For those who like traditional watches on their wrists but are looking for more functionalities from their accessory, the design of a lot of the smartwatches in the market leave a lot to be desired. Chinese OEM Huawei announced their first smartwatch, and it will try to convince that segment of the market to try out their take on the wearable, which looks like an elegant, “normal” watch but is in fact laden with features and functionalities more than just telling the time.
The Huawei Watch comes in standard silver and black and gold, looking like a beautiful timepiece. It has a sapphire crystal lens with a 1.4-inch roundfaced touchscreen. The display has a 400×400 pixel, 286 ppi resolution, which may not be that impressive, but is relatively better than some of the (very few) circular smartwatches in the market. The device’s cold-forged stainless steel is 40% harder and is scratch-resistant. There is also a physical button at the 2 o’clock position that is more natural for your grip than say, the Moto 360’s button. It really does look like more of a regular watch than the other wearables we’ve seen so far, which may appeal to those who don’t want to look like they’re wearing a smartwatch for some reason.
In terms of what’s inside, it has a built-in heart rate monitor and 6-Axis motion sensors to monitor your physical activities, including walking, running, biking, hiking, and even your sleeping habits. You can also record and keep track of how many calories you’ve burned, how many steps you’ve taken, how high you’ve climbed, and how far you’ve traveled, pretty standard fare for wearable devices nowadays.
The Huawei watch has a 512MB memory, 4GB of storage, and of course a Bluetooth 4.1 to connect it to your smartphone. It will also have a magnetic charging station, although they have not announced yet details about its battery life, pricing, and availability.