Huawei Watch Fit review: The skinny Apple Watch

The Huawei Watch Match appears to be like like what you’d get for those who threw a Huawei Band Four Professional and a Huawei Watch GT 2 into an Apple Watch blender. It’s arguably a extra fashion-forward wearable than a conventional health tracker or commonplace smartwatch, however it nonetheless packs sufficient smarts to slot in the “Huawei Watch” line quite than the “Huawei Band” household.

I’ve been sporting the Huawei Watch Match alongside the brand new “common” smartwatch from Huawei, the Watch GT 2 Professional. The twin-wearable expertise supplied some fascinating insights we’ll dive into extra in our full Huawei Watch Match overview beneath. A spoiler: until you actually need wi-fi charging or titanium, sapphire glass, and ceramic in your wrist, the Huawei Watch Match will serve most of your health monitoring wants simply effective for 200 bucks much less.

Huawei Watch Match overview notes: I wore the Huawei Watch Match for per week, paired with a Huawei P40 Professional. All through the Huawei Watch Match overview interval, it was working software program model 1.0.0.52 with Huawei Well being model 10.1.2.515. The Huawei Watch Match overview unit was supplied to Android Authority by Huawei.

Huawei Watch Match design

Huawei Watch Fit profile on wrist with button

Sure, the Huawei Watch Match appears to be like like a stretched-out, skinny Apple Watch. Sadly, that is an all-too-common design selection at cheaper ends of the wearable spectrum the place recognizability trumps uniqueness. I’d have hoped Huawei can be past Apple-emulation by this level within the firm’s storied historical past however it’s what it’s, so let’s simply be aware it and transfer on.

The diminutive enchantment of the Huawei Watch Match will not be misplaced on me.

The Huawei Watch Match will immediately enchantment to those that typically like Huawei’s wearable choices however aren’t into the bulkiness of them. I’m a fan of a chunky watch personally, however the diminutive enchantment of the Huawei Watch Match will not be misplaced on me. One factor I instantly seen is that the Watch Match doesn’t get caught on t-shirts like my different smartwatches as a result of there aren’t any massive buttons on the aspect.

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Huawei Watch Fit pogo pin charger

You’ll discover a single flat button on the right-hand aspect, and a proprietary magnetic pogo pin built-in into the USB charging cable, so watch out you don’t lose or break it for those who resolve to purchase a Huawei Watch Match. It connects to 1 aspect of the plastic again of the Watch Match, proper subsequent to the heart-rate sensor. In case you’re questioning, sure, you’ll be able to cost your Watch Match whereas sporting it and nonetheless monitor your coronary heart fee, get an SpO2 measurement, or monitor your stress.

All through this overview you’ll be seeing what I contemplate the perfect shade of the bunch, the eye-catching Cantaloupe Orange paired with a rose gold chassis. The Watch Match additionally is available in variations with a Sakura Pink strap (rose gold physique), Graphite Black band (black physique), and Mint Inexperienced watch strap (silver physique). The Huawei Watch Match chassis is fabricated from a polymer materials with a matte look.

Huawei Watch Fit watch strap removed

The easy silicone strap may be popped off by poking a fingernail into just a little groove within the again to take away a plug that locks the strap in place. Until you wish to purchase one other official strap you’d finest not lose the little locking plug as a result of you’ll be able to’t simply throw one other commonplace strap on the Watch Match. It’s nonetheless early days, however this plastic locking mechanism doesn’t fill me with confidence.

The Watch Match is tremendous mild, at simply 34 grams (21 grams with out the strap).

Show

The ever-so-slightly curved 1.64-inch OLED display screen does job of becoming in all the identical data a round smartwatch does, however it does really feel just a little bit cramped at instances. That is notably noticeable on the screens that show coronary heart fee or stress ranges. You get used to it after some time and the one actual distinction is that the font can generally be a lot smaller than on bigger watches and also you don’t have as a lot horizontal house for displaying graphs.

