If you are a fan of Huawei’s fitness trackers, you might be wondering whether it’s worth upgrading from your current Huawei Band model to the newly announced model for 2023, the Huawei Band 8.
The new device boasts some impressive features, such as a slightly larger AMOLED display, a long battery life, and a blood oxygen monitor. But how does it compare to its predecessor, the Huawei Band 7? Is it worth shelling out extra cash for the new gadget? Let’s find out in this blog post.
Design and Display
The first thing you’ll notice about the Huawei Band 8 is its sleek and stylish design. The device has a rectangular shape with curved edges and a plastic frame. It comes in three colors: black, pink, and green. You know what else had the same design? The Huawei Band 7 and the Huawei Band 6, and Honor Band 6 before that.
The band is made of plastic with silicon straps like its predecessors which should make it pretty comfortable to wear. The device is also water-resistant up to 50 meters, so you can take it for a swim or a shower.
This is the same recycled design we’ve seen on older Huawei Bands, as old as the 7 has a similar design, but with a smaller screen and a plastic frame. It also comes in three colors: black, blue, and red. The band is also made of silicone and is water resistant up to 50 meters.
The Huawei Band 8 has a 1.47-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 194 x 368 pixels. The screen is bright and colorful, and you can customize it with various watch faces. You can also swipe and tap on the screen to access different functions and notifications.
The Band 7 has the same display specs, down to the support for AoD. The screen is also bright and colorful, but a little dimmer than the Huawei Band 8 at 450 nits compared to 500 nits on the newer model. You can also customize it with different watch faces, although these should be available on both models.
Another advantage of the Huawei Band 8 is its battery life. The device has a 180 mAh battery that can last up to 14 days on a single charge, depending on your usage. You can charge it using a magnetic charger that snaps onto the back of the device.
The Huawei Band 7 has a similarly sized 180 mAh battery that can last up to 14 days on a single charge, depending on your usage. You can charge it using a similar proprietary magnetic charger that plugs into the back of the device. That Huawei was able to retain the same endurance with the updated specs is impressive.
Both devices have a power-saving mode that can extend the battery life by turning off some features like the Always-on Display and reducing the brightness of the screen.
Features and Functions
Both devices have similar features and functions when it comes to fitness tracking and health monitoring. They can track your steps, calories burned, distance traveled, heart rate, sleep quality, and stress level. They also support various sports modes, such as running, cycling, swimming, walking, and more. You can sync your data with the Huawei Health app on your smartphone and view your progress and insights.
The Huawei Band 8 is said to be able to track over 100 sports while the Huawei Band 7 only has 96 activities supported.
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The main difference between the two devices is that the Huawei Band 8 has an updated blood oxygen monitor that can measure your SpO2 level. This is useful for detecting any signs of hypoxia or low oxygen saturation in your blood.
This feature is especially relevant in times of COVID-19 pandemic, as low oxygen levels can indicate severe respiratory problems.
Both devices also have smart features that allow you to receive notifications from your smartphone, such as calls, messages, emails, social media alerts, and more. You can also control your music playback and camera shutter from your wrist.
So, should you upgrade from the Huawei Band 7 to the Huawei Band 8? The answer depends on your preferences and budget. If you are looking for a newer device with a few software improvements, an upgraded blood oxygen monitor, then the Huawei Band 8 might be worth it for you.
However, if you are happy with your Huawei Band 7 then there is really not much that the Huawei Band 8 offers over your current tracker. Huawei Band 6 and Honor Band 6 owners might however want to upgrade their aging units to this model as it has a better battery that hasn’t degraded owing to years of use, and also has AoD.
Either way, both devices are great fitness trackers that can help you stay healthy and connected. Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!