A few days ago, Huawei unveiled the new Huawei Watch 4 in Munich, and it made a strong impression. While not all of its features have been revealed yet, the smartwatch has already proven to be impressive.
During a major event in Munich, Huawei introduced the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Pro. The official release of these two smartwatches is scheduled for June in other countries.
Despite being just an announcement, plenty of information and details have already been leaked, providing a clear understanding of the two new models.
According to Pocket Lint published a detailed inhand review of the Huawei Watch 4 Pro. The Watch 4 Pro is available in two styles: one with a titanium strap and another with a brown leather strap.
Huawei Watch 4 warns of high blood sugar
Just a few days after the Munich presentation, Huawei made an exciting announcement regarding the Watch 4. Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong confirmed that the new smartwatch will come with a groundbreaking feature: hyperglycemia risk assessment technology.
Apparently, the group has been working on this project since 2013 and has accumulated over 100,000 hours of monitoring and more than 800,000 blood glucose data. Based on this data, it was possible to develop an appropriate algorithm that can assess the risk of hyperglycemia.
The unique aspect of this technology lies in its non-invasive approach, utilizing solely optical sensors to monitor blood sugar levels. However, detailed information about the workings of this technology is currently unavailable.
Currently, the feature is named “Hyperglycemia Risk Assessment” and is accessible directly on the watch. It allows users to perform measurements at any time and receive immediate feedback on their current blood sugar level. If the risk level is elevated, the display will automatically provide tips on how to lower blood sugar levels.
However, Huawei emphasizes that this feature does not provide measurements with the same level of accuracy as a medical device. The feedback should be viewed as a rough indication or warning, rather than an automatic indication of health risks.
The availability of this feature in Europe is still uncertain. It’s worth noting that it took approximately a year for the Huawei Watch D, which included blood pressure measurement, to be available outside of China.
This development represents a significant advancement in wearable technology and mobile health monitoring, which will greatly impact the entire industry. Huawei has demonstrated the technical feasibility of non-invasive blood sugar measurement using optical sensors.
What else do you know about the Huawei Watch 4 (Pro)
The Huawei Watch 4, which will soon be on the market as the successor to the less successful Watch 3 , will be available in two models.
- The Huawei Watch 4 is the standard version, so to speak, 46mm in size and made of stainless steel.
- The Huawei Watch 4 Pro is slightly larger at 48 mm and titanium is used as a high-quality material.
Both watches have an LTPD-AMOLED screen, which is 1.5 inches in the Pro version and is already causing great enthusiasm with its excellent resolution and rich color rendering.
Technically first class equipment
Pretty much everything that Huawei can currently offer has been packed into sensors under the hood.
- TrueSeen 5.0 optical heart rate sensor
- SpO2 sensor
- skin temperature sensor
- Barometer (not yet secured)
The Huawei Watch 4 includes Bluetooth, WLAN, NFC, and LTE interfaces, just like its predecessor Huawei Watch GT3 or Huawei Watch GT3 Pro. It also features a microphone and loudspeaker. For distance measurement and location determination, it uses dual GNSS with GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, and QZSS satellite systems.
In terms of battery life, the Huawei Watch 4 falls short compared to the GT series. The Pro version lasts 4.5 days, while the standard version lasts 3 days before requiring a recharge.
Although the battery life of Huawei Smartwatches may be relatively modest, it is considerably longer compared to the Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Health is in the foreground
Huawei has also recognized that users like to use smartwatches to monitor their own health. For this reason, the Watch 4 (Pro) has been equipped with a long list of corresponding features.
- Pulse measurement
- SpO2 measurement
- Skin temperature measurement
- Stress measurement
- True Sleep sleep monitoring
- Measurement of arterial stiffness
- Respiratory examination
- One Minute – Seven Point Health
The Huawei Watch GTR 3 Pro introduced functions like ECG and artery stiffness measurement. However, the new features of airway examination and One Minute-Seven Point Health are unique to this model.
Although specific details about the respiratory tract feature are unavailable, the one-minute function bears resemblance to Garmin’s Health Snap Shot found in the Venu 2.
Reportedly, a simple button press and short waiting time allow for the measurement of vital parameters mentioned earlier. This provides a quick overview of relevant data, offering insights into one’s current well-being.
One notable absence in all Huawei watches, including the Watch 4, is the measurement of heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is considered a valuable metric for assessing sleep quality and recovery after intense training sessions. Unfortunately, according to available information, the Huawei Watch 4 lacks this feature.
Huawei Watch 4 (Pro) – also suitable as a sports watch
As far as the sporty aspect is concerned, many of the already known functions have apparently been taken over from the GT series.
The Watch 4 (Pro) also offers around 100 preinstalled sport profiles, with some activities being recognized automatically. Popular features like
- AI running coach
- Running Ability Index
- intelligent companion during an activity
- Measurement of the lactate threshold
- Back to route function
- interval trainer
will most likely also be found on the new models. And there will also be interfaces for automatic data export to third-party providers such as Strava or Adidas Running. Of course, it will also be possible to connect external sensors such as chest straps or cadence sensors to the watches.
It is also already clear that there is a driving range mode for enthusiastic golfers and a free diving mode for divers.
Will the Huawei Watch 4 (Pro) get smarter?
Not much information has been released regarding the smart functions and related updates of the Watch 4.
However, the Watch 4 will feature the usual set of functionalities found in other Huawei smartwatches. This includes receiving notifications for messages, calls, appointments, and tasks. The integrated microphone and loudspeaker enable direct phone calls from the watch. Furthermore, with the LTE modem and eSIM card, all these features can be used independently of the smartphone.
Additionally, the watch will come equipped with a music player that supports popular platforms like Spotify and Deezer. It can also be connected to headphones for audio playback.
Fall detection with an emergency call function is expected to be included in the watch’s features, although its practicality still needs to be tested.
The possibility of mobile payments via the NFC interface remains uncertain for now.
As always, the Huawei App Gallery will provide a wide range of watch faces, while the selection of third-party apps will be relatively limited.
Prices and Availability
As mentioned above, the Huawei Watch 4 (Pro) will be officially presented on May 17th. Huawei apparently plans to start sales on June 8th and delivery is scheduled to start on June 22nd.
The Huawei Watch 4 will cost 480 $, while the Pro model will cost around 600 USD.
Based on the currently available information, it can be concluded that the Huawei Watch 4 (Pro) is an upgraded version of the GT3 Pro. It boasts high-quality materials, a fantastic display, new health features, comprehensive sports and fitness equipment, and LTE connectivity. In summary, the Watch 4 offers everything users desire in a modern smartwatch. Consequently, it presents an intriguing alternative to Samsung and Apple smartwatches.
Although Huawei may not compete with Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch in certain aspects, such as the range of third-party apps, it excels in other areas like long battery life, which holds significant importance to users.
Nonetheless, it is advisable to await the official presentation as there may still be surprises or groundbreaking features to be revealed.
source @Huawei Central