[MWC 2015]: Huawei joins the smartwatch bandwagon with the stylish Android Wear Watch
“The Huawei Watch offers a stylish flair with its circular dial constructed from cold-forged stainless steel”
Google’s platform for wearables is yet to celebrate its first birthday, but it has already attracted the likes of Motorola and LG for powering their smartwatches. The latest brand to join their ranks is the Chinese manufacturer Huawei, with its offering dubbed simply as the Watch. The smartwatch was unveiled at a pre-MWC event in Barcelona today, along with the brand’s other wearables, the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1.
One of the biggest problems with smartwatches is that more often than not, they tend to miss out on the style aspect. Huawei has taken care of this by working with a team of experienced watch designers to deliver a circular watch. The dial is crafted from cold-forged stainless steel available in black, gold and silver options, which can give even luxury watches a run for their money. The straps of the Huawei Watch are available in a multitude of materials and styles such as leather and steel to fit the user requirements and style statements. Just like conventional wristwatches, the smartwatch will also have a crown that offers various control options.
The Huawei Watch flaunts a circular 1.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. Making the display panel resilient against scratches is a sapphire crystal lens. Under the hood, the smartwatch draws power from a 1.2GHz Qualcomm chipset augmented by 512MB of RAM. The storage needs are taken care of by 4GB flash memory.
In terms of sensors, the Watch is fully loaded and packs a six-axis motion sensor, barometer and a heart rate monitor. The motion sensor can accurately detect whether the wearer is walking, running, biking, hiking or sleeping. This means that the Huawei Watch can track calories burnt, heart rate, and height climbed, apart from the usual step count and distance travelled. For charging, it will come with a magnetic charging station.
Running Android Wear, the Watch connects to the devices powered by Android 4.3 or above via Bluetooth. Apart from the usual functionality of Android Wear, the smartwatch also comes with more than 40 unique watch faces to match one’s personality.
Sadly, the brand hasn’t divulged any details on the availability and pricing of the Watch, but we do hope that it lands on our shores soon.