The Huawei Watch Fit Elegant Editionsmartwatch was launched in late March for around £ 110 / € 130. Its interiors are identical to those of the regular Watch Fit, while on the outside it got a luxurious makeover and two new color choices.
We received the Frosty White version for a review that comes with a white strap and a golden colored stainless steel frame on the body. The other elegant variant is Midnight Black with a silver frame, but ours definitely looks better.
The laptop looks and feels familiar, and that should come as no surprise – it’s also sold under the name Honor Watch ES, which we reviewed back in September. But we are now examining in detail what this new edition is changing and whether it is worth the premium price.
Huawei upgraded this Watch Fit with a fluoroelastomer strap – it is technically rubber, but is more robust, slim and withstands water in the long run better than a regular silicone strap. Even with a stainless steel frame, the body weighs 27 grams (without the strap itself), which is extremely light and comfortable.
The display on the Huawei Watch Fit is a 1.64 ”AMOLED device with a single button on the right side. This laptop is hardly bigger than a smartband, but thanks to the bright screen, touch screen features, GPS and SpO2, it qualifies as a smartwatch in this rather vague division.
The rectangular screen is not intrusive, with a width of only 30 mm. It may be a little too long for smaller wrists, but we do not call it “a women’s watch” – it is a stylish, elegant addition to everyone’s outfit.
Since the strap is not plain silicon, the watch holds nicely under extreme conditions such as swimming, running (and the subsequent sweating) or even bathing in the tub with it. It does not hold water and feels comfortable all the time. Thanks to its light weight, the Watch Fit is also very comfortable to sleep with.
Huawei sticks to its own Lite OS for a number of good reasons – it supports a wide range of sensors, allows for very long battery life, and it even got support for third-party apps recently, though they are still missing. The watch comes complete with 12 animated fast training programs and 44 standard movement demonstrations – so it can act as your trainer for training even at home, which may well be the norm for many people these days.
In addition, there is support for tracking 11 sports modes such as running, swimming or cycling. There are 85 more customized training modes, bringing the total to 96, with each Watch Fit Elegant Edition tracking your heart rate, calories and duration plus a few other measurements where appropriate.
Huawei Watch Fit Elegant Edition can measure blood oxygen levels (SpO2), heart rate and even calculate stress. Huawei TruSleep 2.0 technology tracks sleep cycles and provides personalized advice depending on your sleep patterns. The watch also has GPS and we can confirm that it works just as well as a smartphone so there is no need to take both devices for a run.
However, Huawei data still cannot be transferred to other platforms – there is no support for Garmin, Strava, Suunto or other third-party GPX trackers and running apps.
Since not much happens on the screen and the functions are well optimized, the battery life can continue for several days. Huawei announces a 10-day life for the Watch Fit Elegant Edition on a single charge, but it comes with conditions – basic sleep tracking, 30 minutes of workout per week and fewer screen interactions.
During actual use, the Huawei Watch Fit Elegant Edition lasted for 7-8 days with a single charge, including running and swimming for hours, constant heart rate recording and frequent SpO2 measurements, TruSleep 2.0 turned on all the time, and even some messages popped up every now and then.
Huawei Watch Fit Elegant Edition
More than a week is much better than most other watches in this price category with that kind of sensors, so we count this as a gain.
Charging from 0 to 100% takes approximately 65-70 minutes, and there is a proprietary charger with strong magnets that snap instantly on the back of the watch.
The Huawei Watch Fit is not a new device on the market, but the Elegant Edition adds a bit of glamor to the active life. It does an excellent job of fitness tracking and does an even better job of looking great to suit those who prefer a more elegant style – a true fashion statement in the world of smartwatches.
The official price can be £ 110 / € 130 and we call it very good. However, Huawei stores in continental Europe are adding a Smart Scale 3 as a gift. The UK division also discounts many other smart portable devices, making the Huawei Watch Fit Elegant Edition a proper steal.