The Watch Match show provides a 456 x 280-pixel decision (326ppi). You’ve obtained round a dozen pre-loaded watch faces to select from, a few of that are customizable, and you may obtain extra by way of the Huawei Well being app. There are six always-on watch faces out there out of the field however utilizing these will roughly halve the battery life. For the needs of testing battery life for this overview, I didn’t allow the always-on show.

Whereas the curvature of the show made swipe gestures much less “catchy” than on different wearables I’ve used with sharper edges, the refraction of sunshine across the perimeter of the display screen was a little bit of a ache. I didn’t discover glare being an excessive amount of of a difficulty typically although and the display screen had good poppy colours and deep blacks. Outside brightness was completely acceptable if not notably notable.

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Lite OS and 10-day battery life

Huawei Watch Fit home screen watch face

The Huawei Watch Match runs Lite OS, the identical wearable working system you’ll discover on different units within the Huawei Watch household. The Lite OS UI has been barely rejigged to suit the oblong display screen and appears good. I choose it in comparison with the UI discovered on the way more cramped Huawei Band units however as talked about above, it’s a bit extra finicky than Lite OS on bigger Huawei watches.

Opposite to what I first thought, the Watch Match is powered by the DK3.5+ST chipset, not the Kirin A1. I’m unfamiliar with this processor and have reached out to Huawei for added data. Whereas I assume it’s a less expensive chipset than the A1 contemplating the Watch Match’s price ticket, I really discovered it to be extra fluid and responsive than the Huawei Watch GT 2 Professional (which makes use of the Kirin A1). If jankiness has put you off different Huawei smartwatches, it doesn’t appear to be a difficulty right here.

The Huawei Watch Match will certainly get you 10 days of battery life.

Huawei guarantees 10 days of battery life from the 180mAh battery within the Watch Match. I charged it totally after I first obtained it per week in the past, which surprisingly took just a little over an hour, and am on 15% whereas penning this overview. That ought to pan out to a full 10 days or so of battery. By comparability, the GT 2 Professional I used to be additionally sporting for a similar length was at 10%, on monitor for round 9 or 10 days quite than the promised 14 days.

What’s the software program like on the Huawei Watch Match?

Huawei Watch Fit activity fashboard

The Lite OS software program expertise on the Watch Match will likely be similar to anybody that’s used a Huawei Watch earlier than. Swiping via the horizontal screens reveals coronary heart fee, stress ranges, climate, music playback, and an exercise dashboard.

In contrast to the Watch GT 2 Professional, you’ll be able to solely management music taking part in in your telephone, not switch it onto the Watch Match. Contemplating each units have 4GB of storage, I’m assuming this feature isn’t out there on the Watch Match for battery life causes. Or maybe the brand new chipset powering the Watch Match isn’t in a position to deal with Bluetooth headphone connections. Or possibly simply because there’s no speaker on the Watch Match.

The identical wearable software program you are used to from Huawei Watches, reformatted to the narrower show.

The exercise dashboard you’ll be able to see within the picture above covers steps walked, minutes of tracked exercise, and each day lively hours in a easy progress-meter fashion. Another watch faces can cram a bunch of this data onto the primary display screen if that’s extra your factor. Extra detailed exercise data may be accessed in Huawei Well being which we’ll cowl additional beneath.

Urgent the one button on the aspect wakes the display screen and takes you again to the house display screen while you’re in a menu or app. Urgent it whereas on the house display screen brings up the app picker with prepared entry to sleep data, SpO2 monitoring, respiratory workout routines, timers, alarms, and so forth. Swiping from the left-hand aspect of the display screen serves as your “again” button.

Huawei Watch Fit quick settings

In the event you’re paired to a Huawei telephone, you need to use the Watch Match as a distant shutter for the digicam. I used to be impressed by how responsive this was. I anticipated a protracted delay between urgent the button on the Watch Match and the telephone taking the picture, however it was nearly instantaneous.

