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Samsung is launching ECG monitoring for the Galaxy Watch 3

Available starting today

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As the world becomes more health-conscious, smartwatches are packing in more sensors. Besides the traditional palette of fitness sensors, today’s wearables can now detect electrocardiograms (ECG), blood oxygen levels, and even stress levels. Coinciding with this trend, Samsung is launching ECG monitoring for the Galaxy Watch 3.

Announced during the initial launch, the feature will finally make its way to users in the United States. Samsung is rolling out the update through the Samsung Health Monitor app. Besides ECG tracking, the Galaxy Watch 3 can also monitor their user’s blood oxygen levels.

Starting today, Galaxy Watch 3 users can track their heart rhythms for irregularities. The feature can accurately detect any heretofore undetected disorders such as atrial fibrillation. After which, users can send reports to their healthcare providers for additional help.

The feature’s rollout undoubtedly increases the watch’s value for potential customers holding out on a purchase. It took a while because the feature just passed through the US Food and Drug Administration. Other smartwatches — like the Fitbit Sense — have also promised similar features coming after their respective launches.

If you’re wondering about the sudden influx in the feature, health experts are studying the correlation between blood oxygen levels and COVID-19. Having the ability to track blood oxygen might prove useful in preventing infection.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is available now. It starts at US$ 399.99.

SEE ALSO: Samsung has announced the Galaxy Watch 3 Titanium

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Fitbit launches a new style-focused fitness tracker called the Luxe

It looks like jewelry

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Fitbit has launched its thinnest and undoubtedly most fashionable fitness tracker to date called the Luxe. It can be camouflaged to look like jewelry with a wide range of band options.

It has a stainless steel case made using a design process called metal injection moulding to give it a feel of handcrafted jewellery. Fitbit partnered with Laguna Beach-based jewellery brand gorjana to design the Luxe.

Fitbit Luxe has a similar form factor to the Inspire 2, which was launched year. Unlike the Inspire 2, the case of the Luxe is made from smart stainless steel rather than polymer, giving it a more premium look.

On the fitness front, the Luxe offers heart rate tracking, 20 exercise modes like golf, pilates, spinning, tennis, hiking, and biking, and there’s also a stress calculator. However, it skips GPS connectivity so your phone will always have to be around for full functionality.

The tracker is water resistant up to 5ATM, making it ideal to track your swims. The Luxe introduces deeper insights into this with seven-day trends that were previously reserved for Fitbit Premium members, and subscribers will still get longer 30-day trend reports.

These members also have access to over 200 mindfulness sessions from popular brands like Aaptiv, Aura, Breethe, and Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method. Lastly, also offers sleep score that helps you better understand your sleep quality, and bedtime reminders can help you establish a more consistent sleep routine.

Price and availability

The new Fitbit Luxe is priced at US$ 149. It will come in varied silicone band colour options and even a woven style that wraps around your hand twice. Fitbit will bundle six-months of Fitbit Premium for free for new buyers. The gorjana-designed Special Edition costs US$ 200. It’s available for purchase via Fitbit’s website in most markets.

In the Philippines, the Fitbit Luxe will retail for PhP 8,490 while the gorjana-designed Special Edition will cost PhP 12,990. Both variants will be available from June onwards.

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Huawei Band 6 First Impressions

That screen looks more watch than band

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Huawei Band 6

Huawei has been expanding its family of wearables and they aren’t stopping any time soon. Now, they’re giving users an intriguing option that doesn’t break the bank — the Huawei Band 6.

Today, we’ll be going through our first impressions of Huawei’s new budget smart band.

Bigger screen, new smart band

Even before opening the box, you can already tell there’s something different about this Smart Band. You might even doubt yourself while reading the copy right in front of you.

“Huawei… Band 6. Did I read that right?

Huawei Band 6

We already have an image of how most smart bands are supposed to look like. What immediately comes to mind is a small screen. The good is that they’re light. The bad is how they have limited real estate for information to be presented right in front of you.

Yet here we were, the Huawei Band 6, with a screen that looks more watch than band.

There’s nothing special with the unboxing experience. Aside from the device, you’ll be getting manuals and a magnetic charging cable. Straight to the point. No fluff.

Bigger doesn’t always mean heavier

The star of the show is the Huawei Band 6 itself and even at a first glance, it does not disappoint. The screen is big but it isn’t overwhelming.

The band has a minimalist look to it, with only a single button found on its right side.

Huawei Band 6

From a try-on, the Huawei Band 6 doesn’t feel heavy, which is a pleasant surprise considering its screen size. It doesn’t feel cheap either even though its body is made out of plastic. This is a quality device that screams value.

Go bigger for better

A quick run through the device and you already see the benefits of having a screen this big. Aside from having immediate access to more information such as the number of calories burned, steps counted, and heart rate, a couple of swipes brings you to a page that tracks your stress levels throughout the day. Definitely important to have that given the current pandemic.

It looks really stylish as well on your wrist. The Huawei Band 6 immediately strikes you as a device that is both useful and versatile, both for fashion and for practical use.

That’s all we have for now. Have any questions about its features? Make sure to send them over through our Facebook Page or Twitter account and we’ll take note of those as we go through the review process.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Band 6 will retail for PhP 2,599 and each purchase is bundled with a Free Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 1,499.

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Huawei Band 6 launches in Singapore

Smartband with a FullView display

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Huawei Band 6

The Huawei Band 6 is the latest entry-level fitness band from the company. It will launch in Singapore on April 15.

Front and center is the 1.47-inch AMOLED FullView display that sort of betrays the “entry-level” tag of the device. It closely resembles the Huawei Watch Fit, but of course, this one is smaller. Similarly, it functions like a smartphone screen in that you can swipe left, right, up, and down to access different things on the fitness band.

It promises up to two weeks or 14 days of battery life. Actual consumption, of course, will vary depending on the individual’s usage. It also supports fast charging. The Huawei Band 6 can give you up to two days worth of juice after being plugged for just five minutes. It also has power saving features that support continuous heart rate and sleep monitoring.

Speaking of monitoring, it keeps track of many things other than the aforementioned heart rate and sleep. including SpO2 to track oxygen levels. It supports 96 workout modes including 11 professional workouts like indoor and outdoor running, cycling, and many more.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Band 6 comes in three colors: Graphite Black, Sakura Pink, and Forest Green. It retails for SG$ 88 and is available at all Huawei Experience Stores, major consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Harvey Norman and Sprint Cass Online; and Huawei Official Store in Lazada and Shopee.

From April 15 to May 15, 2021, it’ll be SG$ 20 off (only SG$ 68) when customers present an e-receipt from NTUC in all Huawei Experience Stores, participating retailers and Huawei Official Store in Lazada and Shopee, while supplies last.

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