Huawei Watch

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With a bright, sharp display and smooth performance, the Huawei Watch is an elegant, albeit pricey, smartwatch.

- Cherlynn Low , Tom's Guide 

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Specification

Brand Huawei
Warranty 1 months
Release date 21-September-2015

Reviews summary

7.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 23 reviews

What's good  

  • Elegant, understate design
  • Sharp and vibrant display with excellent contrast
  • Durable sapphire glass coating and stainless steel body

What's bad  

  • Expensive
  • Looks bulky on slimmer wrists
  • No light sensor
  • No wireless charging

Huawei might produce affordable smartphones, but when it comes to smartwatches they have gone the other direction for their first one – the Huawei Watch. Sporting a stainless steel body and round watch face, experts consider it to be the most attractive smartwatch on the market. The metal body gives it a bit of heft, weighing in at 61 grams with the lightest leather strap option. If upgraded to the stainless steel link straps, the weight more than doubles to 131 grams. While the weight did not bother critics, it was the 0.4 inch thickness that made it a bit unwieldy for those with slender wrists. The Verge states, "…it looks nothing so much as a stack of silver dollars strapped to my wrist." Others agree and note the side lugs make the watch sit higher on their wrists, giving it a thicker and bulkier appearance.

While Huawei likely took cues from the Moto 360 in terms of its round design, the similarity ends there. Unlike its competitor, the Huawei does not have the "flat tire" at the bottom of the screen. Instead, it sports a fully round 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display. Huawei is able to accomplish a completely round screen with the inclusion of thin bezel and exclusion of ambient light sensor technology. For some reviewers this wasn't an issue, but others were annoyed they needed to manually set the brightness levels. Besides this, experts were generally impressed with the overall vibrancy and sharpness of the display. The use of AMOLED instead of LCD made it very easy for them to view both indoors and out and provided excellent contrast. In another departure from standard Android Wear watches, the Huawei Watch display is always on so they did not have to worry about waking it up and waiting a few seconds before checking the time. A coating of sapphire-glass protects the screen and it stood up to the everyday bumps and scrapes critics subjected it to.

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Besides the design, the rest of the Huawei Watch is similar to other Android Wear watches. It comes equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage for music and apps. Performance-wise, experts had no issues with lag when navigating through the home screen or even when launching apps. Unlike more sports-focused smartwatches, the Huawei watch does not come with GPS though it can track steps and even calories burned. It also comes with a 300mAh battery. Surprisingly, experts were able to get around a day and a half of battery life, which is more than its competitors. Their only gripe was the lack of Qi wireless charging. Instead, they needed to use the provided charging cradle and align the magnetic pins on the cradle to the sockets on the watch. As well, they mention the charging indicator itself isn't especially clear and they have often thought the watch was charging when it wasn't and woke up to a dead watch the next day.

While reviewers were wowed by the look of the Huawei Watch it's a hard recommendation for them based on the price, lack of GPS and standard spec sheet. Wareable states, "…while the Huawei Watch is still a great looking Android Wear option with a cracking display, it's no game changer." Android Central adds, "I would recommend the Huawei Watch to anyone who wants the nicest smartwatch that looks like a watch, but this is clearly not for everyone. This is all about form over function, as long as it fits your wrist."

Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


Coolsmartphone

A classy watch with brains and a seriously crisp screen

from Coolsmartphone

I loved the sheer quality and class of this watch. It’s the closest I’ve seen to a watch actually being a watch first and a smartwatch second. The screen and the experience was properly fantastic and it’s a premium looking device. You can buy the watch for £289 for the leather band in silver, £329 for the watch in blank with the leather band and £369 for the link band version. It’s pretty pricey. Yes, it’s a beautiful and polished product, but there’s other Android Wear watches that’ll do the same functions as this.

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GSMArena

Smart and pretty

from GSMArena
The bottom line is that if you're familiar with what to expect from a smartwatch today, the Huawei Watch is a great one. It looks marvelous, has a nice display with fancy watch faces, and won't call it quits in the middle of the day no matter how popular you are. But for all its objective strengths, the Huawei Watch speaks most convincingly to the fashion-conscious buyer with money to spare... Full review
Notebookcheck

Great design, high-quality material selection

from Notebookcheck

The Huawei Watch hardly differs from other current smartwatches like LG's Watch Urbane or Asus' ZenWatch 2 technically. Huawei has developed an efficient product with a somewhat longer runtime than, for example, the Urbane despite a comparatively small battery. However, the Huawei Watch not only wants to be a simple smartwatch. It wants to be seen as a piece of lifestyle - and the Chinese manufacturer has also accomplished this goal.

The watch features a plain yet attractive design and is composed of very high-quality materials. No other rival based on Android Wear offers such hi... Full review

Android Authority

Damn near perfect, it’s worth every penny

from Android Authority
If you’re in the market for a smartwatch and want something very premium, the Huawei Watch might be it. The sapphire display sets it ahead of the Moto 360 in terms of premium construction, but the Moto 360 is better in its own ways (including a lower price). If you choose the Huawei Watch, but you won’t be disappointed... Full review
Tech Advisor

Gorgeous Android Wear smartwatch but comes at a price

from Tech Advisor
At a lower price, the Huawei Watch would be the best Android Wear smartwatch on the market but it's a little too much for our liking. Although it's absolutely stunning and the build quality is exquisite, the watch lacks GPS, the heart rate monitor doesn't work very well and the charger is fiddly... Full review
The Inquirer

A sharp, suave smartwatch

from The Inquirer
The operating system has a way to go, but at least the Huawei Watch has made a strong debut. What it lacks in single outstanding aspects it makes up for with solid, reliable all-round features, wrapped up in an uncomplicated but mature design. Stylish smartwatches may be in vogue, but here's hoping that such quality is here to stay... Full review
The Guardian

The best Android Wear smartwatch

from The Guardian
The Huawei Watch is the best Android Wear smartwatch yet and one of the best cross-platform smartwatches. It easily passes as a traditional watch while providing access to information and notifications on your wrist.It isn’t a standout “look at me” piece of technology, which is good if you’re more interested in function and classic design than showing off, and is comfortable to wear. The higher resolution sapphire screen is the best available at the moment and the battery lasted two days in my testing with the screen on all the time... Full review
Expert Reviews

Top class design but comes at a price

from Expert Reviews
Android Wear isn't perfect then, but if you want a smartwatch and use an Android handset then it's still the logical choice. The Huawei Watch certainly has the looks and the battery life to give it an edge over its Wear-based rivals. However, with prices starting at £289, the Huawei Watch is at least £60 more than the 2nd Gen Moto 360. This might be worth it if you're after a day's more battery life, but those looking to save some money are better off choosing the 2nd Gen Moto 360.  .. Full review
Brighthand

Looks great and has a superb display

from Brighthand

The Huawei Watch looks great. As far as fashionable timepieces go, it’s top notch and wouldn’t look out of place paired with an expensive three-piece suit. The display is also superb, and the battery life good enough. This smartwatch performs as well as any other on the market, though that’s a bit backhanded as Android Wear smartwatches are still buggy.

It’s confounding then that Huawei omitted an ambient light sensor and GPS, especially give the Huawei Watch’s premium price. It’s also confounding that Android Wear is still very limited mo... Full review

TechRadar

One of the best smartwatches in the market

from TechRadar
The Huawei Watch is not perfect, but it is a looker and edges closer to earning the "smartwatch I'd actually wear" title... Full review

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