Huawei’s latest wearable to come to Europe is the Huawei Fit, a fitness tracker with an Apple Watch-esque design that’s equipped with a number of virtual fitness workouts and tracking for a range of activities.
I’ve spent some time with the Huawei Watch Fit to see how it performs in daily use – tracking exercise, testing the built-in fitness programmes, and seeing how reliable the sleep tracking and heartrate monitoring is.
The outer metal casing of the Watch Fit comes in either black, silver or rose gold, and the silicone strap is available in Graphite Black, Mint Green, Cantaloupe Orange and Sakura Pink. The model I tested was the rose gold and pink strap combination.
Weighing in at 21g (without the strap), this is a lightweight watch that sits slim on your wrist and isn’t obtrusive like some bigger wearables.
Like other Huawei watches, the Watch Fit runs on Lite OS. It’s easy to navigate and features are clearly laid out, though the watch doesn’t offer any third-party app support which may be a deal-breaker for some.
You can sync up your watch to receive phone notifications, incoming calls, alarms, and the weather, and get the ability to control music playback on your phone. However, despite the Watch Fit’s appearance, the limited number of features do make this wearable more of a fitness tracker than a dedicated smartwatch.
During walking sessions, the GPS in the Huawei Fit accurately tracks routes and provides you with your average pace, cadence, the calories burnt and max heart rate throughout the workout.
I tested the watch during swimming sessions, and it was able to provide information on my most used stroke, as well as the number of laps I did by programming the length of the pool into the watch. The watch also relays the wearer’s heartrate section is during the workout.
Huawei claims a ten-day average battery life from the 180mAh cell, and largely I found this to be true. Keeping the brightness on auto and using the workout feature about three times a week (and sleep tracking a couple of times per week), it managed to hit this mark. Of course, turning up the brightness and working out more regularly drains the cell quicker.