Huawei has announced the successor to its budget-friendly fitness smartwatch, and it looks a lot like Fitbit’s own design.
The new Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro at first glance look like the Fitbit Alta HR we recently reviewed. They may look like knockoffs, but the Chinese company’s wearables pack a lot of features in a small package.
Both variants look identical to each other. The main unit sports a stainless steel body that’s attached to colored straps. Three colors are available in the product’s listing page: black, blue, and red (but it looks more like orange or peach).
They measure heartbeat, pace, distance, and speed of your everyday activities. The two are able to withstand up to 5ATM of water pressure, allowing you take it for a swim in the pool.
The Pro has more features to offer including VO2 Max insights. Huawei is relying on heartbeat analytics firm Firstbeat to detect VO2 Max fitness levels with about 95 percent accuracy. More exclusive features like Huawei’s TruSleep, Running Coach, and onboard GPS are only found on the Pro version.
Of course, the wearables can show notifications for alarms, messages, and caller ID on their PMOLED display when they’re connected to a smartphone.
Prices and release dates aren’t available yet for the two, but they won’t be as affordable as their predecessor, the Huawei Band, due to the additional features.