- Display: 1.4-inch AMOLED
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, WiFi
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Water Resistant: No
- Touch Screen: Yes
- Premium feel
- Supports iOS
- Not very suitable as a fitness tracker
Brains And Brawns
With so many brands and manufacturers churning out smart wearables, it’s not hard to see why they are starting to gain popularity. Technology is growing faster than ever, where it started with smartphones and tablets, now even your watch is getting smarter. Smart wearables could be the future and manufacturers are picking up on that, and this time round we have the chance to try out the Huawei Watch.
Getting straight into the details, the Huawei Watch is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM and has 4GB of ROM. It runs Android Wear by Google, which gives you the ability to download supported applications from the Google Play Store, and features Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant also developed by Google. For the display, the Huawei Watch sports a 1.4-inch AMOLED screen protected by scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal glass.
The watch itself is made from Cold-Forged 316L Stainless Steel giving the watch its rugged and durable feel. Our Huawei Watch came with a stainless steel strap but you can buy fine leather straps to replace it, if you prefer leather over metal. The high-definition 1.4-inch AMOLED display, is crisp, clear and colourful, leaving us satisfied. Compared to other smart watches, the Huawei Watch features an always-on screen but despite that battery life is still reasonably good.
The Huawei Watch also functions as a fitness tracker, able to track your steps and heart rate using its accelerometer and gyroscope combo, and a PPG heart rate sensor. The sensors are accurate and should satisfy a gym junkie, but the issue we thought the Huawei Watch had was its weight. Not counting the stainless steel chain, the watch has some nice weight to it, and although it gives the impression that the watch is durable, it also doesn’t feel suitable to be a fitness tracker. We love the weight, it gives us the confidence that the Huawei Watch is rugged, but the weight could be an issue when you’re out for a run.
Another great thing about the Huawei Watch is that it supports iOS, so now you have another option to go for if you don’t want an Apple Watch. One of our favourite features of the smart watch was the Android Wear, connecting it to our smartphone gave us remote control of our device. Shuffling through playlists, receiving notifications, and using alarms are just a few things that make the Huawei Watch great.
CHIP CONCLUDE: With a classy demeanour that would satisfy the modern gentleman, the Huawei Watch blends technology with style and strikes a good balance between the two, and because of that the Huawei Watch would be a waste if treated only as a piece of fashion.
(previously published in issue March 2016)