The smartwatch field is busting wide open with an onslaught of new models arriving all of the time. It has been close to a month since the new high-end Huawei Watch in Silver arrived in the Canadian Google Store and now we are learning that the popular Black model has arrived for $579…you can now purchase an extra Charging Cradle as well for $49. The Huawei Watch is running the newest Android Wear and will pair up with any Android devices running Android 4.3 or higher as well as and Apple device running iOS 8.2 and higher.
While most manufacturers view their wearable device a smartwatch first and a timepiece second, Huawei approached theirs, as first a watch that happened to be ‘smart,’ hence the name the Huawei Watch. It is elegant enough to wear at a formal affair or change up one of the more than 40 designs and have yourself a more rugged looking chronograph.
The Huawei Watch has a 1.4-inch, 400 x 400 resolution AMOLED always on display. The brains are provided by using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. A 300 mAh battery provides its power and should get you through an entire day. It has the usual smartwatch suspects – gyroscope, accelerometer, PPG (heart rate sensor) and barometer. For a smartwatch costing this much, it does lack wireless charging and there is no auto-brightness functionality because there is no sensor – something that should be in a watch costing this much. Huawei claims a dead battery can charge to full capacity in one hour.
While smartwatches are taking a little longer to be accepted by Canadians, with many equating them with fitness and exercising gurus, rather than thinking of them first as a timepiece. For a couple of years, most smartwatches were extremely large, rectangle devices that many believed looked like they belonged on a ‘clown’ rather than something that you could wear to a board meeting. However, all of that is changing with the Moto 360, Samsung’s new Gear S2, the LG Watch Urbane, the Huawei Watch and the newest TAG Heuer Connected watch.
Last month, Emily Taylor, senior Analyst for consumer service and mobility at IDC, in a statement to MobileSyrup said, “Innovation is important to grow the wearables market in Canada to its fullest potential and to show the real value wearable devices can bring disruption and even risk will be part of this growth. It will be very exciting to see how the market evolves over the next five years.” IDC believes that Canadians will be purchasing about 1.4 million units by the end of 2015, as they gain greater acceptance.