I think that Huawei and Xiaomi are the most popular Chinese manufacturers not only of smartphones, but also of wearable devices, in particular, smart bracelets.
We have already tested a new fitness bracelet from Xiaomi on our channel Tech Brothers, and now I have a new fitness tracker from Huawei.
Unfortunately, I don’t have Xiaomi Smart Band 8 anymore, so I cannot compare it with Huawei Band 8 side-by-side, but I can tell you about all the features of the new Huawei bracelet.
You can see the Chinese inscriptions on the box, because I have a Chinese version of Huawei Band 8. However, the fitness bracelet has support for English and some other languages. I will show you that later.
Unlike the new Xiaomi Smart Band 8, the fitness bracelet from Huawei still has a plastic frame.
I have a black version of the Huawei Band 8, so the frame and strap are also black. However, you can buy a fitness bracelet in green, pink and even orange color with a fabric strap. The last one looks very nice, doesn’t it?
By the way, the strap is replaceable. You just need to press the button on the back of the tracker to remove it.
Another difference of the Huawei Band 8 is the physical button on the side. You can use it to open a menu with all functions.
The new Huawei bracelet has no microphone and speaker, so you will not be able to receive and make calls. Yes, Xiaomi Smart Band 8 also doesn’t have Bluetooth Calling, but there are many budget fitness watches in 2023 with this function.
Size and Weight
Talking about size and weight, the Huawei Band 8 is 43.45 × 24.54 × 8.99 mm. The weight of the tracker without a strap is 14 grams.
Huawei Band 8 is waterproof by 5ATM standard. It is the same as Xiaomi Smart Band 8.
Huawei Band 8 vs Huawei Band 7
By the way, I am comparing the Huawei Band 8 to the Xiaomi Smart Band 8, but the new Huawei fitness bracelet looks very similar to the previous generation.
Even the display is the same.
It has a diagonal of 1.47 inches, and a resolution of 194 x 369 pixels.
However, there is also no ambient light sensor, so you have to adjust the brightness of the screen manually.
So, the Huawei Band 8 loses here.
Nevertheless, if we do not compare them, the Huawei bracelet screen is clearly visible both indoors and outdoors. The touchscreen works very well.
You know, I like Huawei fitness bracelets because of the HarmonyOS. It seems that expensive Huawei smartwatches and budget fitness bracelets run on the same operating system.
You can also tap the settings icon under the watch face, and change functions, such as heart rate, weather, steps, calories, etc.
Swipe up from the main screen to read new notifications.
We can also see the connection with smartphone, the battery level, the day of the week and the day of the month on this screen.
When you swipe right from the main screen, you will see the weather forecast, and the music player.
The menu with all functions opens by pressing the physical button on the right side. There is workout, workout records, workout status, heart rate, spO2, activity records, sleep, stress, breathing exercise, music, remote shutter, notifications, weather, AliPay, WeiXin Pay, stopwatch, timer, alarm, flashlight, find phone and settings.
By the way, let’s take a look at the settings menu.
First, we have a watch face, where we can change the watch face and turn on/off Always-On Display. You can also select raise to show watch face or raise to show Always-On Display.
Next, in the settings, we have custom cards.
You can also change the vibration power in the settings.
In the Do not disturb menu, we can select All day or Scheduled Mode.
The notifications settings are wake screen and only show notifications when worn.
In the workout settings, you can enable auto-detect workouts.
There is also a heart rate broadcast in the settings.
Finally, you can read about the fitness bracelet, such as device name, model, HarmonyOS version, etc.
That’s all about the functions and settings on the Huawei Band 8 fitness bracelet.
Huawei Health App
Now, let’s take a look at the companion app on the smartphone of the new Huawei smart bracelet.
As I said before, the budget fitness bracelets from Huawei run on HarmonyOS, just like the most expensive Huawei smartwatches.
In the app, we can see Health information, such as calories, exercise and stand, exercise records, heart rate, sleep, stress, spO2, blood pressure, as well as health community and trends.
On the Devices Tab, we can see the connected Huawei bracelet, and watch faces. There are many different watch faces here, but some of them are paid.
By the way, I have a new firmware update. Let’s download and install it. No new functions will be added, but the user experience will be improved.
Finally, let’s talk about battery of Huawei Band 8.
I didn’t find information about battery capacity of the new fitness bracelet, but the battery life is the same as the previous generation – 14 days of maximum usage and about 9 days of typical usage.
You know, many people have complained that the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 is similar to its previous generation, and there is no point in upgrading.
However, in fact, Huawei Band 8 even has fewer updates from the previous version Huawei Band 7. It just received a slightly updated design. The functions and features remain the same.
So, answering the question at the beginning of the video – which bracelet I will choose – Xiaomi Smart Band 8 or Huawei Band 8, this year it will be Xiaomi fitness bracelet, because it has more updates. What kind of updates? Check out our full review of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 below.