Chinese tech firm Huawei has officially launched in the country its new smart watch, which it first revealed at the Mobile World Congress in March.
The fully circular Android-based watch features a 1.4-inch touch-sensitive Amoled display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, cold-forged stainless steel frame, and comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and 6-Axis motion sensors.
?This is the first smartwatch in the Huawei wearable family and is also the first watch on the market that truly bridges the gap between fashion and technology. It is our response to consumers requests who are looking for a smartwatch that combines timeless design and truly usable features,? said Charles Wu, country manager of Huawei?s consumer business group.
Made of more than 130 components, the Huawei Watch has all the traditional elements of a classic watch, including a crown, frame and hinge built from high-quality and scratch resistant cold-forged stainless steel making it 40-percent harder.
The polished 42mm stainless steel body comes in at 11.3mm thick, which makes it slim and comfortable to wear. The body of the watch is also both corrosion- and scratch-resistant.
Unlike most regular watches, the Huawei Watch places its crown at the intuitive 2 o?clock press button to offer ?the highest levels of control and comfort to the user.?
The high-density display makes images look crisp and full of life in all viewing angles. Users can also choose from more than 40 unique watch faces, including a full range of watch straps made from different materials.
The Huawei watch features a range of rose gold, stainless steel and black frames to choose from, as well as a variety of bespoke watch face designs, across a range of classic, luxury, business, feminine, modern and simple aesthetics.
The choice of straps includes stainless steel mesh, stainless steel links, rose gold, and black-plated stainless steel links, and brown and black leather.
Unlike other smart watches, the Huawei Watch works on both iOS and Android. Powered by Google?s proprietary Android Wear, it can receive SMS, email, calendar, app, and phone call notifications.
The Huawei watch is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher, and is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor. It also includes 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 support.
When paired with smartphones, the Huawei watch enables the user to stay connected wherever they are, with instant notifications on incoming calls, texts, instant messages and emails.
Bluetooth connectivity allows wireless headphone usage, and offline music download support. Music can be started via voice commands, with users able to search for destinations and navigate their way there using the same voice actions. Locating missing phones is easy with the watch?s ?find my phone? function.
The Huawei watch is also ideal for sports enthusiasts, or just those interested in tracking fitness levels. It features a heart rate monitor sensor, which can accurately measure heart rates. The sensor protrudes slightly for better skin contact and greater accuracy.
With its 6-Axis motion sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer the Huawei watch can detect and track, in real-time, if a user is walking, running, biking, hiking or sleeping. Specifically, users can monitor everything from the number of calories burned, to heart rate, climbing height, steps taken, and distance travelled.
To encourage consumers to live happier and healthier lives, Huawei said it is developing a wearable?s health and lifestyle ecosystem that will help users set goals and track their progress.
Huawei has partnered with several app developers including Jawbone, to strengthen the Huawei Health Ecosystem and create more health and fitness apps that will encourage users to live healthier lifestyles.
The Huawei Watch Classic retails for P19,990.00 while Huawei Watch Active retails for P23,990.00 Both models come with a 2-year warranty. The Huawei Watch will be available starting December 10 at Huawei Experience Store and brand shops, and online via Zalora.