The first day of Mobile World Congress was as exciting as it could get, with numerous highly anticipated smartphones like the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 finally leaving all the rumors behind and becoming official. But aside from these smartphones which seem to steal the spotlight early on, MWC was also (and still is) the place where various manufacturers can showcase their other creations, including wearables. Surprisingly enough, one of the companies eager to announce their first smart wearable device was Haier, which took the veil off a new stylish metal smartwatch boasting fairly powerful internal components.
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For those who may be wondering, Haier is a Chinese consumer electronics company known primarily for manufacturing domestic appliances. In 2014 Haier became one of the most influential white goods retailers in the world, holding the largest market share at the time. Interestingly enough, Haier seems to have decided to get involved with the smartwatch market, and its latest creation known as the Haier Watch was announced at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The Haier Watch is a full-metal smartwatch with high-end specifications, including a circular display with a diameter of 1.4 inches (42 mm) and a resolution of 400 x 400. It also boasts 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory, which should be plenty for this type of device. Other features worth mentioning include an internal microphone and speaker which can apparently be used to make and receive phone calls (smartphone connection required). In addition, the Haier Watch connects through Bluetooth 4.0, and can act as a fitness companion device thanks to the inclusion of various sensors, such a heart rate monitor and a sensor that keeps track of burned calories. It also seems to run on a forked version of Android Wear instead of Google’s stock OS for wearables, so it will be interesting to see what kind of proprietary software additions have been added by the manufacturer.
The Haier Watch features a stainless steel body with a circular dial and an IP56 certificate for dust and water resistance. It will be offered in gold, silver, and black, and much like the Apple Watch, Haier’s smartwatch can be paired with a variety of straps built from leather, steel or silicone. As yet there’s no concrete information regarding pricing or availability, so it remains to be seen whether or not Haier is planning to sell the Watch outside of China.