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November 4, 2016updated 07 Nov 2016 2:37pm

Huawei takes aim at Fitbit with new fitness tracker

Billed as the 'perfect fitness companion' by Huawei Device USA president Zhengdong Zhu.

By CBR Staff Writer

Huawei has launched a new wearable device called Huawei Fit that offers important fitness information, including heart rate.

The fitness tracker features multi-sport tracking, automatic step count, heart rate and sleep monitoring, as well as smartphone alerts.

Huawei Fit is available at Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg for a price of $ $129.99.

Huawei Device USA president Zhengdong Zhu said: “Huawei Fit is the next evolution of Huawei wearables, combining learnings from products including the Huawei Watch.

“We designed Huawei Fit to be the perfect fitness companion, with accurate tracking technology for fitness, heart and sleep. With a long-lasting battery, Huawei Fit is ready for anything and suitable for every body.”

With its rugged, always-on LCD touch screen, the device important information at a glance, such as time, steps, and heart rate.

An ambient light sensor will allow users to check the screen even in strong light.

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The device, which comes with aluminum casing, is available in two colours – Moonlight Silver and Titanium Grey.

Huawei said: “It bridges the gap between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker, with a huawei-fitstylish design and standard band sizes so you can easily swap for a customized look.”

The tracker automatically senses when the wearer is walking, running and sleeping, and monitors these activities.

It can record the number of steps, distance, calories burned and duration of sleep of the users.

The Huawei Wear app enables users to set goals and the Huawei Fit will track progress throughout the day.

For accurate heart rate measurements, the device incorporates unique skin color detection algorithms to account for different skin tones.

During exercise and training modes, the watch will display five heart rate zones in real time.

These zones are divided according to the activity: warm up, fat burning, aerobic endurance, anaerobic endurance and maximum effort.

The watch will vibrate to alert the user whenever the heart rate approaches the maximum effort zone.

Huawei said: “Paired with the Huawei Wear app, users can review a daily heart rate curve, including minimum and maximum rates and resting heart rate. It can also provide a health assessment based on heart rate statistics over time.”

It supports multiple forms of exercise, including walking, running, cycling, treadmill workouts and swimming, with different modes monitoring different data.

Featuring technology from FirstBeat, Huawei Fit can design running plans, give real time guidance during a session, and export reports upon session completion.

The Huawei Fit has an 80mAh battery that lasts for six days with normal use and up to 30 days in standby mode.

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