Huawei sub-brand Honor is prepping to launch the Band 5, its next generation fitness tracker that promises to bring a big new feature to the affordable wearable.
The Honor Band 4 successor's existence was confirmed by the company's CEO Zhao Ming, who shared the image (below) on Chinese social media website Weibo. It shows off the new tracker, which looks like it'll have a design not too dissimilar to the Band 4.
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What's interesting is the data displayed on the device. Along with a heart rate reading, there is also a percentage reading for blood oxygen levels, according to Ming.
The Band 5 seems likely to include an SpO2 sensor, joining Fitbit in offering the ability to measure blood oxygen levels. That extra layer of biometric data will apparently enable the tracker to detect fatigue, dizziness and poor sleep, Ming states in his post.
Unlike Fitbit's sensor, which currently lies dormant inside of its Ionic and Versa smartwatches and Charge 3 fitness tracker, it looks like Honor will let you start making use of that sensor for those health and sleep insights straight away.
We fully anticipate that the Band 5 will also offer the same waterproof design, 24/7 activity tracking, PPG cardio tachometer to monitor heart rate and big battery life as the Band 4. The question is whether the addition of that new health monitoring sensor will bump up the price.
Should Honor manage to keep the price of its new tracker super affordable like it has with previous iterations, it could be the cheapest tracker to offer the ability to measure blood oxygen levels.
It seems like we might not have a long time to wait to find out, either. The Honor Band 4 was unveiled the Honor 8X smartphone, and the Band 5 could well join the big Honor 9X reveal, which is expected to go down on 23 July. Like previous launches, it'll likely be on sale in China first before it makes its way to other parts of the world.
Via: GSM Arena