The Honor Band 4 is the latest smart-band from Huawei’s sub-brand Honor. It is a budget fitness band that packs a lot of features. There are plenty of fitness bands out there, but the Honor Band 4 targets specific products.
In this post, we will be comparing the Honor Band 4 with two such products; the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, and the Mijia Hey+ Smartband. The Mijia Hey+ is a smartband that came to life via Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform.
Honor Band 4 vs Mi Band 3 vs Xiaomi Hey+: Price
Xiaomi sells the Mi Band 3 in India for Rs. 3490, which is pretty great for what it offers. The Mijia Hey+, on the other hand, isn’t sold in India officially. You can, however, import it to the country. It costs around Rs. 2300 in China, so we expect it to be around the same as the Mi Band 3 when it reaches India.
The Honor Band 4 was only just launched in China, where it is priced at 199 Yuan (Rs. 2,084). When it is available in India, we expect it to be priced around Rs. 2,800.
Honor Band 4 vs Mi Band 3 vs Xiaomi Hey+: Design
All three bands have a similar looking design, and are rectangular in shape. The Mi Band 3 and Hey+ Smartband have rounded corners though, unlike the Honor Band 4. The bands also come with an in-built home button on the display, and have straps made from silicone.
The Mi Band 3 looks very similar to the Mi Band 2, but gets a slightly bigger touch display. It comes with a 0.78-inch OLED screen with a 128 x 80 resolution. The display is still not a color panel. The Hey+ smartband gets a slightly larger 0.98-inch AMOLED display, and has a better resolution of 240 x 120. Finally, the Honor Band 4 gets a 0.95-inch AMOLED color display, with 2.5D glass on top.
Xiaomi and Honor have both made its fitness bands quite waterproof. The Honor Band 4, Mi Band 3, and the Hey+ Smartband, all get an IP68 rating and are up to 5ATM waterproof.
Honor Band 4 vs Mi Band 3 vs Xiaomi Hey+: Connectivity and Battery
In terms of connectivity, the Honor Band 4 and the Hey+ Smartband, are slightly better equipped than the Mi Band 3. Both bands get NFC as well, apart from Bluetooth connectivity. Therefore, you can use NFC to make payments on the Honor Band 4, and the Hey+ Smartband. The Mi Band 3 is said to get NFC in a new variant, but we have no idea when that would be announced.
You can expect great battery life from all three devices, especially the Mi Band 3, and the Hey+ Smartband. Both can last up to 20 days on a single charge, and up to 10 days when automatic heart tracking is enabled. With the Honor Band 4, you will get slightly less battery backup as it has a color display. You can get up to 6 days of usage when in continuous heart tracking mode.
Honor Band 4 vs Mi Band 3 vs Xiaomi Hey+: Fitness Tracking and Other Features
The Honor Band 4, being the latest out of the three, has the most accurate heart tracking sensor. That’s according to Honor, so we can’t really tell if it is true. However, with cheap fitness trackers, you can’t really expect the best accuracy.
All three bands have several fitness modes, and can count steps, monitor sleep, and other exercises. They also come with a swimming mode, that can be used when you go swimming. You can track all your data on the accompanying app. Both the Mi Band 3 and Hey+ Smartband have pretty much the same fitness tracking software and features.
Apart from fitness tracking, the bands will also show you notifications for reminders, calls, weather information, text messages, and other data. You cannot reply to the messages, but you can read them. The Honor Band 4 has the best screen to read on, as it shows all the different data in different colors.
The capacitive home button located at the front, which is available on all three bands, can be used to reject calls. The Mi Band 3 also has gesture support for navigating through the UI.
Honor Band 4 vs Mi Band 3 vs Xiaomi Hey+: Verdict
Out of the three, we would recommend you go for the Honor Band 4. It has a color display, good pricing, and NFC support. The Mi Band 3 lacks NFC and a color screen, otherwise, it is still a good and cheap fitness tracker.