Huawei Band 7: review in two minutes
The Huawei Band 7 is an incredibly affordable fitness tracker with plenty of fitness tracking features for a small price. It’s not yet available in the US due to the ongoing dispute between Huawei and the US government, but in the UK it sells for around £49.99 or AU$159.00 in Australia.
In that regard, it’s a direct competitor to Fitbit’s dominance on the more affordable end of the spectrum, and goes on par (or bezel-to-bezel) with the Fitbit Inspire 2. For the low cost of entry, however, users do get access to a thin, light, and comfortable fitness tracker with more sensors than the casual user is likely to need.
This includes blood oxygen readings, something previously reserved for Pricer smartwatches, as well as the usual step, heart rate and calorie burn tracking. It’s not a full experience for those looking for something more malleable, although there are third-party watch faces that can be downloaded (and purchased), the Huawei Band 7 is a closed circuit when it comes to the third-party integrations, which means there is no Strava integration. It can, however, write to Apple’s Health app.
There’s also no Bluetooth playback or built-in storage, unfortunately, meaning if you’ve been out for a run you’ll need to take your phone with you to listen to music. It also lacks GPS, but in testing the step count and distance tracking were impressively accurate.
Still, if you’re starting your fitness journey, it’s hard to argue the price here, and with a solid companion app capable of setting a variety of fitness goals, there’s a lot to like for such a small spent. It is definitely one of the best cheap fitness trackers.
Huawei Band 7: price and release date
- Available now
- Priced at £49.99 and AU$159
- Not available in the United States
The Huawei Band 7 arrived earlier in 2022, and while it’s currently available in the US, you can pick it up for £49.99 / AU$159 in Graphite Black, Wild Green, Nebula Pink or Flame Red.
That makes it considerably cheaper than the Fitbit Inspire 2, which costs $99.95 / £89.99 / AU$179.95.
Huawei Band 7: Design
- Available in Graphite Black, Wild Green, Nebula Pink or Flame Red
- Impressive AMOLED display
- Customizable watch faces
It would be fair to say that at a glance, the Huawei Band 7 looks pretty much like any other fitness tracker out there. Our review unit is the Wilderness Green version and resembles a squarer and wider Fitbit Inspire 2.
The star of the show here is its AMOLED display, which offers a flatter 1.47-inch screen than some rivals, but never feels bulky thanks to the slim body that measures just 9.99mm thick. Huawei calls the Band 7 bezel-less, and it’s hard to argue just because of the deep black around the outside of the screen. In fact, we bet if there were glasses, you wouldn’t see them anyway.
Without the strap, the Huawei Band 7 weighs only 16g and you can easily reattach and remove the straps using the pins underneath. In terms of controls, there’s only one side button for navigation, and everything else is handled via the touchscreen.
Charging, as you might expect, is via a small pad with a USB-A attachment, but there’s no power supply included. We’re also sorry to say that installing the charger is a little more fiddly than Fitbit’s satisfying ‘snap’, but we got used to it after a few days.
Huawei Band 7: Performance
- Two week battery life
- Heart rate sensor, SpO2 and more.
- A fitness tracker, not a smartwatch
To set expectations, it’s worth noting that the Huawei Band 7 is a fitness tracker as opposed to a full-fledged smartwatch. Between the small, thin screen and the lack of third-party apps and music playback, it’s not as feature-rich as other full-featured smartwatches like the Huawei Watch GT 3.
The benefit of this, however, is that the Huawei Band 7 can focus on its specialties and really nail what it does well – starting with the drums. Despite the small chassis, there’s a two-week battery life here, which frankly makes many competitors almost laughable in comparison.
That’s not to say it doesn’t work hard either – heart rate monitoring is steady, and in our time tests we found its step tracking to be every bit as accurate as an Apple Watch that costs much more expensive on the other wrist. In fact, Sp02 monitoring, which is usually a more active process on other watches, works consistently here, with Huawei dubbing the blood oxygen and heart rate monitoring process TruSeen 4.0.
On a similar note, TruSleep 2.0 tracks sleep states and offers a more detailed breakdown of sleep stages compared to Apple’s own metrics.
As previously stated, however, the lack of onboard storage with which to carry a few songs or a podcast will mean those who prefer to train to music will be left out a bit here, while runners may want to opt for an alternative. with GPS tracking so they can be detached from their smartphone.
Huawei Band 7: companion app
- iOS and Android compatibility
- Simple, but may lack detail
While the Huawei Band 7 is phone-bound, thankfully the Huawei Health app is a seriously impressive piece of kit. Once connected, it presents a dashboard of steps and training minutes, as well as an “at a glance” overview of heart rate, distance and any specific plan to help you achieve what Huawei calls Health Goals.
With options ranging from blood pressure management to weight management, the app can set specific workout settings to help you achieve your goals. We tried the weight management option and were told to increase our metrics to improve metabolism. If you’re new to fitness, this is a great set of “training wheels”, but can actually go a lot further.
That’s because there are specific workout plans that can help you stop running out of breath while running for a bus, fun runs, and then half-marathon and even full-marathon plans. When you start running, having the next “level” to hit can be a big help, and it builds on that while recording your progress.
Best of all, it’s all written in Apple’s own Health app, meaning there’s one central location for all your data.