The Huawei Watch, which was announced at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, is an elegant circular watch that runs on Google’s Android Wear software. The company is targeting both men and women with the product, allowing users to personalize it based on colors (silver, black and gold), a variety of band options (for example, leather and stainless steel) and 40 different watch faces. The company said it will likely launch the Huawei Watch by mid-2015, likely in June. The AMOLED display is 42 mm in diameter, which according to the company, is the most compact design out there they picked a size somewhere in the middle that makes it wearable by both sexes (typically, smartwatches skew masculine due to the limited size and style options available).
Similar to other smartwatches, users will be able to get text messages, check email, receive phone call notifications, play with apps and stay on top of their calendar directly from the touchscreen. The device is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor and syncs up with smartphones running Android 4.3 and higher. Under the hood, the Huawei Watch includes 4GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility. There is also a physical button positioned near the 2 o’clock mark.
The watch is also part fitness tracker: it has a sensor within that knows in real time if a person is running, biking, sleeping and so on, and keeps track of these stats (including calories burned, distance traveled and heart rate via its built-in heart rate monitor).
As for the look, the circular shape and the stainless steel frame is a nod toward traditional watches and a design that most consumers tend to consider more appealing. Due to technology constraints, however, many smartwatches (including the Apple Watch) have a square or rectangular-shaped design because it’s hard to fit so much technology into a smaller, curved case. But Huawei does it beautifully here.
The arrival of the Huawei Watch doesn’t come as a huge surprise — manufacturers with roots in the smartphone industry like Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola have already invested big money and resources into developing a wearable, so it makes sense for Huawei to follow suit. And the look of the watch isn’t a shocker either, thanks to two promotional videos that leaked online earlier in the weekend (they were sooner after pulled). Not to mention, of course, a promotional ad for the product was spotted at the El Prat airport as journalist and show attendees arrived in town. Read more…