Huawei have announced their very first Android Wear smartwatch, called simply the Huawei Watch, following the video leak from earlier. The watch features a 1.4-inch, 400 by 400 pixel resolution (for 286ppi), circular AMOLED screen behind a sapphire crystal lens and built into a 316L corrosive-resistant, cold-forged stainless steel body. Huawei boasted that they employed a team of traditional watch designers to assist during the creation of the Huawei Watch and it shows, but those looks appear to be backed up by a tough, solid design. Under that steel exterior, which Huawei claim is some 40% harder than conventional stainless steel, the Huawei Watch uses a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor, 4 GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1 and 512 MB of RAM. There is a heart-rate monitor, a six-axis motion and barometer all built-in here, designed to help the watch record “everything from the number of calories burned, to heart rate, climbing height, steps taken, and distance travelled.” We’ve no word on how large the battery will be but we do know that it’ll be recharged with a magnetic charging station. We also understand the Watch will be usable with gloves on or wet hands and in addition to the 1.4-inch touchscreen, there’s also a single push button built into the design.
Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, said this of the new Huawei wearable: “We have responded to consumers’ requests from around the world asking for a smartwatch featuring a timeless design that is truly smart from within. Through Huawei’s continued commitment to ‘Make It Possible,’ the Huawei Watch delivers on that promise and gives the consumer a premium smartwatch that is technologically innovative.” The Huawei Watch is going to be available in over twenty countries including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, much of Europe, Japan, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Huawei have said that the Watch will be sold in gold, silver and black but haven’t yet released the exact availability or pricing but say that this information will follow for each of the individual local markets.
The Huawei Watch follows the latest trend within the smartwatch scene of building a watch that looks like a watch first and foremost rather than following the traditional smartwatch look. At launch, the Watch will have more than forty faces available. What do you think of it? Do you like how Huawei have used of high quality materials and a high resolution screen? Let us know in the comments below.