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Huawei Band 6 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Alongside the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, the Huawei Band 6 with FullView AMOLED touch display and SpO2 monitoring has arrived in the Philippines.
Huawei Band 6 Unboxing and First Impressions
Huawei Band 6

The new Band 6 improves upon the previous generation with several upgrades. Highlight features include the new FullView 1.47-inch AMOLED touch display with 194 x 368 resolution, 5 ATM water resistance, workout, and health monitoring, and UV-treated silicone strap.

It pairs with any Android device thru Bluetooth and the Huawei Health app.

Huawei's new health wearable will be available for pre-order in the Philippines this April 19 to 29, 2021 for only PHP 2,599 alongside the Huawei FreeBuds 4i

Let's dive in.

Unboxing/Accessories

Packaging
Packaging

The Huawei Band 6i we got is in the dark grey colorway. The new wearable comes in white packaging with Huawei branding and the render of the new Band 6.
Inside the box
Inside the box

Inside the box are the Band 6, USB Type-C to charging thimble, and documentation. Each part is wrapped and organized neatly and in a premium manner. This gives it a great unboxing experience compared to similarly priced smart wearables.

Build/Design

Huawei Band 6 with Shiba Inu
Huawei Band 6 with Shiba Inu

The body of the Band 6 is made of a lightweight but solid high-quality polycarbonate shell with a metal-like color and texture. In front is the 1.47-inch FullView AMOLED touch display with a 64 percent screen-to-body ratio. This is a massive 148 percent larger screen than the previous model.

The body is small with a size of only 43 x 25.4 x 10.99 mm and weighs only 18 grams. It comes in Dark Grey and Gold.
front and rear
front and rear

While at the back is the CPU contacts for charging, monitoring sensors and printed branding and regulatory information.
Left and right side
Left and right side

On the left is a smooth surface while on the right side is the single tactile button that works to turn on the screen, lock the screen and open the main apps.
Wrist strap
Wrist strap 

Connected to the watch are two UV-treated Silicone straps that wrap around the wrist. It has a lot of holes for small incremental adjustments. This along with the polycarbonate buckle secures the Band 6 to almost any size of wrist.
The app
The app

At the time of this article's writing, the Huawei Health app already supports pairing with the Huawei Band 6 thru Bluetooth 5.0. The set-up was quick, easy and painless. Once paired, all of the health-related metrics the Band 6 records will sync to the Health app. The app is compatible with Android 6.0 or later and with iOS 9 or later.

These metrics include heart rate, sleep, SpO2 or blood oxygen, and stress. It features Huawei's TruSleep 2.0 and Huawei's TruRelax Stress monitoring technology that includes menstrual cycle tracking for the ladies. 

For exercise and workout, Band 6 includes running, swimming, elliptical, rowing, treadmill and more. 

The health app also allows users to pick between a wide selection of watch faces and controls for the alarms, health monitoring and more. Basically, all the controls on the watch can be controlled thru the Health app as well.
Notification control panel
Notification control panel

Huawei claims that the Band 6 can last for up to 10 days of continuous heavy use but the company has yet to disclose the battery capacity inside. We will have to test this thoroughly in the coming weeks.

Quick thoughts

SpO2 monitoring

Our first impressions of the Band 6 are strong for several reasons that include: First is the premium unboxing experience along with the premium-looking and premium-feeling build and design. The body is solid and lightweight. Our only concern with the hardware is that the straps are proprietary. This means that third-party straps are rare and that if the strap ever breaks after several years, we do not yet know if Huawei will support the product with straps years in the future.

In terms of software, the Huawei Health app is already supporting the Band 6 and all of the features work right out of the box after the initial set-up and pairing. We will have to test in the coming weeks the battery performance along with the accuracy of the health monitoring apps.


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