One of the first surprising stories to come out of Mobile World Congress this year was a beautiful smartwatch made by an unlikely source. The Huawei Watch was officially announced on Sunday, and we’ve been dying to get a closer look at it. We were finally able to check out this device in the flesh, and now we’re even more excited about it.
The Huawei Watch is a round Android Wear device, but with one big difference. Current round smartwatches have some sort of trade-off for the display. The Moto 360 has the infamous “flat tire,” and LG’s watches have completely round displays, but a lot of bezel around them. Huawei has managed to make a completely round display with not a lot of bezel. It looks like a legit watch.
The display is 1.4-inch AMOLED with 286ppi. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, and has 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, 300mAh battery, and a 6-axis sensor for fitness tracking. The Huawei Watch will be sold in 20 countries (including North America), but we don’t know when it will go on sale or how much it will cost. When it does go on sale it will be available in black, silver, and gold. This might be the best looking Android Wear device to date.
I want one… this will be added to my watch collection if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. very nice looking watch
Based on their other products, it should be well priced and offer more than the bigger names. Of course, model will decide price as well.
How is it pronounced? Hoo-wa-weigh? Hoo-why? Hoo-wa-wee? They need a commercial like Hyundai had a few years ago (“Say it like ‘Sunday'”).
lol perfect! I was not expecting that…
And wah-way? Interesting.
Pull your lips back, not out, on the way part, and you’ve got it.
Say it like “Who are we?” lol
beautiful….anyone know the battery size?? too lazy to google it.
thanks so much! wish it was a bit bigger. but its so beautiful, that can be ignored. i love that there is no “flat tire” like the moto 360. I cant wait to read some reviews on here about battery life, cause this might be my next toy!
So my initial thought was, “wow! that’s an ugly yellow gold color!” and then I had 2 coworkers take a look and their reactions were the same, so does anyone else think the color is hideous?
agreed but i’m looking more at the “black, silver and gold” part of the article….silver or black will be on my wrist if this comes to the US.
yeah, I saw that. Just wondering why they decided to showcase the ugly gold color. I would go with a silver color as I think it would go better with formal attire.
thats a good point….its very 70s looking. I am just looking at it as a whole. given the name brand, I’m guessing its going to be released to sell a lot! kind of stoked
Gold is very popular in some countries. All over Asia, especially.
It’s not my cup of tea either, but I see a lot of people wearing gold watches like that
Go to your local mall and you’ll see a bunch of girls wearing a gold Michael Kors watch just like this one.
I know someone who would dig it:
I honestly love the color especially with the butterfly lock on it. The gold on gold looks very luxurious to me
I’ll take a black one with leather strap. Don’t care what the price is.
Cannot deny the fact that these guys are making serious pushes against bigger players offering less for way more cost. And on more than just phones. I am not a huge wearables fan, but this one seems to be the nicest design thus far. More than 1 design to choose from.
I like, but one of the other tech. blogs said Q3/Q4 before release. That’s a long time.
I can wait, but it could be a big mistake if they take too long to release it. They have the current market beat, but new devices are popping up faster and faster. I would at least expect Moto’s 2nd gen to be out before the end of the year.
In a WSJ article, they gave a target of June.
If this comes in titanium or tungsten carbide-silveryblack, I’d love to have one.
Regarding Huawei’s smart watch announcement yesterday:
6 Months ago the watch to beat was the Moto 360 with similar round display and similar features. Lenovo execs have noted a updated Moto 360 model in the works. http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/11/20/moto-360-2nd-gen-new-rumor-motorola/
The Huawei smart watch is a copy cat with no amazing functionality and a higher price tag ($299, $50 more than Moto 360). They should have at least increased the specs well beyond the existing Moto 360.
Moto 360 Wins – (8.1 satisfaction rating) http://www.engadget.com/products/motorola/moto/360/
-ambient light sensor
-scratch / break resistant – Gorilla Glass 3
-dual microphone for noise cancellation
-Better display quality 286 ppi AMOLED vs. moto 360 with 205ppi Back lit LCD
-Barometric pressure sensor (Z axis detection)
Otherwise they are likely tied with…
-heart rate sensor
-processor (No user issues reported about responsiveness, so we might assume equality — Huawei’s use of a 2 yr old Snapdragon 400 may be overkill)
-other sensors – Optical heart rate monitor (PPG), Vibration Motor, accelerometer
-Moto’s reported 320 mAh battery is slightly more than Huawei’s watch with 300mAh (battery capability is likely equal, management will be through sw and experiences)
Moving forward, I would expect new use cases from smart watches to be adopted requiring faster processors and potentially more internal memory.
*massive facepalm We have no idea what the price of the Huawei Watch is nor battery life. Also the 300MAH is just rumored, we dont have official battery size yet.
I personally prefer the Huawei Watch in terms of look, size, and screen. I take it over a 360 unless it was illustriously more expensive than the 360 ($325+)
If there smart they will price it comparably to the 360 since that’s their main competition.
Also how is the Snapdragon 400 overkill? This just keeps the watch going longer before it gets outdated. I don’t want to replace my watch every year/2. Also the fact that the 400 is more efficient so it improves battery life so why not?
Sapphire is stronger than Gorilla Glass 3, that’s why its used on pretty much any med-high end normal watch.
I forgot which article but the CEO of Huawei was comparing the Watch to other mid range watch brands so it seems he doesn’t have a high price point in mind.