Huawei Watch Review – Android SmartWatch

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Huawei’s Smartwatch for a New Generation

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With the holidays approaching, we have seen a large number of wearable electronics to hit shelves. While many of these devices are fun, there are few that are functional and stylish. Many of the fitness bands look pretty much like oversized rubber bands on your wrist, while some smartwatches are oversized and gaudy. Today, we take a look at a watch that is incredibly stylish as well as functional: the Smartwatch by Huawei.

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If you haven’t heard of Huawei then you probably don’t live in China where Huawei Technologies is a multi-billion dollar (USD) telecommunications company that has their core business rooted in telecommunications (networking services, etc.), creating enterprise business through hardware and software, and finally, a consumer electronics division that has sold over 150 million mobile devices over the past year.

The Huawei Smartwatch that we have today is the Black Stainless Steel model with the Black Stainless Steel Link Band that retails for $449.99 (comparable to the Apple Watch priced at $549).  Huawei ships the smartwatch in a very decorative box which reminds you that their product is more high quality craftsmanship than it is gimmicky wearable device. We think the inscription on the inside of the box is very appropriate, “Timeless design, smart within”.

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Huawei Watch Black Stainless Steel Key Specifications:

  • Operating System Compatibility
    • Android|Apple iOS
  • Touch Screen
    • Yes
  • Internal Memory
    • 4 gigabytes
  • Water Resistant
    • Yes
  • Operating System
    • Android
  • Body Metrics Measured
    • Activity vs. inactivity|Calories burned|Distance traveled|Heart rate|Steps taken|Elevation
  • Screen Size
    • 36 millimeters

Warranty

  • Parts
    • 1 year
  • Labor
    • 1 year limited

Features

  • Mobile Notifications
    • Yes
  • Email Capable
    • Yes
  • Text Messaging
    • Yes
  • Vibration Alert
    • Yes
  • Phone
    • Yes
  • Alarm
    • Yes
  • GPS Enabled
    • No
  • Processor Speed
    • 1.2 gigahertz
  • Watch Memory (RAM)
    • 512 megabytes
  • Voice Activated
    • Yes
  • Built-In Microphone
    • Yes
  • Calendar
    • Yes
  • Music Player
    • Yes
  • Countdown
    • Yes

Activity

  • Sensors
    • Accelerometer
  • Multi-Sport Tracking
    • Yes

Connectivity

  • Automatic Sync
    • Yes
  • NFC Technology  
    • No
  • Wi-Fi Compatibility
    • Bluetooth
  • Wireless Syncing
    • Yes
  • Internet Connectable
    • Yes
  • Bluetooth Enabled  
    • Yes
  • Bluetooth Version
    • 4.1

Performance

  • Shock Resistant
    • No
  • Dust Resistant
    • Yes
  • Maximum Depth of Water Resistance
    • 3 feet

Power

  • Instant On
    • Yes
  • Low Battery Alert
    • Yes
  • Battery-Strength Indicator
    • Yes
  • Charging Interface(s)
    • USB 2.0
  • Battery Size
    • 300 mAh
  • Battery Type
    • Lithium-polymer

Display

  • Display Type
    • Digital
  • Display Type
    • AMOLED
  • Date/Time Display
    • Date and time
  • Clock Display
    • Yes
  • Adjustable Brightness
    • Yes

Watch

  • Case Shape
    • Circular
  • Clasp Type
    • Buckle
  • Stopwatch
    • Yes
  • Material
  • Case Material
    • Stainless steel
  • Band Material
    • Leather
  • Case Back
    • Stainless Steel

General

  • No-Contract
    • Yes
  • Additional Accessories Included
    • Magnetic charging cradle, charging adapter
  • Color Category
    • Silver

Dimension

  • Adjustable Band Length
    • Yes
  • Band Length
    • 8.4 inches
  • Band Width
    • 0.7 inches
  • Case Length
    • 1.65 inches
  • Case Thickness
    • 0.44 inches
  • Case Width
    • 1.65 inches
  • Height
    • 1.65 inches
  • Width
    • 1.65 inches
  • Depth
    • 0.44 inches
  • Weight
    • 2.08 ounces

Here is a gallery of the Huawei Watch Black Stainless Steel with Black Stainless Steel Link Band that we received as a loaner to review. The 1.4″ full circle AMOLED display looks sharp and the glass is scratch resistant sapphire crystal. For those that are curious the display on this watch has a 400 x 400 resolution and the pixels per inch (PPI) pretty good as when the second hand is ticking is acceptable looking. Like all Android watches the watch face changes after a few seconds as ambient mode will help save the battery life. The Huawei Smartwatch looks and feels like it has a high quality construction and really is one of the best built smart watches that we’ve seen as it’s certainly a step up from the Moto 360 or ASUS Zenwatch. The stainless steel body contains a Gyro that is sensitive as you’d expect from a luxury Android smart watch that you are paying $450 for.

Inside this watch there is also a speaker, but Huawei did not enable it. We aren’t sure why it isn’t enabled, but if the company enables software support for the speaker down the road it could unlock a number of possibilities that you can  do with the watch. Rumor has it that Android Wear Software doesn’t support speakers just yet, but from the looks of this watch, Google is looking into it.

Let’s take a closer look at the Huawei Watch and what makes this smartwatch so special.

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  • This must be the best looking smartwatch, though it’s a bit too large for my wrist. When these things will get smaller, I’ll consider buying one. By then they will also improve technologically, so no there’s no rush.