Huawei Watch Fit hands on: The skinny Apple Watch

How do you feel if you throw a Huawei Band 4 Pro and a Huawei Watch GT 2 into the Apple Watch Blender. Sure it’s more fashion-forward wearable than a traditional fitness tracker or standard smartwatch, but it still packs smart enough to fit in the “Huawei Watch” line rather than the “Huawei Band” family. let’s take a closer look.

Huawei Watch Fit Design

Huawei watch fit profile on wrist with button

The Huawei Watch Fit will immediately appeal to those who like Huawei’s offer of smartwatches, but not too many of them. I personally am a fan of a chunky watch, but the poor appeal of the Huawei Watch Fit is not on me. In addition to seeing the i-catching Canoloop Orange, the Watch Fit also comes in Sakura Pink, Graphite Black and Mint Green.

The poor appeal of the Huawei Watch Fit does not work on me.

I am obsessed with the style of the less. It may lack creativity, but will actually appeal to a larger market than a unique approach. There is a simple silicone strap, a button on the right hand side, and a proprietary magnetic pogo pin integrated into the USB charging cable, so be careful not to lose or break it if you buy a Huawei Watch Fit.

Huawei Watch Fit Pogo Pin Charger

The occasionally slightly curved 1.64-inch OLED screen does a good job of fitting in all the same information that a spherical smartwatch does, but it feels a bit tight. This is particularly noticeable on screens that display heart rate or stress levels.

The Watch Fit display offers a 456 × 280-pixel resolution (326ppi). You’ve got about a dozen pre-loaded watch faces to choose from, some of which are customizable, and you can download more via the Huawei Health app. There are always six watch faces available out of the box, but using them will broaden the battery life in my experience broadly.

Light OS, Kirin A1, 10 day battery

Huawei Watch Fit Language Setup Screen

Huawei Watch Fit Lite runs OS, the same wearable operating system you will find on other devices in the Huawei Watch family. The Light OS UI has been slightly rejected to fit the rectangular screen and look good. I prefer it to be found on a lot more tight Huawei band devices than the UI.

Powered by the Kirin A1 chipset, the Huawei Watch Fit seems, in my short time so far, to be more fluid and responsive than the Watch GT 2, which still feels life-threatening at times.

Huawei has promised a battery life of ten days from the A1 and Lite OS, paired with a 180mAh battery in the Watch Fit. In my experience with many other Huawei watches, I have no reason to doubt that this claim is likely to be true.

How is the software on the Huawei Watch Fit?

Huawei Watch Fit Activity Faceboard

The experience of the software will be very similar to anyone who uses the Huawei Watch before. Swiping through the horizontal screen reveals heart rate, stress levels, weather, music playback (side load via the Huawei Health app) and an activity dashboard.

The activity dashboard incorporates steps, minutes of tracked activity, and daily active hours in a simple progress-meter style. Some other watch faces can cram a bunch of this information on the main screen if that’s your thing. More detailed activity information can be found at Huawei Health.

The same OS and software you use with Huawei Watches – are a bit more cramped due to narrower performance.

Pressing the single button on the side wakes up the screen and returns to the home screen when you are in the menu or app. Pressing it while on the home screen brings an app picker with sleep information, SpO2 monitoring, breathing exercises, timers, alarms, and so on, ready access. It acts as your “back” button when swiping from the left side of the screen.

Huawei Watch Fit Quick Settings

Swiping from the bottom edge brings up your list of notifications, which you can customize in the Huawei Health app. You can view two notifications at once; One tap opens the notification full-screen, displaying six lines of text that you can scroll through to continue reading. These are read-only, however, there is no answer functionality here.

Swiping from top to bottom of the home screen brings up “Quick Settings” shortcuts. These include a settings menu shortcut, do not disturb the toggle, toggle “show time”, find my phone, and an alarm shortcut. You’ll find the Bluetooth indicator and date as well as your battery indicator here, if it’s not already displayed on your watch face.

The Settings menu, accessed from the top of the home screen at the bottom or by swiping through the app picker, is a pretty lean case. You can change display settings such as screen timeouts or choose a new watch face, adjust haptics, not disturb profiles, and disable auto-detect workouts. The default haptics here are quite strong when vibrating for the first time.

Activity & Fitness Tracking

Huawei Watch Fit Heart Rate Sensor and Pogo Pins

The Huawei Watch Fit tracks 96 different activities, including auto-tracking of walking, running, elliptical and rowing. The Watch Fit reminds you to get up and stretch regularly when you have been inactive for too long – a feature I’ve finally overcome the urge to ignore.

Other (manually activated) fitness tracking modes include indoor and outdoor running and cycling, hiking, running courses, indoor and open water swimming, and many more (just add the “+” button below the list to add other activities Tap from yoga, HIIT, boxing, strength training, ballet and martial arts to your quick access list).

Huawei Watch Fit Strap

The Huawei Watch Fit has GPS for more accurate fitness tracking, meaning you don’t have to take your phone on a run. It is also super light, just 34 grams (21 grams without a strap). If you need a little extra coaching, there are a dozen animated fitness courses to guide you through some simple exercises.

I’ve noticed that keeping track of Huawei’s fitness would be great in the series.

The Watch Fit is water resistant to the 5ATM, which means that you can take it safely to the pool. I have had the ability of some smartwatches in the past to track Laps Swam correctly, so I would be interested to see if Watch Fit fares any better. In general, though, I’ve noticed that Huawei’s fitness tracking during the series is quite good.

Ecosystem questions

Huawei Watch Fit Display Updating

One thing that will be a deal-breaker for some people is the lack of third-party app support. If you are firmly located in the Strava ecosystem, for example, the Watch Fit is not for you. On other Huawei watches I’ve used, you can share data with Google Fit, however, I couldn’t see that option in the Watch Fit’s settings.

Watch and add 4GB of storage via BT5.0 / Bluetooth LE on your Android phone or iPhone. Some basic features are not available, if paired with an iPhone and other advanced ones such as remote shutter only work for a Huawei device.

For me personally, I am already very well entrenched with Huawei Health and enjoy the simplicity of it combined with the excellent battery life you can get from Battery OS, so I love what I do I see Lite OS is not a cup of tea for everyone, but be aware of its limitations before deciding to buy a Huawei Watch Fit.

For the price of this neat little package, especially if on-watch tracking is your main concern, I say this smartwatch feels like a steal. We can dive into fitness tracking accuracy, battery life, and other unexpected bits in our full Huawei Watch Fit review, so be prepared for that.

For now, the Huawei Watch Fit has been announced to be available in the UAE for 399AED (~ 80GBP / 90EUR / 7,900) along with other markets.

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