The Honor Watch 4 appears to be like set to supply super worth to these searching for a classy and wallet-friendly smartwatch. It’s additional enhanced by a wide-range of dial choices to swimsuit you and LTE assist.
Low-cost LTE connectivityLTE and GPS for beneath £130/€150
Giant show1.75-inch 390 x 450 AMOLED display
Lengthy battery lifeHonor claims the 451mAh cell can supply as much as 14 days’ of battery
Ever wished a smartwatch that provides off Apple Watch vibes however don’t need to fork out the money for it (and the accompanying wedge of wonga for the iPhone alongside it too)? That’s what the Honor Watch 4 is right here for.
The brand new smartwatch from Honor appears to be like to pack in easy smartwatch options, and a splash for connectivity, for beneath £130/€150. Listed here are my first impressions.
- Aluminium alloy middle-frame
- 1.75-inch AMOLED show
- 32 grams
The design is unmistakably Apple Watch-like, with its rounded sq. form and steel physique. However, that’s no unhealthy factor, particularly at this low worth. It definitely feels dearer than its sub-£150 price ticket. You’ll be capable to select between Black and Gold for the colourway, with the latter erring on the aspect of rose gold. In addition to the design of the watch part itself, the strap provides off Apple sport band vibes too.
It isn’t the lightest smartwatch, which you could have anticipated given its low worth and primary characteristic set, however its surprisingly premium design does justify the added weight. It’s additionally a consequence of the bigger 1.75-inch show, which is impressively crisp and vibrant whereas providing loads of display for presenting your exercise monitoring, messages and the like. For reference, it’s smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and the 44mm variations of the Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch Sequence 8, however bigger than the 41mm fashions.
Together with a classy outer design, there’s greater than 300 dials to select from and those I noticed actually run the complete gamut. You’ll discover sporty wanting choices, taking inspiration from Nike choices on the Apple Watch, in addition to extra conventional analog and digital watch types. Then, there’s extra outlandish summary and digital art work choices out there too.
Options and Health Monitoring
- Speedy navigation
- eSIM LTE assist
- “Health age” characteristic
The spotlight of the options on supply with the Honor Watch 4 is LTE assist, notably that it gives this characteristic at such a low worth, providing connectivity and name capabilities away from Wi-Fi by eSIM assist.
Navigation is very simple with this smartwatch too, with only a singular button on the aspect. The on-screen interface matches the bodily consumer interface in simplicity. Navigation by the fundamental menus really feel speedy, aided by the 60Hz refresh fee. It will require additional inspection in our full assessment however Honor is touting a robust 14-day battery life with this watch too.
If you happen to’re searching for a reasonably-price wearable that’s simple to make use of however nonetheless gives helpful options, the Honor Watch 4 goes to be a prime contender.
For health options, Honor highlights its “superior exercise algorithm” for delivering correct and useful outcomes that encourage the burning of extra energy. I wasn’t capable of give this a go within the busy and restriced situations of an IFA conference corridor so that is one other check that’ll be pivotal come assessment time. “Health Age” is one other facet of this system’s exercise chops, aiming to keep away from stepping into the weeds of train information by providing you with a easy age-based rating following evaluation of your working and health.
The health monitoring is aided by what Honor calls its “Optical Microlens Array”, supposedly making coronary heart fee measurements extra correct. The on-board well being monitor tracks Stress, SpO2, Sleep, Coronary heart Charge and Breathe indicators, bringing all that date collectively in a single place in your accompanying cellphone.
It’s disappointing that Europe isn’t getting the perfect characteristic of the Honor Watch 4 that debuted in China however, at this worth, LTE assist stays its greatest coup. The design additionally gives wonderful worth for cash, as a less expensive Apple-Watch-alike.
Many will nonetheless have a look at the Apple Watch SE 2 as powerful competitors for this smartwatch however, on the Android aspect of issues, it’ll take the finances market by storm. Additional, the Watch 4 definitely focuses on simplicity and elegance supply detailed health options so extra critical train fanatics could discover the Fitbit Versa 3 a extra interesting proposition.
However, the fundamentals of smartwatch communcation are right here, boosted by LTE, and easy health options are on board. That’s to not neglect the vary of dials on supply too, alongside the standard construct. There’s lots to love.