Huawei Honor Band A1 offers basic activity tracking, UV sensor at only $15
But unlike its domestic arch-rival, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer was ultimately open about the full specs and capabilities of the Honor Band A1, which will begin shipping on Chinese shores in exactly two weeks.
As the name suggests, the A1 isn’t a series pioneer, though it really looks nothing like the Honor Band Zero fitness watch. The new guy is an extremely minimalistic bracelet lacking a display (or a very strong sense of style), which promises to last up to a full month between charges, pulling Android and iOS notifications as either vibrations or blinking LED lights.
Definitely meant to give the Xiaomi Mi Band family a run for its money, the Huawei Honor Band A1 can of course count steps, estimate calories burned, and monitor your duration and quality of sleep.
It doesn’t however supervise your heart rate, trying to make amends for its “oversight” with a UV sensor that isn’t quite the same thing. It’s useful, don’t get us wrong, helping you choose sunscreen and alerting you of possible exposure risks, it’s just not as strong of a health shield as an HR reader.
On the bright side, the Honor Band A1 is crazy lightweight, at 20 grams, and it’s protected against dust interaction and up to 1 m water immersion, courtesy of IP57 certification. With silicone straps, it’s also stupid cheap (CNY 99 or $15), while going the fancy leather route shall set you back 200 Yuan, or $30. Not bad, but the low-cost activity tracker ball remains in Xiaomi’s court.