitoring. Is it really worth the money? Let’s take a look and find out more.

Huawei Band 6 At a Glance

  • Display: 1.47-inch AMOLED display (94 x 368-pixel display)
  • Monitoring: All-day heart-rate monitoring, blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, cycle tracking
  • Battery: 180mAh (14 days)
  • Water-resistance: 50 meters
  • Weight: 18 grams (without straps)
  • Dimensions: 43 x 25.4 x 10.99 mm
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Design and Build

The HUAWEI Band 6 sports a distinctive screen design that, thanks to its huge 1.47-inch screen, seems more like a smartwatch than a band. Bezels can be seen all around the screen. This weighs 18 grams and measures 43 x 25.4 x 10.45 mm (without the strap). It features a polycarbonate body and a water resistance rating of 5ATM, making it suitable for swimming. There’s a 6-axis IMU sensor (accelerometer, gyroscope), an optical heart rate sensor, a PPG heart rate sensor, and a SpO2 sensor included. In comparison to the HONOR Band 5 and HUAWEI Band 4, it employs Bluetooth 5.0 LE.

The strap is comprised of hypoallergenic, UV-treated silicone that is super-light and surprisingly dirt-resistant. It’s adjustable and looks like a standard watch band, much like the HUAWEI Band 4. The strap contains a plastic buckle with a metal appearance. It’s a tight fit that won’t come out easily unless you remove it. On the right side, there is a button to open the apps menu or return home.

The core unit may be hard to separate from the strap. You need to press the buttons on both ends of the straps firmly to accomplish this task. The Band 6 is available in Graphite Black, Sakura Pink, Amber Sunrise, and Forest Green colors, but the strap is not sold separately. There are third-party straps available online, but I’m not sure how trustworthy they are.

When you use the heart rate sensor to measure heart rate, you can see the heart rate sensor on the back, which features glowing green LED lights. When you measure blood oxygen saturation, the SpO2 sensor lights red, but it also has a green LED integrated into it. The charging pins may also be seen on the back. Overall, the construction quality is satisfactory.

 

Display

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The Band 6 boasts a brilliant 1.47-inch 283PPI AMOLED color touch screen 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 152 x 486 pixels.  You may program it to turn on when you lift your hand, and the screen will switch off after a few seconds to conserve energy. It’s still prone to fingerprints and isn’t totally scratch-proof. The touch screen is easy to operate and has a 148 percent larger display surface than the HUAWEI Band 4 Pro, allowing for more content to be displayed.

The screen is bright, and visibility outside is not an issue. Screen brightness can be adjusted in 5 levels. Indoors, a brightness of 2 or 3 is sufficient, but you’ll need to raise it to 4 or 5 to see the screen when it’s bright outside. In fact, even with the ‘Reduce brightness at night’ option activated, I found the screen to be bright at Level 1 at night. There is no ambient light sensor to facilitate the auto-brightness adjustment. 

Swiping down from the top brings up the fast settings toggle, which includes shortcuts for Do-not-disturb, Keep screen on for 5 minutes, Vibration, Alarm, and Settings. To view heart rate, weather, music settings, and more, simply swipe left or right on the touch screen. In the settings, you can add 5 of these widgets from your favorites and alter their order. SpO2, Sleep, Stress, and Activity records are some of the other options accessible. When the band is connected to the phone, the music control panel allows you to play, pause, skip tracks and adjust volume when playing music or any other type of content such as films or audio. You can view and dismiss notifications from your phone, but you can’t respond to them directly from the band. You get notified when someone calls you. You can reject or auto-respond with a message, but you can’t mute it.

Workouts, Workout records, heart rate, SpO2, Activity records, Sleep, Stress, Breathing exercises, Music, Notifications, Weather, Stopwatch, Timer, Alarm, Flashlight, Find phone, and settings can all be accessed by pressing the hardware button. You can choose different watch faces, preferred widgets, adjust brightness, and change the screen timeout period in the Advanced option under Display (10, 15, 20, or auto). You may also select the vibration strength (Strong, Soft, or off), the Do-not-disturb schedule, the Enable option to automatically detect workouts, and the System menu to update, restart, power off, disconnect, or reset the band.

