Huawei Watch: Everything you need to know about the stylish smartwatch

IFA 2015: Price, release date and spec details for Huawei's Android Wear smartwatch
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The Huawei Watch may not be the most eye-catching name in the Android Wear world but the build and design of the high end smartwatch may impress a few doubters.

The latest Android Wear contender is a round-faced watch that will go head to head with the likes of the Samsung Gear S2.

Hands on: Huawei Watch review

Read on for all the important Huawei Watch details with price and global release date information now confirmed at IFA 2015.

Huawei Watch: Design & build

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At 42mm in diameter, the Watch comes in a bit smaller than its rivals and Huawei claim its the "most compact" circular smartwatch yet.

The Huawei Watch is definitely stylish and, with a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 11.3mm, it's certainly more compact than the Moto 360. The bezels are just 0.6mm thick too.

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Check out our preview video below to see the Huawei Watch and the Moto 360 side-by-side.

The Huawei Watch packs scratch-resistant sapphire glass, like the forthcoming Apple Watch, and a cold-forged, stainless steel unibody design. It comes in gold, silver or black and there are both fine-grain leather and stainless steel strap options.

In total, Huawei states there are 40 design combination to choose from as well as 40 pre-loaded watch faces to customise the wearable.

Huawei Watch: Display dimensions

The AMOLED display is a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 one with a ppi count of 286. That's the highest we've seen yet on an Android Wear device and it's made all the more impressive thanks to a 10,000:1 contrast ratio.

The IP67 water resistant Huawei Watch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM and, like all Android Wear smartwatches, has 4GB of on board storage. Battery life is 1.5 days, according to Huawei, and charging time is 75 minutes.

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Heart rate monitoring is a feature and, thanks to Huawei's new partnership with Jawbone, the UP platform will be compatible for Huawei's smartwatch. Obviously, this being an Android Wear watch, Google Fit is pre-loaded on the device too.

In terms of sensors, it's packing both a gyroscope and accelerometer, as well as a barometer. Huawei also claims the Watch will know whether you are walking, running or climbing.

Huawei Watch: Price and release date

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Huawei announced at IFA that the Watch will go on sale on 2 September in Western Europe, starting at €399. The top end price is €699 though we're not sure which model this refers to, probably the gold-plated watch with gold-plated stainless steel strap.

Pre-orders open 2 September in the US and the Huawei Watch will come to the UK and Japan a little later in October.

Stay tuned to Wareable for the updates and also a full Huawei Watch review as soon as we've properly tested one.


Paul Lamkin

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Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.


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