It’s no secret that HUAWEI makes excellent smartwatches: beautiful, functional and comfortable. Therefore, it is not surprising that the brand continued the series of wearable devices with the WATCH 4 model. We will find out what is good about this gadget from the review.

Design at its best

HUAWEI devices have always looked beautiful and original – and WATCH 4 was no exception. The watch is housed in a neat steel case, which houses a round screen covered with glass with rounded edges. On the right side there is a button combined with a rotating wheel, and below it there is an additional button, which also serves as a contact for measuring health indicators. The watch comes with a black strap made of soft and pleasant to the touch rubber.

The watch is compact: its dimensions are 46.2 x 46.2 x 10.9 mm, weight – 48 grams. Thanks to its size and shape, HUAWEI WATCH 4 fits comfortably on your hand and does not try to catch on clothes or surrounding objects. Thanks to its discreet but pleasant design at this size, the device is suitable not only for large hands.

HUAWEI WATCH 4

Interactive watch faces

HUAWEI has reimagined its approach to built-in watch faces, creating a miniature desktop with additional features. In addition to displaying basic information such as time and steps taken, almost every watch face has advanced functions that are activated by spinning the wheel. One will allow you to instantly activate the stopwatch, and the other will allow you to look at the position of stars and constellations above your head.

HUAWEI WATCH 4

The basic dial, in addition to installing any of the planets of the solar system in the central part, allows you to look at the position of the terminator line depending on the selected time, and also simply rotate the planet with your finger, enjoying the view. These features are hardly essential, but they look great and are guaranteed to impress. However, the installation of additional dials from the HUAWEI Health application has not gone away, of which, according to the manufacturer, there are already more than 200$.

Sleek screen and impressive features

HUAWEI WATCH 4 is equipped with a 1.5-inch LTPO AMOLED screen with a resolution of 466×466 pixels and a density of 310 ppi. In practice it performs well – the brightness reserve is sufficient, the automatic brightness adjustment does not make mistakes, the colors are saturated, and the image clarity allows you to read even the smallest font. There’s also Always On Display, and each watch face has its own style. We should also praise the smoothness of operation – the display instantly responds to touches and pleases with clear animation.

HUAWEI WATCH 4

The smartwatch runs HarmonyOS version 3.1.0. Since the system has already been optimized, the interface does not slow down, and the new design of items in the form of cards looks fresh and interesting. All pages and applications launch quickly and smoothly. Pressing the wheel opens the application menu, and swiping down opens the top curtain familiar to Android users. In it you can quickly launch a flashlight, find your phone, lock the screen, set an alarm, or, for example, activate night mode. And also add or remove elements.

The watch has a microphone, speaker, support for Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and eSIM. Now the gadget allows you to communicate even without a connected smartphone. You can also connect wireless headphones or speakers to the watch. Notifications from any application arrive instantly, are intelligently grouped and displayed in the form of cards – now they are easy to understand. You can respond to notifications not only with prepared messages, because HUAWEI WATCH 4 supports a full Cyrillic keyboard. Not everyone will be able to hit small symbols with their finger, but many users will be pleased with this option.

HUAWEI WATCH 4

Health and sports

The watch operates at a recommended temperature of 0 to +35 degrees Celsius and is rated at 5 ATM water resistance. According to the manufacturer, they are able to function at a depth of 50 meters for up to 10 minutes and feel great at a depth of up to 30 meters.

Thanks to a large set of sensors and tracking systems, the watch will be able to assess your health with one touch. If all goes well, there are more than 100 types of workouts to choose from – from standard running and walking to cycling, swimming in the pool and pond, hiking, skiing and snowboarding.

HUAWEI WATCH 4

Built-in GPS allows you to record your training results – satellites in open areas will connect almost instantly and maintain good communication. All data on measurement results and sports achievements are synchronized with the HUAWEI Health application – in it you can see all the necessary information, as well as receive recommendations, for example, on normalizing sleep and reducing stress levels.

What about autonomy?

According to the manufacturer, HUAWEI WATCH 4 holds a charge for about 14 days in Ultra mode and up to 3 days with intensive use. The truth is somewhere nearby: with periodic calls, constant notifications and round-the-clock monitoring of key parameters, the battery loses approximately 20-25% per day.

HUAWEI WATCH 4

When the Ultra mode is activated, the watch is disconnected from the smartphone and provides only basic functions. If you hardly touch them, then it is quite possible to extend the operating time by 12-14 days. The result, of course, is not the most impressive, but given the extensive range of functions, it is quite acceptable. In addition, the device supports fast wireless charging and replenishes the battery from 0 to 100% in about an hour.

Specifications

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
46.2 x 46.2 x 10.9 mm
48 grams
DISPLAY
1.5 inches, LTPO AMOLED, 466×466, 310 pixels per inch
CONNECTION
Wi-Fi 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.2
eSIM support
OPERATING SYSTEM
HarmonyOS 3.1.0
SENSORS
accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, optical heart rate sensor, light sensor, barometer, temperature sensor, ECG sensor, depth sensor
PECULIARITIES
fast charging, NFC, GPS, eSIM, 10 ATM water resistance according to ISO 22810:2010 standard, heart rate and blood oxygen measurement, sleep monitoring, built-in speaker and microphone
AUTONOMY
up to 3 days in active mode
up to 14 days in Ultra mode
Full charge in 60 minutes

Results

HUAWEI WATCH 4 fully met expectations. High-quality materials, smooth and fast operation, ample capabilities and a small size of the device – all this makes the watch a good choice for those who want a functional device with a pleasant design. The only let down a little is the autonomy, but that’s the price of a wide selection of options.