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Honor introduced the latest member of its Band line and it’s a big step up from last year’s model. The new Honor Band 6 brings a 1.47-inch AMOLED panel with a 194 x 368-pixel resolution and 2.5D curved glass. This effectively positions the Band 6 in smartwatch territory if we go by screen size alone. The new band is wider and thicker than its predecessor though it appears to be several millimeters shorter. Elsewhere functionality is pretty similar to last year’s model.Band 6 still does heart rate tracking, blood oxygen monitoring and sleep tracking as well as women’s health management. It also offers activity tracking for 10 different sports with automatic detection and is waterproof up to 50-meter depths. Once paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth, it can buzz your wrist with notifications and control music playback.You also get the option to choose between a plethora of watch faces through the smartphone companion app. Charging is done through a proprietary magnetic cradle and battery life is rated at up to 14 days though this is presumably with the battery saver mode. The listed dimension of the smartband without the strap are 43 × 25.4 × 11.45mm and it weighs 18 grams.
|Honor Band 6|
|Display||1.47-inch AMOLED Touch Display
194 x 368 resolution
|Sports Modes||10 Sports Modes
Automatic exercise detection
No animated workout courses
|Female Cycle Tracker||Yes|
|Sensors||Optical Heart Rate Sensor
No built-in GPS
|Water Resistance||5 ATM|
Typical usage – 14 days
Heavy usage – 10 days
Display and Battery Life
As you can see, the Honor Watch ES packs a larger display and has a higher resolution. The spec sheet also says it has Always-on Display but Honor doesn’t mention if the feature is available for the Band 6 even though it also has an AMOLED screen.
The Watch ES also has an ambient light sensor which means that the brightness can be adjusted automatically. For the Band 6, you will have to adjust the brightness when you are indoor or outside.
Both fitness trackers have the same battery capacity but the larger display of the Watch ES means that its battery life is lesser.
Another major difference is built-in storage which is not available on the Honor Band 6. If you don’t like taking your phone along when going on a run but don’t want to miss out on your exercise playlist, then the Honor Watch ES is the one for you.
The important part of a fitness tracker is how is its activity tracking. Clearly, the Honor Watch ES has the upper hand as it features more workout modes than the Honor Band 6. It also has animated workouts. However, the Honor Band 6’s 10 sports modes include the most popular ones such as indoor (treadmill) running, outdoor running, swimming, elliptical, indoor and outdoor cycling, indoor and outdoor walking, rowing, and free training. If your favorite exercise(s) isn’t mentioned above, then the Band 6 isn’t for you.