Huawei Watch first look

by: Joshua VergaraMarch 2, 2015

Huawei is making a big splash at MWC 2015 with the launch of its first Android Wear-powered device, the Huawei Watch. The new Watch is the first Android Wear device to sport a display made of sapphire crystal, which is a display material that we’re only used to seeing in high-end (non-smart) watches. We got some hands-on time with the new wearable here at MWC, so let’s dive right in to our first impressions of the Huawei Watch.

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We know aesthetics are completely subjective, but it’s hard to deny that the Huawei Watch is a looker. For starters, it sports a 316L corrosion-resistant stainless steel body with a circular display. It boasts a 1.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 400×400, which makes the display a little sharper than other Android Wear devices currently on the market. To make the design even better, it also comes with a choice of interchangeable leather or metal watch straps that are sized at 18mm. Of course, design can only get a smartwatch so far.

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Performance on the watch should be no slouch either, thanks to the 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor backed by 512MB of RAM. Android Wear is a very light OS, so we couldn’t imagine this watch running slowly at all. Unfortunately, we can’t say that for sure, as our demo unit was also running demo software. We’ll need to wait for our full review to find out how it performs with Android Wear.

As for the software, we can expect to see the same Android Wear version available on all other Wear devices. However, Huawei has loaded up 40 difference watch faces to choose from, which is a welcome change from the 10-15 we usually see on Wear watches.


  • 1.4-inch AMOLED display (sapphire crystal) with a resolution of 400×400, 286ppi
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0/4.1
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sensors: Gyroscope + Accelerometer, PPG, Barometer, Vibration Motor
  • Colors: Black, Silver, Gold

What do you think of the new Huawei Watch? Will this be your next Android Wear purchase?

  • Freddy Born

    too bad we will have to wait until mid year. i hope the price wont be over 300

  • Best smartwatch to date. The first to beat moto360 in my opinion – Its rounded without “flat tyre”, has an amoled display instead lcd and it has a Snapdragon 400 SOC instead TI omap3…
    Might be good one. We just have to se the pricing.

    • Janks

      This is similar, if not second best, to the lg g watch r. Same processor, same display type, but with a bigger battery.

      • The R has a smaller display, larger case and a cheap plastic back.

      • Paul M

        sorry, but I think this is better than the LG G R.. maybe on a par with the Urbane, but I’d have to see a review with them side by side.

        • rerer

          watch r and urban is exactly the sames models…

          • Paul M

            internally yes, externally quite different

  • Marty

    I’m no longer sold on Android Wear so, even though this is a nice looking watch, it’s useless to me. I’m spoiled by smartwatches that can do phone calls and there are a few coming that I’ll be looking closely at.

  • Itamar Baum

    While.I dont care about the thickness of a phone, these watches do seem to be a but to bulky to be comfortable, mostly as a technician, I am glad to see the use of sapphire, seeing as watches to tend to get scratched but not shattered.

    • At around 10mm it makes it much thinner than that a ton of analog and digital watches folks praise for their thin design.

      • Itamar Baum

        It may be, I never do use a watch though,.hate the bulky feel.

        • What watch do you wear now? I have one of the thinnest traditional watches ever made an it’s 8mm thick, so “bulky” at 10mm sounds very odd to me.

          • Itamar Baum

            in general I don’t wear watches because they feel bulky in my opinion.

  • Looks very nice, waiting to see the Moto 360-2

  • zebulun69

    nice to see more Android wear smartwatches coming.. Android wear is getting better everyday. I’m pretty much happy with my moto360, can’t go out without wearing it.

  • Rickster

    Moto 360 still better looking IMO, wish it worked on iOS

    • Larry Bawcom

      It might soon. Google working on it, but Apple has already stopped some items coming into the App Store with the Android Wear name on it.

  • 300mAh battery? That’s less than 3/4 the size of the battery in the G Watch R… we’re actually going BACKWARDS in terms of battery life now? Because smart watch battery life doesn’t suck hard enough already…

  • Lucas Baker

    This is the round face watch I’ve been looking for. I don’t like Motorola’s black bar and I think the bezel of the G Watch R is ugly. But this watch pull of the round display perfectly

  • 5eyez

    Love this review. This is Huawei’s design story

  • liveTexas

    I bought the LG G watch at a Steep markdown (otherwise I would’ve Not bought it) being excited to try Android Wear. Of what has been announced to date the Asus Zen watch catches my interest. The Urbane (non LTE) looks nice but I’m worried they steered too far away from True Android Wear which I Definitely Don’t like. LG has Great build quality and the G paired with a black metal band actually looks pretty good but Not something would but at cost. I’d like to see Google put our a Nexus Wear device! That would be Fantastic (even if it Is built by Huawei, lol.

    • Paul M

      I agree that the Zenwatch looks pretty good, doesn’t try and pretend to be an analogue watch

  • carpal

    watchface still too big. would be great if this is available in 36mm!