Huawei Band 5 test – the affordable fitness tracker

The Huawei Band 5 was launched by Huawei in November 2019. The 5th generation of the fitness bracelet from the Huawei subsidiary is the first product from this manufacturer that is equipped with the feature of measuring blood oxygen outside of China.

With the Huawei Band 5, Huawei has a very powerful activity tracker in its range that has everything you need for an active everyday life. The almost 0.95 inch OLED display shines brightly enough so that you can read everything well outdoors in the blazing sun. Bluetooth pairing is straightforward and remains stable, while the Huawei app lists everything you need to know in a simple, understandable and clear form. Thanks to 5 ATM, the tracker is waterproof up to a maximum of 50 meters.

Huawei recommends rinsing the surfaces thoroughly after swimming in salt or chlorinated water. The Huawei Band 5 has all the necessary analysis functions on board for swimming – as well as for running, cycling, circuit training and various indoor fitness exercises. The Huawei reliably carries out sleep tracking and provides you with information about any periods of restlessness. The advantage: the pulse can be measured continuously.

The functions of the Huawei Band 5

  • countdown
  • distance
  • Calorie consumption
  • Sleep monitoring,
  • Heart rate
  • Blood oxygen measurement
  • Pedometer
  • Swimming tracking (SWOLF, distance, speed, swimming style)
  • stopwatch
  • time
  • 12/24 hour display
  • Notification of calls
  • Notification of messages
  • date
  • Inactivity alarm
  • Camera control
  • Music control,
  • Alarm clock

Huawei Band 5 – the heart rate measurement in the test

In my fitness tracker test reports, I always check the accuracy of the pulse measurement on the wrist. Because that is one of the most important functions of a fitness bracelet. The calorie consumption is also calculated from this data.

One of the big advantages of these little trackers for me is that I can keep an eye on my pulse while training. Because only then can you do real pulse training. Basically, almost all fitness trackers have the problem of adapting to intensive workouts quickly, since the optical pulse measurement does not provide that.

The measurement with Pulse Oximeter and Huawei Band 5

In the video you can see the test on the Huawei Band 5. At rest, the data is really pretty good. The deviation is approx. One to three beats per minute. In my opinion, this is absolutely fine for a cheap fitness tracker, as hardly anyone needs more precise data on their resting heart rate. Very often, however, the device is just right, as you can see in the video.

However, the data is still usable and would be fine for me personally. Because whether I now have 5 beats more or less, that does not play a major role for me with a usable mean value. I am not a top athlete. Most of you won’t be either.

Notifications received on the smartphone are shown directly on the tracker display. They are easy to read on the color display. The notifications are usually displayed even before they are received on the smartphone.


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