Hands on: Huawei Watch Match critique

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Huawei’s back with yet another wearable ahead of IFA 2020 and it appears promising. The Huawei Watch Match is the brand’s newest fitness tracker that sits someplace in between price range activity bands and really serious operating watches.

Earlier this year, we saw the Watch GT two and Watch GT 2e from Huawei, each of which came with strong fitness tracking, but had been held back by application limitations.

The Watch Match does not boost something on the application front, but it is a diverse sort of worth proposition from Huawei that brings most of the fitness and overall health tracking suite discovered on the Watch GT 2e in a lightweight style that is accessible, uncomplicated to use and, most importantly, cost-effective.

Huawei is clearly going just after the likes of Fitbit Charge four and Garmin Vivosport with the Watch Match, and has a significant benefit by providing an AMOLED show in a slim style with a ten-day battery life, all at a decrease price tag. How properly it stacks up against the competitors is anything we’ll be positive to test in our complete critique.

Huawei Watch Fit

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Cost and availability

The Huawei Watch Match is priced at AED399 (about $110 / £80 / AU$150) and hits retailers across the UAE on September four. Worldwide release dates have but to be confirmed.

The Watch Match comes in 3 colors (Sakura Pink, Graphite Black and Mint Green) and characteristics an AMOLED show, constructed-in GPS, heart price monitor, music storage and an comprehensive suite of exercise modes.

Design and style and show

The Huawei Watch Match has a slim and neat style that appears like a compressed Apple Watch. There’s a lone flat button tapered on the ideal side of the watch face’s smooth metal frame and two.5D curved glass covers the surface, providing the watch a polished premium appear.

It is slim at just ten.7mm thick, and with a weight of 21g (devoid of straps) you will barely really feel it on your wrist, generating it super comfy for all day put on. The watch’s sensors are housed at bottom of the chassis, which has a smooth matte plastic finish that is uncomplicated to wipe clean and resists sweat accumulation. The Watch Match is also 5ATM water resistant, which means it can survive at depths up to 50m.

Huawei Watch Fit

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You cannot swap the straps on the Watch Match, which is a shame. One more sore point is the protruding sensor bump on the bottom that tends to dig into your skin if you strap the watch on tightly and gets sticky a couple of minutes into a exercise. Other than that, the Watch Match is 1 of the most comfy fitness watches we’ve tested and you will have no troubles wearing it all day and evening.

On the front, there’s a clever 1.64-inch AMOLED screen with a crisp 280 x 456 resolution and smaller bezels. It is a show you’d count on to come across on pricier fitness watches. The tall aspect ratio is a fantastic style selection, maintaining the watch slim when displaying a fantastic quantity of details at after.

The show is responsive as you tap and swipe by way of the Watch Fit’s uncomplicated to use interface. It is also vibrant and readable below direct sunlight, with decent vibrancy that tends to make watch faces pop off the screen.

Huawei Watch Fit

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Attributes and fitness

The Watch Fit’s crucial promoting point is the vast and versatile fitness and overall health tracking suite, which can track something from standard types of workout like walking, operating, cycling and swimming to belly dancing, dart throwing, martial arts and extra.

It can also monitor heart price in genuine time and shows your target heart price zone through workout to maintain you motivated to remain in the perfect variety. There’s constructed-in GPS for mapping outside runs, but no altitude meter to track elevation.

How properly the Watch Fit’s GPS efficiency and tracking stacks up is anything we’ll be positive to test in our complete critique.

Huawei Watch Fit

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Aside from to 90+ exercise modes on the Watch Match, there are 12 fitness courses accompanied by animations to guide you by way of every single step of a exercise. The fitness courses involve stretches, fast fat-burning workouts, focused core workout routines and extra.

It is a neat function that we can see ourselves working with frequently adequate a lot like the fast breathing workout routines and we’re curious to see if Huawei plans to create on this and add extra courses in the future.

Like the Watch GT series, the Watch Match makes it possible for you to monitor your blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), a function we haven’t observed ahead of on a fitness band at this price tag point. SpO2 monitoring is becoming a widespread function on fitness watches and assists hint at your body’s general conditioning to point to underlying problems.

The Watch Match measures SpO2 at several intervals by way of the day and also through workouts. Along with SpO2, the watch is in a position to use GPS information and heart price details to estimate your VO2max, education impact, recovery instances, target heart price zones for warm ups, fat-burning anaerobic endurance and so on. Nearly every thing you want to make your exercise sessions effective and powerful.

Huawei Watch Fit

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There are no cutting-edge characteristics on the Watch Match or detailed analytics, so really serious runners will nevertheless want to opt for extra complete-fledged alternatives from Garmin and other brands. But thinking about the Watch Fit’s price tag, it is nevertheless a quite viable option to extra pricey fitness watches and a fantastic fitness companion for novices or these hunting for anything affordable and methods to use.

There are no smartwatch characteristics on board, which is to be anticipated, but you do have beneficial utilities like pushing notifications and climate details from your smartphone and constructed-in storage for music.

Early verdict

The Huawei Watch Match is a function packed cost-effective fitness watch that will appeal to everyone wanting to kick-get started or preserve an active life style except really serious athletes. It delivers guided workout routines, tracks a wide assortment of activities and has a properly-rounded suite of overall health and wellness monitoring to maintain you on prime of your fitness ambitions.

It is also 1 of the most comfy fitness bands to put on generating it fantastic for all day put on, plus it is waterproof. The tall AMOLED screen is vibrant with an accessible and uncomplicated to use interface and constructed-in GPS and music storage implies you can leave your telephone behind for brief workouts.

We nevertheless want to place the watch by way of its paces to confirm Huawei’s ten-day battery life claims and how properly it holds up more than a longer period of time, but thinking about the price tag and function set, the Watch Match could be a mid-variety champion.

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