The Huawei Watch Fit, launched in 2020, was a fantastic fitness tracker that doubles up as a competent smartwatch at a very affordable price of $148. Now, its successor, simply named as Watch Fit 2, is here.
- Price: $168, get it at Lazada and Shopee
- Display: 1.74 inches, AMOLED, 480 x 336 pixels
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Water resistance: 50m
- Weight: 26g
In Singapore, the aluminium Classic and Elegant editions will not be available. Only the plastic Active editions are sold here (at S$20 more than its predecessor) with three different coloured silicone straps to choose from – black, pink and blue. The review unit comes with the “Isle Blue” silicone strap.
In terms of design, the Watch Fit 2 does not differ much from its predecessor except for a slightly larger 1.74-inch touchscreen display (up from 1.64-inch).
It still only has one side button on its rectangular watch case. The straps are easily removable unlike the original. You just need to press the small buttons at the watch back to pull the straps out.
Like its predecessor, the Watch Fit 2 comes with all the fitness monitoring tools you can think of including, heart monitoring, blood oxygen, sleep tracking and built-in GPS.
For this review, the Watch Fit 2 is paired with a Huawei P50 Pro most of the time. The fitness tracker runs on HarmonyOS, instead of Lite OS in its predecessor. As such, it works best with a HarmonyOS-powered or Huawei smartphone like the P50 Pro. For example, you can only send photos to the Watch Fit 2 via NFC using a Huawei smartphone.
|Very affordable||Works better with a Huawei phone|
|Very accurate steps and sleep tracking||Classic and Elegant editions not available here|
|Long battery life|
And while it works with an iPhone, there are some limitations such as not being able to send quick SMS replies. Not to mention, even the AppGallery on Huawei Health app on the P50 Pro offers only six apps to install. These apps include Calculator and Petal Maps.
On the upside, it does offer many watch faces that you can download for free or buy. But overall, the smartwatch features of the Watch Fit 2 need to be improved.
However, fitness tracking wise, the Watch Fit 2 performed superbly. In fact, the Watch Fit 2 has 97 workout modes, but I think most people just use the usual walk, run and swim workout modes.
For tracking of steps, its readings were only 3 per cent off from that of my calibrated Apple Watch Series 7. Using its built-in GPS to track runs without a smartphone, the Fit Watch 2 was 20m off in its measurement of a 4.2km jogging route in a park connector. It was able to lock on to GPS signals in only around 5 seconds, much faster than its predecessor.
Its sleep tracking capability – like the original – continues to be excellent, right up there with Fitbit in terms of accuracy. It correctly pinpointed the time I went to sleep and woke up as well as when I got up for a pee break in the middle of the night.
On the Huawei Health app, there are also sleep cycle graphs that break your sleep patterns into deep sleep, light sleep and rapid eye movement sleep. The Huawei Health app also provides insights into deep sleep continuity and your breathing quality during sleep.
This fitness smartwatch has a rated battery life of 10 days with daily sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring. During my tests, I found the battery life to be around 8 days with two runs clocked and daily sleep tracking. So, you can safely charge it once a week instead of daily.
VERDICT: If you are looking for a superb fitness tracker that is super affordable, the Huawei Watch 2 might be an excellent choice with its accurate fitness tracking. That is of course if you are not too bothered with smartwatch functions like replying messages or accessing voice assistant.