 

Software

The band enables you to access the HUAWEI health app for Android and iOS devices. It is recommended you side-load the most recent APK for the Health app, as the one available in the Play Store is out of date and lacks a number of features, such as continuous SpO2 monitoring. On the top, the Health section displays the number of steps taken, the duration of the workout, the distance traveled, and the number of calories burned.  You can also tweak them by adding a cycle calendar for menstrual cycle tracking, however, Band 6 does not allow other capabilities such as skin temperature monitoring or weight tracking. Following that is the workout tab and the gadgets section displays the devices that have been installed. The ‘Me’ tab displays exercise medals, reports, plans, and more.

When you click on the HUAWEI Band 6 on the devices page, you’re presented with battery information and the ability to customize the watch face. Separately, there is a store where you may download hundreds of watch faces, both free and premium. Up to 25 watch faces can be stored in the band, something I have not seen in any other model in this price range or even in other smartwatches.

Following that, you’ll get health monitoring, notification, alarming, weather reporting, troubleshooting, and assistance. For notifications, you can specify which app should display them. The device’s settings provide the ability to disable music playback control and raise to wake.

 

Fitness and Sleep Tracking

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The HUAWEI Band 6 features 96 exercise modes, including 11 professional modes for indoor and outdoor running, cycling, and rope skipping, as well as 85 additional customizable modes for fitness, ball games, and dancing. Automatic workout monitoring is available for walking, running, rowing, and elliptical.

For outdoor workouts such as running, the band displays the route map, distance traveled, calories burned, steps taken, average speed, cadence, stride, average heart rate, heart rate zones, and even recovery time. In comparison to the Mi Watch Revolve Active, the steps tracking is practically perfect. Even without built-in GPS, tracking via the phone’s GPS is quite effective. For outdoor workouts, it takes only a few seconds to acquire the GPS from the phone. 

I enjoy the workout setting, which enables voice reminders for distance, pace for the last kilometer, and average heart rate. Additionally, there is a training reminder to keep you motivated. Another feature I enjoy in the program is the running courses and plans. You can share workout statistics in image form along with a photo, such as a selfie. With Google Fit, you can share your data with your workout buddies.

When compared to the Mi Watch Revolve Active, sleep tracking is accurate. As is customary, it depicts light, deep, and REM sleep as well as waking time. It can also be used to track daytime naps, which proved to be rather accurate. This can also be used to determine the quality of your sleep. The HUAWEI TruSleep feature, which may be enabled in the settings, monitors and recommends sleep quality. However, the manufacturer states that it has the potential to drain the battery. In comparison to the Mi Band 6’s Sleep breathing quality feature, this uses less battery and is also more accurate.

 

Heart Rate and SpO2 Monitoring

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The band uses a combination of LED lights and photodiodes to illuminate the blood vessel and then detect the heart rate based on the amount of green light absorbed. You can’t say it’s perfect, but heart rate readings — both resting and active — are nearly as accurate as a blood oximeter gadget. The band itself displays a graph of heart rate and SpO2 throughout the day. When compared to an oximeter, SpO2 or blood oxygen monitoring is nearly as accurate. The software also tracks your stress levels throughout the day.

 

Battery Life

The Huawei Band 6 is powered by a 180mAh battery, and the company claims that it will last 14 days with normal use and 10 days with intensive use. I’ve had it for a week and just charged it for the first time today. This covers initial setup, daily half-hour workouts, continuous heart rate, and SpO2 monitoring, stress monitoring, HUAWEI TruSleep analysis, and call and message notifications. With 30 minutes of outdoor activity, the battery was depleted by only 2 to 3%. Battery life may vary depending on how frequently the display is used at high brightness, whether the heart rate monitor is used during workouts, and whether all alerts are enabled.

The band is charged magnetically. While charging, the band displays the time and important information about how to operate it. Huawei suggests a 5V-0.5A/1A/1.5A/2A input, which is greater than the input recommended for the majority of other bands. Additionally, it features rapid charging.  A five-minute charge provides two days of battery life. It takes less than an hour to fully charge the band from zero to one hundred percent.

 

Final Word

In general, the HUAWEI Band 6 is a feature-rich smart band. I enjoyed the huge display, the workout modes, and the all-day SpO2 monitoring. The battery life is likewise satisfactory, and it supports rapid charging. It would be nice if it featured GPS, as some watches in this price range do, and it lacks easy replacement straps. The price tag may be more than that of competing models, but the features you get make it worth the investment.

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