Thursday, June 3, 2021

Bucket Tech: Huawei Band 6

With the unforeseen lockdown that had most of us acting like hermits for most of 2020, tech brands had to think of innovative ways to launch their new products, and soon saw the rise of virtual launches where us the media and the public as well could relax in the comfort on their own home and see what the latest gadgets and gizmos their favourite brands would be unleashing into the market, but as the world slowly gets to grips with the virus and the numbers are starting to dwindle, events are slowly making a re-appearance, Huawei being the first tech giant to host an actual event which saw media descend from all parts of the country to the Supersport training fields in Eskom's Megawatt Park on the 3rd of June. In an event that adhered to all Covid protocols, media and celebs got to see the launch of the new Huawei Band 6, Huawei's latest entry level device. 

While being an entry level device, this latest wearable from the Chinese mobile giant is packed with features and tech which just cements their status as the largest wearable retailer on the continent. With the increase in demand for wearables thanks to Lockdown, Huawei saw this as an opportunity to create a smart watch that would not only be affordable but also offer the consumer the very best in technology and features. Justin Sun, General Manger at Huawei Consumer Business Group says, “Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in people becoming invested in their personal health and well-being, which has led to a concurrent increase in the demand for smart wearables with health monitoring and fitness tracking capabilities. However, the premium price of these devices is often a pain point for South Africans working on a budget. Huawei addresses this with its HUAWEI Band 6, which brings all the features seen on its smartwatch into the form factor and price of a smart band, making it more accessible it to be a lot more than just a smart band. Huawei’s commitment to innovation, quality and customer service has led to the brand becoming No. 1 in the wearables market in South Africa.”

Some of the features on Huawei's Band 6 are, all-day SpO2 monitoring which is one of the more sort out features on smart watches these days as it provides the wearer with continuous real-time and accurate heart rate, sleep and stress monitoring. It also alerts the user if the resting heart rate is too high or too low. The Band 6 comes with a 1.47" FullView AMOLED Display, making it the first smart band to have a FullView display with a 64 percent screen-to-body ratio, so it can display all the info while still looking stylish. The Band 6 boasts a Two-Week battery life that is thanks to a high-efficiency chipset and smart power-saving algorithm. The Band 6 also supports fast charging via a magnetic charger with five-minutes of charging giving the user two days of battery! Built-in to the Band 6 memory is 96 different workout modes which include 11 professional workout modes such as indoor and outdoor running, cycling and rope skipping. The Band 6 is not only a fitness band but has smartwatch capabilities too, with it being able to able to screen phone calls, messages, control music playback as well as control the camera shutter on your mobile phone. 

All of this packaged into a small neat device, which weighs only 18g, it truly makes the Huawei Band 6 a remarkable piece of kit. Pre-orders for the device open on the 11th of June 2021 on their online store with it being priced at just R1,699!

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