Honor’s fitness tracker gets blood oxygen monitoring

Honor’s Band 6 gets a design resulting in a wrist wearable that looks like a smartwatch, and less like a fitness tracker. Honor, formerly owned by Huawei. It launched its latest wrist wearable, the Honor Band 6, on Wednesday and will be available for purchase internationally starting Sunday via Alibaba’s AliExpress.

Honor’s features a much-larger 1.47-inch AMOLED display that tracks heart rate, water-resistant down to 50 meters. It is advertised as having a 14-day battery life. It added a feature due to the pandemic that is blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoring. It joins high-end wrist wearables like the Apple Watch 6 and Fitbit Sense in the feature.

Honor relies on sensors on the underside of the device for the estimate of the variability of oxygen levels in their bloodstream. The Band 6 should be used only for wellness purposes and not as a medical device. It shouldn’t use it to screen for any type of disease.

Honor Band 6 includes an optical heart rate sensor offering round-the-clock heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking. There are 10 workout modes to choose from including swimming and rowing. It is available in black, grey, and pink color options.

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