Huawei may not be the first brand that comes to mind when you think of luxury. The Chinese company is primarily known for its line of affordable Android smartphones, but your opinion may soon change. I know mine has and seems that Huawei is on a roll as well.
The company has kept it plain and simple, calling the device simply as the Huawei Watch. Huawei showcased the device back at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona this past March. Now it is finally out.
The Huawei Watch is the company’s first smartwatch. Just like the Moto 360, LG G Watch R and Watch Urbane, the Huawei Watch runs Google’s Android Wear operating system. It can display personalized Google Now cards and notifications for text messages, emails and calls from your iPhone or Android smartphone right on your wrist.
Design, Specs & Hardware of the Huawei Watch
The Huawei Watch will be the eighth Android Wear watch to hit the market, but it does have some unique features that will help it stand out. The screen is protected by sapphire crystal, which should make it harder to scratch. The 1.4-inch AMOLED display is a complete circle compared to the screen on the Moto 360, which features an unsightly black bar at the bottom. The 400×400-pixel resolution on the Huawei Watch is also higher than any other Android Wear watch available today. That works out to about 286 pixels per inch (PPI).
The Huawei Watch has ‘premium’ written all over it. It is built with cold-forged stainless steel. It wasn’t too heavy, but also not light to the point where it feels cheap. A smartwatch hasn’t felt this good since the Apple Watch. On the top right, around two o’clock, sits the crown. While it looks nice, it doesn’t spin or have much use. You can press the crown to light up the display or access the app drawer.
On the inside, the Huawei Watch is near identical to every other Android Wear watch. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, rather than the newer Snapdragon 410. It’s also equipped with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The watch carries an IP67 rating, which means it can withstand splashing and showering (sans the leather strap of course), but you shouldn’t go in the pool with it.
On the back, there’s an optical heart-rate sensor, which Huawei claims to be “the most accurate” of any smartwatch. There’s also a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a barometer. These are used to measure your steps throughout the day. Huawei claims the 300mAh battery will get you up to two days of usage, even with the always-on display feature enabled which is significantly better than the Apple Watch. There’s Wi-Fi on board but lacks NFC, GPS and cellular connectivity like some of the other smartwatches already out there. This is a huge let down.