Today marks the official launch of the Honor Band 5. The fitness tracker was launched at an event in China where the star attractions were the Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro. While the Honor Band 5 looks about the same as the Honor Band 4, there are quite a few upgrades. Before we get into its specifications and features, let’s take a look at how much the fitness band costs and what is its availability status.
Honor Band 5 Price
In China, the Honor Band 5 has been priced at 189 Yuan (approx. INR 1,900) for its standard variant which has now gone on sale in the country. Honor has also launched an NFC-equipped variant of the Band 5 which costs 219 Yuan (approx. INR 2,200) and is set to go on sale from July 29. The brand is yet to disclose release details of the fitness tracker for other countries.
Honor Band 5 Specifications, Features
From the outside, the Honor Band 5 bears a close resemblance to its predecessor. It comes with a silicone strap in black, green, pink, and blue color options, while the tracker itself only comes with a black paint job. More strap color options are likely to be made available later. The display on the front of the tracker measures 0.95-inches and makes use of an AMOLED color panel with a resolution of 240 x 120 pixels. This helps it achieve a 282PPI. At the bottom of the display, you can see a circular ring which is essentially a captive button that can be used to interact with the tracker. A 100mAh battery backs this fitness band.
The Honor Band 5 is indeed waterproof and is rated for up to 50 meters of submersion. This is ideal for use during workouts where you might sweat a lot, and also comes in handy when performing activities such as swimming. You could even get wet in the rain without having to worry about damaging the tracker.
Unsurprisingly, the Honor Band 5 shares quite a few features with its predecessor, including activity tracking and real-time heart rate monitoring. Activity tracking, in particular, can cover up to ten different types of sports, including swimming, cycling, and running. Other commonly known features associated with fitness trackers that are also found on the Honor Band 5 include step counter, sleep monitoring, and notifications for texts and calls.
When it comes to new features, the one that stands out the most is the blood oxygen level monitor. On other products, including Fitbit devices, this feature is called the SpO2 monitor. There are two main reasons why you would want to measure the oxygen level in your blood. The first is to asses the quality of your sleep, and the second is to help detect fatigue levels during the day.
On the more expensive variant of the Honor Band 5, you also get an embedded NFC chip that can be used to make cash-less and card-less payments. Such models usually only launch in China, though, and we don’t expect it to make its way to the Indian market.