Huawei Band 2 Pro has the Fitbit Charge 2 in its sights

VO2 Max, wellness data and recovery info are all along for the ride
Huawei Band 2 and Pro fitness bands unveiled

Huawei has officially unveiled the Band 2 and Band Pro 2, a pair of fitness trackers that pack in activity monitoring and offer both training and recovery insights.

The new devices will keep tabs on user fitness levels in order to provide personalised running plans and real-time feedback on exercise, while the Pro will go a step further and also feature VO2 Max insights.

First look: Huawei Band 2 Pro review

After already popping up on the Huawei Watch 2, VO2 Max support means that a wearer is able to tap into the maximum rate at which the body can import oxygen, transport it to muscles and then use it to produce energy. Huawei is relying on heartbeat analytics firm Firstbeat and its tech to detect VO2 Max fitness levels with around 95% accuracy.

However, the platform is also able to take advantage of Training Effect, a stat to gauge how each exercise session impacted your fitness level, and offer a recovery time to give you an estimate of when to hit the gym next.

Both devices are able to withstand up to 5ATM of water pressure, allowing you to take it for a dip into the pool, but only the Pro version will house the ability to bring you Huawei's TruSleep insights and breathing coach.

And while this feature list isn't anything completely groundbreaking, it does bring Huawei's range into line with the leaders in the field, Fitbit.

In particular, the Huawei Band Pro 2 appears to offer many of the same features that the Fitbit Charge 2. Not to mention the looks of the device, which seem to be a mix between the Charge range and the company's Alta offerings.

Either way, while both lines offer VO2 Max and can bring you a bevy of exercise, sleep and wellness feedback through the respective companion apps, what could set Pro version apart from the rest of the scene is its onboard GPS. Currently, the Fitbit Charge range only offers tethered tracking.

Prices and release dates aren't yet available for the pair of new trackers, but we suspect they'll be making their way onto wrists sooner rather than later, so stay tuned for when we know more.

Huawei Band 2 Pro will aim to replace your Fitbit Charge 2




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