Honor recently unveiled its latest fitness tracking band, the Honor Band 6. The fitness tracker has an all-new design and a bigger display which vastly improves upon its predecessors.
Bigger display, wider body
Chief among these improvements is the bigger 1.47-inch display. It is a clear step-up from the Honor Band 5’s 0.95-inch display. As such, the resolution also gets a boost, which is at 194 x 368 pixels now.
The bigger display also meant a wider and thicker body. The overall design is actually reminiscent of Huawei Watch Fit and its spin-off, Honor Watch ES. In terms of exact dimensions, the band measures 43 × 25.4 × 11.45mm without the strap. It is still as light as its predecessor though, coming in at only 18 grams.
It also bears a striking resemblance to the Huawei Watch Fit.
Packed to the brim with health and exercise tracking
The bigger display and new body are not the only huge improvements for this year. Honor Band 6 still tracks up to 10 different types of exercises. However, Honor added an automatic exercise detection this time around — a boon for users who always forget to set their desired workouts.
There is also a physical button on the side now for interaction during workouts, something that is sorely missing on previous iterations.
Elsewhere, the fitness band supports continuous heart rate and sleep tracking. An added feature is support for tracking menstruation cycles. Furthermore, stress tracking makes an appearance here, which is a first for any Honor fitness bands.
In terms of smarts, the fitness band supports displaying notifications but still no quick replies. Music playback is also supported via Bluetooth 5.0.
The whole band is also waterproof by up to 50 meters. A 180mAh battery powers the fitness band, promising up to 14 days of battery life in light to moderate usage.
Pricing and availability
Honor Band 6 comes in two variants: a non-NFC variant for CNY 249, and an NFC variant for CNY 289. Interestingly enough, the NFC variant adds support for contactless payments and a voice assistant.
The affordable fitness band will go on sale by November 11 in China. International availability is unclear at the moment, though it won’t be long enough before it comes to other markets.
Signal and Telegram are trending instead
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15. In the blog post, the company says that none of its privacy-focused features are changing.
“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the statement said.
Even though WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will still fetch some crucial information like your transactions, location, and other behavioral data from linked Instagram profile. And, we all know Facebook has a nasty reputation as far as personal data management is concerned. What makes it even more outrageous is that the policy is leave or take, and there’s no third option.
Huawei P50 Pro could come with a 120Hz display, 200x digital zoom
What about Harmony OS?
Huawei may be barred from using Google Mobile Services, but it is far from giving up. The Chinese brand has pivoted to natively developed options and continues to work on its flagship P and Mate series. Going by the usual trend, the Huawei P50 series is expected to launch soon, and we already hear a lot of chatter about it.
According to @RODENT950 on Twitter, Huawei P50 Pro will have a 6.78-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Another user on Weibo claims that the regular version of Huawei P50 will be using a 90Hz refresh rate screen, while the top-end option may come with a 120Hz panel.
Under the P50 Pro and P50 Pro+ hood will be the Kirin 9000 or Kirin 9000E chipset. Designed on a 5nm process, these are Huawei’s best-in-class and offer massive performance improvements. Furthermore, the phone will support 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless charging.
Most importantly, the cameras are expected to get a major upgrade. The “space zoom” technology could go one step further by incorporating 200x digital zoom. Keep in mind, the recently launched Galaxy S21 Ultra has 100x digital zoom. So, Huawei’s offering makes a lot of difference, at least on paper. The P50 Pro+ will continue the race, as the phone will likely offer a massive 200x zoom from a derived 20x optical zoom setup.
While many reports said Huawei could ship the P50 series with Harmony OS, recent inputs suggest the brand shall continue with Android-based EMUI 11. In other aspects, the Huawei P50 series will come with 4 surround speakers and an upgraded vibration motor for haptics.
The phone is expected to launch in the coming months. The P50 series will consist of multiple options, and the details mentioned above are based on leaks, speculations, and unverifiable information. The end product could differ vastly.
Honor V40 will bring back Google Mobile Services
According to a leak
Two weeks ago, Honor was tipped to start working on Qualcomm-powered smartphones. The upcoming smartphone marks the company’s emancipation from former parent company Huawei. Finally, the Chinese company freed itself from the anti-China bans currently plaguing Huawei. As expected, Honor’s freedom isn’t stopping with Qualcomm. According to a leak, the upcoming Honor V40 will bring back Google Mobile Services when it launches.
Based on previous leaks, Honor was slated to unveil the Honor V40 on January 12, which was eventually pushed to January 18. Now, since that date has passed, the next date is on January 22. Apparently, Honor is still polishing some logistics associated with the launch.
However, according to the leak from Lenta RU, Honor delayed the launch to ensure that the smartphone is launching with Google Play Services from the get-go. If the leak is true, Honor is coming back into the Google-sponsored fold.
Though the company is also working on a Qualcomm partnership, the Honor V40 series will reportedly launch with the Dimensity 1000+ chipset from MediaTek. It will come with a 50-megapixel main camera sensor and 66W fast wired charging. As expected, the smartphone will launch exclusively in China first.
Currently, Huawei is still under extensive restrictions, further exacerbated by former president Trump’s eleventh-hour revocation of approved applications. Honor is certainly breathing a sigh of relief from losing its association with Huawei.
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