The first thing you’ll notice when you see the Huawei Watch Fit is that it actually looks quite a bit like someone stretched out the Apple Watch and removed the digital crown. Aesthetics-wise, it’s not particularly bad, especially if you like a rectangular face watch. The issue is that because it’s a 46mm watch, it can be a bit chunky if your wrist is on the smaller side.
But it also has the upside of having more space for text and information, so it really depends on what you value in a fitness tracker. At just S$148, it’s also considerably more affordable than other trackers like the Fitbit Charge 4.
And of course, let’s not compare it to the Apple Watch, which costs a lot more, but also offers more functionality. At its price point, the Huawei Watch Fit offers features like sleep tracking, continuous heart rate tracking, SpO2 tracking, stress and more, which is definitely more than expected.
As mentioned above, the watch face is pretty large at 1.64-inches, which means that features like Huawei’s animated private trainer, that shows how to do workouts on the watch itself, can be clearly seen on the AMOLED screen. An issue here would be that the screen doesn’t get all that bright under direct light, so if you’re constantly out and about in the sun, you might have issues reading the information on the screen.
If you’re not under direct sunlight though, it’s definitely bright enough. When it comes to tracking health metrics, we did find that steps tracked were a little on the high side though, similar to how the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro actually overestimated the number of steps taken. But it was nice to be able to see an estimate for the number of calories burnt, heart rate stats over the exercise period as well as how long the recovery time took.
We took the watch out for a HIIT boxing session, and the heart rate tracking does seem quite consistent. Considering the fact that the session did take a lot physically, the 26 hour recovery time seemed a bit extreme at first, but it’s definitely a good marker for people to keep track of how long their body needs to recover from strenous exercise.
Battery life is excellent, with the watch going down around 10% a day, meaning that the Watch Fit actually lived up to Huawei’s claims of 10 days on a single charge. The watch charges up quite fast too, at just around an hour to get from 0 to 100%.
Similar to how the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro handles notifications, the Watch Fit will show notifications, but you won’t be able to reply or take any action from the watch itself. A big plus is that the Watch Fit actually works with iPhones, so it’s definitely worth considering as a more affordable option for Apple fans.
The Watch Fit comes in three funky colours, but our review unit was the black one, which is possibly the most uninspiring of the lot. The Sakura Pink and Mint Green are definitely more striking.
If you’re considering the Huawei Watch Fit to mainly keep track of your fitness and exercise sessions, I think it’s a great choice since it offers more than what you’d get out of similarly-priced trackers. If you want a smartwatch that will allow you to store music on it, make payments, reply to messages and more, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
More information about the Huawei Watch Fit (S$148) is available at Huawei’s website.