Mysterious Huawei smartwatch breaks cover

Unnamed smartwatch may bring screen innovation
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There could be an exciting revamp of the Huawei smartwatch range on the way, thanks to a new leak.

Huawei Central has reported on a new device spotted in app code, which breaks with the naming conventions of previous Huawei smartwatches.

Eagle-eyed spotters noticed the Huawei Health app showing an un-named smartwatch using the code AOD-H1.

We’re likely due to an update to the Huawei Watch GT3 and the Watch 3, but it seems unlikely this is it. According to Huawei Central, the company has used the moniker B19 for its smartwatches. 

So could this be a new range altogether?

In short, we don’t know. But “AOD” is a well-established acronym for ‘always on display’ – so it seems this project could refer to that feature.

Huawei smartwatches already feature the option to optionally turn on an always-on display, so could this watch take the idea even further? 

Always-on displays are a slight misnomer, given they usually revert to a low-power state – with the time displayed to save battery. 

We’ve seen Huawei experimenting heavily with smartwatches in the last six months, and the company seems intent on challenging accepted norms about the medium.

The Huawei Watch Buds, which have launched in China, use a flip-up display to house a pair of active noise-canceling earbuds.

And the Huawei Watch GT Cyber screen can be removed from its housing, so you can completely change up the case design if you wish.

So we’d love to see Huawei challenge the idea of display tech, perhaps introduce a new kind of low-power display that blows transflective or even E-Ink technology out of the water.

We’ll have to file this one under fun speculation for now – but ultimately, there’s little concrete here to get excited about.

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