Swiping up from the underside edge brings up your listing of notifications, which you’ll customise within the Huawei Well being app. You possibly can see two notifications at a time; tapping one opens the notification full-screen, displaying six traces of textual content which you’ll scroll via to proceed studying. These are read-only, nevertheless, there isn’t any reply performance right here.

Swiping down from the highest of the house display screen brings up “fast settings” shortcuts. These embrace a settings menu shortcut, don’t disturb toggle, “present time” toggle, discover my telephone, and an alarm shortcut. You’ll additionally discover your battery indicator right here, together with a Bluetooth indicator and the date if it’s not already displayed in your watch face.

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Huawei Watch Fit settings menu remote shutter

The Settings menu, accessed by swiping down from the highest of the house display screen or by way of the app picker, is a fairly lean affair. You possibly can change show settings like display screen timeout or select a brand new watch face, alter the haptics, set don’t disturb profiles, and disable auto-detect exercises. The default haptics are set to “sturdy,” which I like. The “smooth” possibility just about simply makes it a shorter buzz, or you’ll be able to simply flip them off fully.

I’m already very aware of Lite OS and the display screen structure and navigation, so I fairly appreciated the expertise right here. It’s value stating for anybody unfamiliar with Lite OS that some components of the software program may be expanded for those who go into them by way of the app picker.

For instance, the primary climate display screen simply exhibits the present temperature and each day minimal and most. In the event you go into the climate by way of the app picker although you’ll be able to swipe up for hourly temperature modifications and each day forecasts for the week forward. Likewise, the exercise dashboard on your own home display screen simply exhibits the progress meter, however for those who go into exercise information within the app picker you’ll see the identical dashboard however may swipe as much as reveal additional data.

Exercise and health monitoring

Huawei Watch Fit heart rate sensor and pogo pins

The Huawei Watch Match tracks 96 totally different actions, together with auto-tracking of strolling, working, elliptical, and rowing. The Watch Match will repeatedly remind you to stand up and stretch while you’ve been inactive for too lengthy — a function I’ve lastly overcome the urge to only ignore. This is only one cause it’s value conserving the haptics on.

Different (manually activated) health monitoring modes embrace indoor and outside working and biking, mountain climbing, working programs, indoor and open water swimming, and much more. (Simply faucet the “+Add” button on the backside of the listing so as to add different actions like yoga, HIIT, boxing, power coaching, ballet, and martial arts to your fast entry listing.)

The Huawei Watch Match has improved GPS for extra correct health monitoring, which additionally means you don’t should take your telephone alongside on a run. Sadly, you received’t have the chance to hearken to music saved on the watch with Bluetooth earbuds paired to it like with Huawei’s GT 2 sequence of watches. Huawei says you may get 12 hours of battery life out of the Watch Match if GPS is working the whole time.

In the event you want just a little further teaching, there are a dozen animated health programs to information you thru some easy workout routines. I attempted a few these and I appreciated each the concept and execution. I can’t think about most individuals will use all of them that always however something to assist individuals get extra lively is value it.

There’s additionally a menstrual cycle calendar you’ll be able to add to your Huawei Well being dashboard by tapping Edit on the backside of the primary dashboard display screen.

The SpO2 monitoring is on-demand solely. Whereas Huawei claims the SpO2 measurements are “on par with skilled gear,” their very own documentation states that the Watch Match will not be a medical machine and needs to be used for reference solely. It is a authorized obligation concerning certification however nonetheless, the SpO2 monitoring right here is fairly rudimentary with no 24/7 monitoring or sleep apnea alerts.

I’ve discovered Huawei’s health monitoring to be fairly good throughout the Watch sequence.

The Watch Match is waterproof to 5ATM, which means you’ll be able to safely take it within the pool. I’ve had some dangerous luck prior to now with some smartwatches’ skill to precisely monitor laps swam, so I’ll have an interest to see if the Watch Match fares any higher. Sadly I wasn’t going anyplace close to a public swimming pool in the course of the Huawei Watch Match overview interval so I’ll have to carry out on judgment there.

