Huawei Watch launches for ‘watch-lovers, not gadget geeks’

We have known about the Huawei Watch for quite some time, with the Chinese company showing a pre-production version to the press many months ago already. Now, however, the Huawei Watch is fully production ready, in terms of hardware and software, and ready to take on the competition. Launched at IFA 2015 in Berlin this week, the Huawei Watch sports the latest version of Android Wear in a premium design. So premium, in fact, that you will need to drop quite a bit of dough to buy it. Despite the relatively short time the product category has been around, Android Wear watches have changed dramatically from the first launch. Unlike smartphones, most of these changes have been external. Android Wear watches have quickly transformed from gadgets you wear on your wrist to stylish accessories that also keep you connected to your phone ““ undoubtedly spurred on by the launch of the Apple Watch ““ and Huawei wants to take that experience even further. Huawei-Watch-1 The Huawei Watch sports a 400 x 400 resolution AMOLED display, meaning it has a higher pixel density than other smartwatches currently on the market. The device will launch with over 40 smartwatch faces, with more available on the Android Wear store, of course. It also includes a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, rounded off with a 300mAh battery, which Huawei claims will last up to two days. We will have to wait and see how all this hardware ages as Google adds addition features to Android Wear. This is probably the biggest caveat with modern smartwatches. Within a year or two the hardware (and software if not updated) will be obsolete and the device will just depreciate in value. Normal, “˜dumb‘ watches will always keep their value very well, especially designer watches. Huawei is releasing the Watch in three colours “” Stainless Steel, Black IP, and Rose Gold. The black and gold are plated or coated on the same cold-forged steel casing, which Huawei says is especially corrosion resistant. Huawei-Watch-Pricing The stainless steel models start things off at $349 or $399 (depending on band choice), with the black Sport trim coming in at $449 and the gold-plated editions scraping the ceiling at $699 and $799. Images: PocketNow Follow Theunis on Twitter: @Theunis_BWB