Huawei will launch a new smartwatch when it can ramp up the battery life

Chinese tech giant will wait until it can make something great
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Huawei is not giving up on smartwatches - and could be launching a new device in the form of the Huawei Watch GT within weeks.

Speaking in an interview session at the IFA tech trade show in Berlin, Huawei CEO Richard Yu responded to a question about whether the company was still interested in smartwatches saying, "Yes, but it needs more innovation, and we are working on that.”

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Yu added, “We want to make bigger improvements and make the experience much better than today. That’s my target. We want to make the smartwatch more useful, more intimate, more functional, and with much longer battery life.”

That battery life problem is something that all smartwatch makers are trying to solve with most Wear watches currently promising a maximum of two days battery. Yu said that he hoped to have a smartwatch that is able to run for a week. Simply sticking in a bigger battery is not a solution here as it would significantly impact on the size of the smartwatch.

So it's down to the development of the tech and software needed to run smartwatches sapping less power to boost that performance. Google has been busy making improvements to its smartwatch platform in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Qualcomm, who provides the chip tech for all Wear watches is preparing to launch its next generation smartwatch chip on 10 September. It's hoped the new setup will improve a number of things including smartwatch battery life.

While it's disappointing that Huawei is unlikely to launch a new smartwatch in the near future, it's good to hear it isn't simply just going to throw out something that doesn't really build on its previous watches. Hopefully it won't keep us waiting too long.

Source: Digital Trends

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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