Withings ScanWatch Light Review – The Smartwatch That Doesn’t Need Charging Every Day

The Withings Scanwatch Light stands as Withings’ latest hybrid smartwatch, merging advanced health monitoring, a sleek premium design, and an impressive 30-day battery life. Priced at $500 AUD, it’s the go-to choice for those in search of a timeless, classical-looking watch with smartwatch capabilities and a battery life so impressive it might make you forget it ever needs charging.


Along with the smartwatch, the packaging also comes with the USB-C compatible charging doc and a USB-A to USB-C cable, as well as instruction manuals.



Unlike other smartwatches that have touchscreen displays and run on dedicated operating systems, the hybrid smartwatch design of the ScanWatch Light retains the classic appearance of a traditional analogue watch, with a small circular screen at the 12 o’clock mark. The grayscale OLED screen is quite simple. It is a monochromatic display but offers ample brightness for outdoor visibility. Although lacking an “always-on” display, there is an option to twist your arm to activate the screen. 

Navigating the screen is intuitive, facilitated by twisting and clicking the crown.

Size, Design, and Colours

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The 37mm diameter is a great size for a watch, and I love the sleek and modern design, available in 5 colours: sand (off-white dial with rose gold case), pearl white (white dial with silver case), blue, green, and black. I opted for the black colourway as it seems most versatile, but the sand colourway also stands out for its truly classy and premium aesthetic. The 17mm wristbands are also interchangeable, and you can purchase a wide range of colours and materials (including rubber, leather, and metal clasps) from the Withings website.

Materials, Water Resistance, and Weight

Build quality is solid. Featuring a durable Gorilla glass and stainless-steel case, with 5 ATM water resistance rating suitable for showers or swimming sessions (though not intended for scuba diving). Weighing a mere 27 grams, the ScanWatch Light strikes a balance between durability and lightweight comfort.


Setting up this watch is straightforward. Download the Withings app, navigate to the “Devices” section and add a new device to set up. Then just follow the on-screen instructions. The in-app tutorial is clear and user friendly, making the set-up process effortless and uncomplicated.


Activity tracking

The Scanwatch Light seamlessly incorporates automatic activity tracking, a feature that notably improved during my testing. Initially, manual logging of workouts was necessary as it couldn’t automatically track activities. However, after about a week, it started doing this automatically and quite accurately.

It accurately records steps and measures distance travelled using GPS.

A diverse range of workout options is provided, including walking, running, cycling, swimming, badminton, basketball, football, golf, padel, pilates, yoga, and even horseback riding and gaming

Heart rate monitoring

The Scanwatch Light provides comprehensive heart rate monitoring, measuring your heart rate at rest, during exercise, and throughout sleep. It can notify you of any high or low resting heart rate events, offering a proactive approach to cardiovascular health management.

I did notice that in order to track heart rate and activity accurately, the watch had to be put on quite tightly onto my wrist, which may be slightly uncomfortable for prolonged use.

Sleep monitoring

Provides detailed analysis including sleep duration, wakefulness periods, light and deep sleep, interruptions, and weekly sleep trends.

The sleep quality score combines 6 parameters (duration, depth, interruptions, bed and rise-time regularity, and time to sleep & time to get up) aiding in tracking sleep patterns for potential adjustments

Average sleep heart rate monitoring provides some insight into cardiovascular health, while the Respiratory Scan periodically detects breathing disturbances during sleep.

Menstrual cycle tracking

For users seeking menstrual cycle insights, the ScanWatch Light facilitates period tracking and symptom logging directly on the watch. Symptoms like cramps, breast tenderness, diarrhea, headache, and acne can be recorded, and the app provides in-depth cycle analysis and educational material about tracking and understanding various menstrual cycle aspects.

Phone notifications

Effortlessly staying connected, the ScanWatch Light notifies you with gentle vibrations for calls, messages, and app-specific notifications. The convenient setup for these notifications can be easily configured through the user-friendly Withings app.


The ScanWatch Light’s charging speed is commendable (It had 41% charge when I got it and took about 30 minutes to reach full charge. With a promoted 30-day battery life, it stands out in the smartwatch market, and I was quite excited to test this claim.

In my real life testing so far, after 12 days of basically continuous use (including during sleep), the battery has gone down from 100% to 15%. Despite initial faster drainage (3-5% per day), the rate slowed down to 1-2% per day as it reached lower percentages. This suggests the remaining 15% might last another 10 days or so. So, although I suspect it won’t reach exactly 30 days, not having to think about battery for close to a month is still incredibly convenient.

All in all, just an amazing battery life. 


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The Withings ScanWatch Light is a remarkable hybrid smartwatch that seamlessly integrates advanced health monitoring, an elegant design, and an impressive 30-day battery life. Priced at $500 AUD, it caters to those seeking a timeless watch appearance coupled with smartwatch capabilities. The setup and health monitoring are seamless through the Withings app, and the user-friendly interface adds to the overall positive experience.

It’s available at Australian retailers like JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, etc. Also available at Amazon.

Disclosure: Withings ScanWatch Light review sample was supplied for reviewing

Withings ScanWatch Light Review


The Withings ScanWatch Light is a stylish hybrid smartwatch with advanced health monitoring and an impressive 30-day battery life, ideal for those seeking a timeless watch with smartwatch functionality.


  • Sleek and modern design, solid build with durable Gorilla glass and stainless-steel case
  • Automatic activity tracking, GPS-based steps and distance measurements, wide variety of workout options
  • Comprehensive health monitoring heart rate, in-depth sleep analysis, and menstrual cycle tracking with symptom logging
  • Exceptional battery life of up to 30 days


  • Small grayscale 16-bit OLED display. No always on display
  • No wireless charging
  • Wristband may need to be worn tightly for optimal workout/heart rate tracking accuracy
About Timothy Edward

Timothy is a medical student at the University of Melbourne but loves exploring new tech for productivity and relaxation. When he needs a break, you'll find him immersed in the world of music, sports, and movies.

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