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Withings Pulse HR Challenges Fitbit with 20-Day Battery Life

Withings Pulse HR Challenges Fitbit with 20-Day Battery Life”

The new wearable device from Withings looks promising with features such as support for smartphone notifications and exercise tracking for example, but can it compete against Fitbit? One arez where the Pulse HR might stand out from the competition is in battery life - Withings says a full charge can last up to 20 days with normal usage and 5 days in Workout Mode.

Unfortunately, the Pulse HR doesn't have built-in Global Positioning System. The original Withings Pulse came out back in 2013, so the Pulse HR is going to have some major improvements over that model. The Pulse HR features water resistance up to 5 meters (5 ATM), connected Global Positioning System tracking, and a 316L stainless steel casing holding an OLED display. The device has a water resistance rating of up to 50 meters.

By simply raising their wrists or pressing the button on the tracker, users can see and scroll through a wealth of information on the OLED display including time and date, heart rate, calories burned, progress towards daily activity goals, real-time workout information and smartphone notifications.

Under the hood, there's the usual gamut of fitness tracking sensors. Withings has launched its second device on the tech market and it is called Pulse HR. However, users also have to option to manually select what type of workout they want to track. When using the tracker in Workout Mode, the display changes to consistently show your heart rate and a timer so you can keep track of how long you've been working out.

Like all Steel HR watches, Pulse HR offers dedicated multisport tracking for over 30 different activities from yoga, volleyball and rowing to boxing, skiing and ice hockey. It detects length and quality of sleep, while providing an overall Sleep Score in the Health Mate app that is based on data such as sleep duration, depth regularity and interruptions. This includes swimming as the band is rated at 5ATM.

The fitness tracker is also compatible with third-party fitness apps like Google Fit and Apple Health.

Pre-order the Pulse HR today from Withings for $129.95.

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