New fitness tracker looks a whole lot like the Honor Band 5i

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  Hot on the heels of the Honor Band 5i, parent company Huawei has unveiled its next generation fitness tracker in the form of the Huawei Band 4.

  We initially thought we'd get a look at the Huawei Band 4 at Huawei's big event back in September, but the Chinese tech giant has waited until now to fully detail the new fitness tracker.

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  The Band 4 looks near identical to Honor Band 5i while the two trackers share very similar specs sheets too. It's available in three color options - graphite black, sakura pink and amber sunrise.

  One of the big changes from the Huawei Band 3 Pro, in line with the Honor Band 5i, is the arrival of USB charging. So instead of gathering power through a cable or cradle, the tracker has a USB-A connector built into the band's design that you can plug straight into USB-A sockets.

  Elsewhere, the Band 4 has a 0.96-inch screen with a resolution of 160 x 80 pixels - that's identical to the display on the Honor Band 5i, too. There's a noticeable difference underneath that display, though.

  Where the Honor Band 5i has a circular button, the Huawei Band 4 has a pill-shaped one, which is arguably a little sleeker and more subtle.

  The Band 4 also has the same size of battery, offering 7-9 days depending on how you use it. It packs a heart rate sensor, counts steps, monitors sleep and offers a modest range of sports tracking modes including ones for running and cycling.

  That heart tracking was pretty spotty on the Band 3 Pro, so we're hoping Huawei has improved things on that front this time around.

  If you want to take it swimming that's fine too. It's been slapped with a 5ATM waterproofing rating to make sure it's safe to be submerged up to 50 metres depth. One feature it does seem to lack is NFC to unlock contactless payments though.

  The Huawei Band 4 is already on sale in Indonesia and Thailand, and it will go on sale in China on 1 November, for around $30, which makes it a bit more expensive than the similarly specced Honor Band 5i.

  The question now is when (or if) it will land further afield. We'll obviously keep you posted should we get more details on whether Huawei decides to launch its latest fitness tracker to other territories.


Tomasz David
Tomasz David

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