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Withings Pulse HR: Specs, price, release date, and features

16 November 2018

The fitness tracker is capable of being submerged in up to 5 metres underwater, can connect to Global Positioning System, monitor your sleep, reportedly last up to 20 days on a single charge, and can track walking, running and swimming activities.

While it sounds like the Pulse HR ships with a solid feature set, it's mostly what we'd expect from a fitness tracker. The sensor, along with Global Positioning System and what's touted to be a "category-leading" 20-day battery, are encased in reinforced polycarbonate and 316L stainless steel with a black silicone band - good for swimming with up to 5 ATM resistance.

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On the technical side, the gadget comes with a OLED display that shows all the essential activity metrics right on your wrist as well as any smartphone-related notifications. The original Pulse launched way back in 2013, so unsurprisingly, this new entry in the line - dubbed simply Pulse HR - comes with a number of upgrades. This includes swimming as the band is rated at 5ATM. It has an optical heart rate sensor for continuous heart rate-monitoring in workout mode, then the sensor samples your heart rate every 10 minutes when not exercising. However, users also have to option to manually select what type of workout they want to track.

There are 30 different sports available in the tracker's multisport tracking mode, ranging from skiing to ice hockey and boxing to yoga. That heart rate feature also gives users a breakdown of their workout session, showing how their heart rate fluctuated from workout to workout. The Pulse HR is able to do this all day and while the user is preoccupied with workouts. You can also track your activities with Global Positioning System if you don't mind taking your phone with you when you go out for a run. The band relies on your phone's Global Positioning System for accurate tracking of running, cycling, walking and hiking. Plus, it promises 20 days of battery life. Sleep tracking offers info on length and quality of your nightly rest and an overall Sleep Score in the Health Mate app.

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Pulse HR has capabilities such as Smart Wake-up that will wake users with vibration alarms at the most optimal times during their sleep cycle.

Regarding sleep, the device even goes farther there. As a comparison, the Fitbit Charge 3 costs $150 and has a very similar feature list, which would make the Pulse HR a very, very adequate alternative.

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The Withings Pulse HR is now available for pre-order for £119.95 ($179.95) and will be available from 28 November. The app is free on Android and iOS and works with other systems like Apple Health and Google Fit.

Withings Pulse HR: Specs, price, release date, and features