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Meet HUAWEI S1, a gorgeous fitness tracker with e-ink display

The HUAWEI S1 hybrid wearable is proof that a well-priced fitness tracker doesn't have to sacrifice its looks for functionality.

Published onNovember 2, 2016


Back in September, we reported that HUAWEI is considering launching a Tizen-based smartwatch in the future. While it’s not clear whether the all-new HUAWEI S1 fitness tracker is running Tizen, one thing is for sure: it is most definitely not Android Wear. The watch was first unveiled mid-October and went on sale at the end of last month for around $100, and it’s proof that a well-priced fitness tracker doesn’t have to sacrifice its looks for functionality.

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Back in October when the Chinese electronics company unveiled the HONOR 6X and the HONOR Pad 2, it had a surprise in store for us: the long teased fitness tracker/smartwatch hybrid. As you can see, the HUAWEI S1 boasts a minimalist design with a circular e-ink display. While it won’t give you all the vibrant colors that other smartwatches might, according to HUAWEI, the watch will last six days on regular use. You can check out the gallery below for more images:

In terms of features, the S1 seems ideal for the athletically-inclined. It has a heart rate sensor on the back, real time exercise intensity monitoring based on your physical condition, a personal pedometer, and you can even go for a swim with the watch on since the HUAWEI S1 is water resistant up to a depth of 50m. It also has some smartwatch features. Once paired with your smartphone, it will let you know who’s calling, give you message alerts and sedentary reminders, and function as an alarm clock.

According to VMall, an online retailer that carries the S1, the watch will come with two options for the strap length: long and short (though that’s a little ambiguous, my guess it’s 22mm and 18mm). And you have three color options: Navy Blue, Deep Gray, Vibrant Orange. Unfortunately, the S1 is only available in China for now, and HUAWEI doesn’t seem to have any plans to bring it outside the country.

What kind of features do you look for in a fitness tracker or a smartwatch? Let us know in the comments below!