As the holiday season approaches, many companies are coming out with new fitness trackers and smartwatches in the hopes that you’ll give them or get them to help with new year’s resolutions. Huawei is one of those companies looking to capitalize on the season—aside from its Android Wear smartwatch, the Chinese manufacturer hasn’t come out with a fitness device since its TalkBand series. The $130 Huawei Fit is its answer to the Fitbits, Garmins, and other trackers saturating the mid-range space.
Despite its a circular, watch-like look, the Fit is mostly an activity tracker, though it can still receive smartphone notifications. Huawei checked off all the necessary boxes that would make a fitness tracker capable at this price: it tracks steps, calories, distance, and sleep. It also has continuous heart rate tracking via an optical heart rate monitor, and well as call, text, and some app alerts in addition to connected GPS. Huawei developed the heart rate monitor in the Fit rather than outsourcing from another company, and it’s quite accurate. Most of the time, it was within 5 bpm of the Apple Watch Series 2’s readings.
However, I was disappointed to see how few exercises you could actually track with the Fit.
You can only monitor running, cycling, walking, treadmill activities, and swimming (thanks to its IP68 rating). While swim tracking is a good addition that many companies are just starting to incorporate into their devices, I was hoping to see more workout options. But Huawei did add “training routines” to make up for its lack of activity-specific tracking, which positions the Fit almost as a preparatory device. In the Huawei Wear mobile app on Android and iOS, you can set a training plan that will prep you for a 5K, marathon, or another race you’re going to do in the future. Not only will these training plans define what days of the week you’ll be working out and what you’ll be doing, but you can use the Fit in conjunction with the app during a run to get some voice-coaching as well.
The Huawei Fit is a solid device from a company that has been relatively quiet about fitness trackers. Its TalkBand devices were a weird combination of Bluetooth earpiece and activity tracker, and the concept wasn’t really executed well. But with the Fit, Huawei clearly took notice of what competing companies are doing and what users need in a wrist-bound fitness tracker. And for $130, it’s affordable enough that it could convert some users who want an accurate heart rate monitor in a well-designed yet simple device. Check out the full video review above for more details on the Huawei Fit.
- Lightweight, modern design.
- Accurate heart rate monitor.
- Good battery life.
- Limited number of exercises to track.
- Few third-party app integrations.
- Huawei Wear app is a bit cluttered.
- App can be buggy when syncing data from watch.