“The Honor Band 4 Running Edition can be fastened on to shoes for accurate step tracking, while the Watch Magic is a full fledged smartwatch”
Honor’s India launch event was understandably highlighted by the Honor View 20 smartphone, which has drawn all the eyeballs to itself with its punch-hole display, high-resolution rear camera, and the glitzy rear paint pattern. However, the company has also dedicated a fair bit of effort around wearable technology, and has brought the Honor Band 4 Running Edition and the Honor Watch Magic to India. The products were launched in China in September and October 2018, respectively.
Honor Watch Magic, Honor Band 4 Running Edition prices in India
The Honor Band 4 Running Edition is priced at Rs 1,599 in India, while the Honor Watch Magic is priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 14,999, depending on which band you pick. The Watch Magic also gets easy-swap bands, which will be sold separately.
Honor Watch Magic, Honor Band 4 Running Edition specifications
The Honor Band 4 Running Edition differs slightly from the standard edition of the fitness and activity tracker. The key visual difference is in the colour schemes — while the Honor Band 4 is available in solid colours, the Running Edition wristband is available in five dual-colour finishes. In terms of internals, it features a 0.5-inch OLED display, which is almost half of the 0.95-inch AMOLED display that the Band 4 uses. It is also very light, with its body and TPU band combined weighing a mere 17g.
The Band 4 Running Edition includes a six-axis sensor, along with a ‘foot mode’ that allows you to fix the device on your shoe. This is further aided by a “professional running posture monitoring” algorithm, which is aimed at fixing your running posture to ease muscular tension on your feet, and rectify your running style to keep you fitter. The sensor measures elements such as foot strike and landing pattern, ground contact time, step length, swing angle and others. This is also aimed at helping amateur to professional runners avoid injuries while running, and all of these features can be accessed in the ‘foot mode’.
In wrist mode, the band includes standard features such as vibration-based notifications for calls and messages, time and date display, step-activity-calorie reminders, and more. The Band 4 Running Edition is also water resistant up to 50 metres, is rated to last for 21 days (standby time) on a single charge, and also gets a smartphone app to keep track of your performance.
The Honor Watch Magic is more tuned towards being a lifestyle product than the hardcore fitness appeal of the Honor Band 4. It measures 9.8mm in thickness, and has been made out of 316L grade stainless steel, with CNC machining and laser engraving on the body.
The Watch Magic gets a 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 390 x 390-pixel resolution, and 326ppi pixel density. Honor claims that the Watch Magic is built on a dual-chipset board inside, which separately handle performance when you are actively using the watch, and efficiency when only background tasks are running. This reportedly helps optimise smoothness of performance and the interface, as well as overall battery life, which is rated at seven days of standby time.
The Honor Watch Magic gets integrated GPS services, with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo built into the watch. Fitness features of the watch include real time heart rate monitoring, multiple activity modes, calorie-step-distance tracking, training and fitness mentorship mode, and even a sleep mode. It also gets call and message notifications, as well as reminders from your calendar. Both the Band 4 and the Watch Magic are compatible with both Android and iOS devices.