Generally, I discover that Huawei’s health monitoring is fairly good. The identical is true right here on the Watch Match. I tracked a few bike rides, some walks (which the Watch Match precisely auto-detected), and a few power coaching. With the Watch GT 2 Professional on my different wrist, the info matched very carefully. The GPS route data and different recorded knowledge have been very correct too.

All instructed, I used to be very impressed with the Watch Match. Contemplating how poorly a “correct” smartwatch just like the Samsung Galaxy Lively 2 generally tracks exercise, I used to be happy to seek out the identical excessive stage of reliability of costlier Huawei watches at such an reasonably priced value level. From SpO2 monitoring to heart-rate, stress, or sleep, the Watch Match did each bit pretty much as good of a job with health monitoring because the Watch GT 2 Professional which prices nearly 3 times as a lot.

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The ecosystem query

Huawei Watch Fit display updating

One factor that will likely be a deal-breaker for some is the shortage of third-party app assist. In the event you’re firmly embedded within the Strava ecosystem, for instance, the Watch Match will not be for you. On different Huawei Watches I’ve used, you’ll be able to knowledge share with Google Match, nevertheless, I couldn’t get that to work with the Watch Match. A Huawei rep instructed me it “doesn’t assist knowledge sharing abroad,” presumably which means outdoors China.

The Watch Match pairs to your Android telephone or iPhone by way of BT5.0/Bluetooth LE and has 4GB of storage. As talked about above, you don’t have the choice to load up your individual music, nor are you able to pair earbuds to it. There’s, after all, no NFC on the Watch Match both, nor a speaker for taking calls.

Some primary options are usually not out there if paired to an iPhone (just like the stress check, music controls, or the menstrual cycle calendar), and different extra superior ones like distant shutter solely work when paired to a Huawei machine.

The Watch Match naturally doesn’t supply fairly as a lot performance as a costlier Huawei smartwatch however it nonetheless covers an terrible lot of the fundamentals, assuming you’ve got a Huawei telephone within the first occasion or an Android telephone within the second.

Huawei Watch Match specs

  Huawei Watch Match
Show 1.64-inch AMOLED touchscreen
Decision 456×280, 326 ppi
Storage/CPU 4GB ROM, DK3.5+ST
Battery capability 180mAh (10 days est.)
Pogo pin charger
Sensors and elements Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Coronary heart fee sensor (PPG)
Ambient mild sensor
Capacitive sensor
GPS+GLONASS
Bluetooth 5.0/BLE
Microphone
Water resistance 5 ATM
Compatibility Android 4.4+ and iOS 9.0+
Dimensions and weight 46mm x 30mm x 10.7mm
34g (21g with out strap)
Materials Physique: Polymer
Strap: Silicone

Worth and competitors

Huawei Watch Fit strap

The Huawei Watch Match value is at present listed at €129/£119 on Huawei’s web site in Europe (the German website and Spanish website are providing a free physique fats scale for those who purchase earlier than October 2, 2020. Huawei France additionally has the Huawei Watch Match for €129 however you’ll be able to select between two mini audio system, a pair of Bluetooth Headphones Lite, or the physique fats scale as your bundled freebie. It doesn’t seem like our buddies within the UK are getting any items to sweeten the deal). The Huawei Watch Match is out there in all 4 colours within the UK and mainland Europe. You may as well decide it up on Amazon.

At this value, the Huawei Watch Match is fairly akin to plenty of different health trackers and smartwatches, from the Fitbit Cost Four and Samsung Galaxy Match 2 to the at present discounted Huawei Watch GT 2e. I’d discover it exhausting to advocate to an iPhone consumer as a result of extra restricted performance on even some primary stuff, however for any Android customers I believe it’s a steal. My greatest caveat can be be sure to know what Lite OS is and provides first earlier than you dive in anticipating a full-blown smartwatch expertise.

Huawei Watch Match

A streamlined smartwatch providing from Huawei, that includes the corporate’s first-ever rectangular face.

With reformatted software program and a extra reasonably priced price ticket, the Watch Match brings Huawei’s intensive health monitoring to a broader viewers.

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