Monday , October 23 2017

Unlocked Huawei GR3 phone hits Target with a bonus activity tracker for $279


If you’re looking for a new phone and activity tracker for either yourself or a Christmas present, Huawei has just unleashed a new bundle, offering the Huawei GR3 4G compatible handset with a bonus A1 Color (sic) Band activity tracker for $279.

The phone itself isn’t new, it’s essentially a Huawei Enjoy 5s without the fingerprint sensor, but the bundle is and if you really just want the phone you can grab it for just under $200 from places like JB HiFi. The bundle appears to only be on offer with a White version of the GR3, though it’s available in Grey and Gold as well if you want just the phone.

Building on Huawei’s design prowess honed over the years on their higher end offerings, the GR3 has a beautifully finished aluminum alloy unibody design. It’s powered by a Mediatek Octa-Core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 13MP camera, basically a pretty decent spec. The phone does only come with Android 5.1 – with Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI) laid over the top – but EMUI is quite usable and if you have problems with the aesthetic then you can always install a third-party launcher over the top.

Complete specs for the phone include

Key Specifications:Huawei GR3
Release dateDecember 2016
Screen size5.0-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCD
Resolution1,280 x 720
PPI401
Rear camera13MP
Front camera5MP
ChipsetMediaTek MTK6753T
Core config1.5GHzx8
RAM2GB
Storage16GB
MicroSDNo
Battery2,200 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorMicroUSB
Headphone PortYes
Headphone LocationTop
Speaker ConfigurationBack
Android OSAndroid 5.1.1
Vendor skinEmotion UI 3.1
Dimensions143.5x71x7.6mm
Weight135g
Colours
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Grey`

In terms of band support, the GR3 should be ready to go on all networks in Australia featuring support for Band 3, Band 5 and Band 28 – essentially your main 4G bands used across all three major Australian carriers.

The Color Band A1 activity tracker is a new one here in Australia, it was apparently released in China back in May but has finally made its way to our shores. The band has all the usual fitness tracking features you could want including tracking your exercise and sleep time and quality, how far you’ve walked or run and the steps taken, as well as calories burnt. One feature that Huawei seem pleased with and will go well with the Australian audience is a UV sensor that will let you know how much sunscreen to use.

The Color Band A1 does come with a notification light as well as a vibration motor to let you know when an incoming call or message arrives. The band pairs with your phone through Bluetooth 4.2 and has a 28 day battery life on standby from the 70mAh battery included in the band. It does have an IP57 rating, so you probably don’t want to get it too wet, but you can sweat in it no problems at all.

There’s an app for the Color Band A1 on Google Play which lists more about the functions and what you can keep a track of and shows how Huawei will display your information.

If the GR3 or Color Band sounds like something you’d want to get you can grab the bundle from Target now, we’re checking in with Huawei to see if the Color Band A1 is available separately or not.

 
Source: Target.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

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