Xiaomi has been dominating sales in the fitness tracker scene thanks to the Mi Band line of products for the past couple of years. But this segment is pretty vibrant and players like Fitbit, Huawei, Realme, Oppo, and Honor are hard at work trying to destabilize the status quo.
2021 saw the launch of the Honor Band 6 and Huawei Band 6 devices. These were essentially the same device with some features set exclusive to the pricier Huawei Band 6. Those devices offered Xiaomi’s products some real competition and the scene is set for 2022 showdown.
The Huawei Band 7 has been announced and this device might not be the drastic re-imagination of the fitness tracker that people hoped for. Instead, it retains the look and feel of its predecessor while refining a few aspects and adding one important component to the equation. Here’s what we know about the Huawei Band 7.
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Huawei Band 7 Specifications
|Huawei Band 7: Specifications|
|Dimensions||· 44.35 mm × 26 mm × 9.99 mm|
|Weight||· about 16 g (without band)|
|Screen||· 1.47- inch square AMOLED display supporting full-screen touch operation|
|Case Material||· Reinforced polymer fiber (black/gold/green/red)|
|Band||· Obsidian Black Silicone Strap|
|· Nebula Powder Silicone Strap|
|· Flame Red Silicone Strap|
|· Wild Green Silicone Strap|
|· Gyroscope sensor|
|· Optical heart sensor|
|Input||· Power/function button|
|Charging||· Magnetic charging port|
|Protection Level||· 5 ATM with water resistance up to 50 meters|
|Data Connection||· 2.4 GHz|
|· BT 5.0|
|Battery Life||· Up to 14 days|
Huawei still advertises two weeks of battery life which is appearing to be an industry standard. However, real-life usage should yield a lot less than that. A conservative estimate should be a week of regular usage.
This form factor also makes sense as it still plays in favor of the category characteristics. This means that it still maintains a small profile on your wrist while still being much more useful than say the Mi Band 6 because of the wider display.
While the display might still be a little small, it doesn’t exactly need to be bigger as users who need something like that most likely want to step up to the Huawei watches which while more expensive, offer more features.
The Huawei Band 7 is a fitness tracker through and through, just like its predecessors. As such, it is said to support up to 96 different sports. The fitness tracker achieves this by making use of the device’s accelerometer and gyroscope sensor.
Already, the Huawei Band 6 was good at tracking a bunch of different workouts and with this increased number of workouts, the fitness tracker now seems a lot more appealing to even the most niche activities.
Pricing and Availability
The Huawei Band 7 has been announced in China with the Standard model going for ¥269 (~$40 USD). The NFC model goes for ¥309 (~$46 USD) and unfortunately, there hasn’t been official word on pricing outside China but these should offer a good idea of what we’d expect.
There has also been word that there might be a GPS-enabled variant of the Huawei Band 7 and that would be a complete game-changer in this product category. We shall be on hand with this info as and when it becomes available so stay tuned.