No it’s not a rectangular, but the Huawei Watch is a very attractive Android Wear-powered smartwatch with a round face and it is a classic piece. Here’s everything you need to know about it right after this fold.
The Chinese company is primarily known for its best line of affordable Android smartphones, but after this your opinion may change soon, which Huawei may not be the first brand that comes to mind when you think of luxury and in smartwatch segment, it’s own wrist-wearable first saw the sunlight at the MWC show in Bercelona this past March, It featured a stainless steel body and a display that was indeed protected by sapphire crystal, a first for an Android Wear watch. When it’s gonn be released? And more importantly, how much would it cost?
If you are one of those fans searching for a budget range wearables, then it’s not for you and the deal isn’t cheaper thugh. The cheapest model for instance will cost you $349, while the more-expensive gold model tops out at $799. If this is the pricing of the standard and premium, then many could choose Apple Watch, and that depends on what they actually select from. But the price gets you arguably the better looking Android Wear watch around, it’s still just an Android running smartwatch, and by no means is it or the platform perfect.
Just like the Moto 360 2, LG G Watch R and Watch Urbane, the Huawei Watch runs Google’s Android Wear operating system. It can also display personalized Google Now cards and notifications for text messages, emails and calls from your iPhone or Android smartphones right on your wrist.
Although, Huawei does included more than 40 customizable watch faces, and where the watch is also dedicated activity tracker that can measure steps, distance and calories burned. On Android, it can sync with third-party apps from Jawbone, Strava and many others in Play store. Design and hardware keys go by; a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and is a complete circle, features an unslightly back bar at the bottom. With a 400×400 pixesl resolution screen, the Huawei Watch is also higher than any other Android Wearables available today, and it’s the eighth one to land inside the market. That works out to about 286ppi – the higher that number, the sharper the screen.
The Huawei Watch is built with cold-forged stainless steel. It wasn’t too heavy and not only does the watch look like premium product, but also not light to the point where it feels cheap. Since the Apple Watch, a smartwatch hasn’t felt this good. On the top right, around two o’clock, sits the crown. No use at all, while it doesn’t spin. You can press the crown to light up the display or access the app drawer. When compared to Apple Watch, Huawei Watch’s digital crown can not spin to scroll through apps.
It’s powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, rather than a newer Snapdragon 410, equipped with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage for music lovers and apps. The watch carries an IP67 rating, which means it can withstand splashing and showering. On back of it, has an optical heart-rate sensor, which Huawei claims to be “the most accurate” of any smartwatch. Sensors present are gyroscope, an accelerometer and a barometer, used to measure your steps throughout the day. With the 300mAh battery will get you up to two days of usage, even with the always-on display feature enabled, is charged using a magnetic dock that clips to the back. There’s a fast-charging feature that will get you up to 80% battery life in just 45 minutes, while the full charge will take you under an hour and a half.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi on board so you can use the watch without a phone nearby, but doesn’t adds NFC for mobile payments, not does have cellular connectivity like the Samsung Gear S2, and even it won’t be tracking your location through GPS like Sony Smartwatch 3.
The face on the Huawei Watch measures 42mm and will only be available in one size, which is a shame given that the Apple Watch is available in both 42mm and 38mm models. The Huawei’s Watch supports both 18mm and 21mm straps that can be swapped out for any regular watch strap of the same size. Offers a leather strap, link bracelet and a mesh band. The Huawei Watch is available in three models.
Huawei Watch Specifications
- 1.4-inch (400 x 400) pixels AMOLED Display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, 286 ppi
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC
- Android Wear OS (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
- Sensors: 6-Axis motion sensor, Barometer, heart rate monitor
Price and Availability
The silver model with a leather strap will be available for $349. Adding either a silver link bracelet or mesh strap increases the price to $399. The sleek black model will be offered with a black link bracelet for $449, while the high-end rose gold-plated model will be available for $699 with the leather strap or $799 with the gold link bracelet.
Pro-orders for both the silver and black models are available today. For the rose gold models coming later this year. The Huawei Watch will arrive in stores and online from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy on September 17. For the UK and Australia has not been confirmed, but US prices convert to about £230/AU$500 and £520/AU$1,140, respectively.