Global smartphone brand HONOR announced that the Pulse Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) monitoring and remote music control feature is coming to the HONOR Band 5 via an OTA (over-the-air) update on 29 September.

It will be making it an even more indispensable accessory for those looking for an all-in-one fitness tracker, heart rate monitor and sleep tracker.

The device is currently available to purchase at only RM139 in conjunction with HONOR’s Pay Day Sale on, happening from 27 September till 10 October.

SpO2 monitoring will be added to all HONOR Band 5’s via an OTA software update available beginning 29 September. Users can access it through the Huawei Health app and click “check for updates”.

This will prompt the band to update automatically. Once the Band 5 and Huawei Health app have received their free update, users can choose the ‘blood oxygen monitoring’ option on their Band 5, click to start measuring, and then see the results on the Band 5.*

Blood oxygen saturation measurement is a key indicator of the oxygen supply to cells and tissues. Good blood oxygenation is necessary to supply energy to your muscles in order to function well.

Blood oxygen levels between 90% and 100% are normal, while a SpO2 value below 89% could be a signal to stop exercising or seek medical attention.2

*The SpO2 monitor is not designed to be a medical device, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All data and measurements should be used for personal reference only.

HONOR is also adding remote music controls to the Band 5 via the 29 September update. Once the Band 5 is updated and music control is switched on via the Huawei Health app, customers can use the Band 5 to instantly view and control their favorite music apps right from their wrist.

Apps supported include Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube, Shazam, Huawei music and many more. Remote music control is compatible only with smartphones running Android 5.0 and above.

After the upgrade, the Huawei Health app will be running on version and Band 5 will be on version

The HONOR Band 5’s new SpO2 monitor joins its existing suite of features, including a 0.95” AMOLED Full Colour touchscreen, multiple sports and fitness modes and up to 14 days of normal usage from a single battery charge.

Coinciding the OTA update with World Heart Day 2019, HONOR hopes to encourage consumers to pay more attention to the health of their heart with the latest Huawei TruSeen™ 3.5 heart rate technology, which provides accurate 24-hour real-time continuous heart rate monitoring to help users keep track of their health and fitness.

On top of that, the TruSleep™ technology is able to track and monitor sleep quality and provide more than 200 customised suggestions to improve sleep quality.