Huawei Watch unboxing and initial impressions

by: Joshua VergaraSeptember 24, 2015

Plenty of Android Wear devices come through our labs, but we have been waiting for a very specific one to reach our hands (or wrists) lately. Yes, I am talking about the Huawei Watch. It has just reached my doorstep and I am ready to give you an unboxing, as well as my very first impressions on this fancy smartwatch. Shall we dig right in?

Packaging matters

Huawei is not releasing your average watch here. This device is expected to go above the casual standards of technology and offer a high-class experience that very few competitors have accomplished. You only need to take a look at the Huawei Watch’s packaging to realize this much. Not only is the outside case very pleasing, but opening up the case is a very luxurious affair.

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Opening up this box reveals the watch and its shiny sapphire crystal front right away. There’s a couple nubs on the sides, which will ease the struggles of lifting the internal leather cover, in order to get to the rest of the accessories. The fancy crystal is not the only beautiful part of the watch – this unit has a leather strap. which is also really nice, and the metal casing really makes the smart watch stand out.

What else is in the box?

Under the leather cover we can find your usual device literature, as well as the charging disc, a wall plug and a cable (which does happen to be proprietary). I have to accept this is a bit of a turn-off, as using any USB cable will not be a possibility.

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This means that once this cable goes bad, or gets lost, you will have to buy a replacement from Huawei before you can get charging again. Not to mention, it’s a bit annoying to have to remember to bring a specific charger with you whenever you will be away from home for an extended period of time. Battery life is expected to average at about 1.5 days, so you will pretty much need to charge the Huawei Watch every night.

Pairing & hardware

Once you start playing around with the watch you will notice the experience goes right in line with other Android Wear products. Pairing the device to a smartphone is as simple as powering up the gadget and entering a simple code on your phone.

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Now, what really caught my eye is the screen on this thing. This circular AMOLED panel has a stunning resolution of 400x400p. Underneath this display we can find a Snapdragon processor, 0.5 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage.


Let’s jump right into the comfort factor, though. After all, you will be wearing this thing at all times, making this an important matter to consider. I will tell you the device does come with a bit of heft to it. Sure, it’s not really heavy or weigh you down in any form, but you will certainly feel it. Otherwise, the band is soft and the watch wraps well around the wrist.

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Once you move into the software you will notice the experience is very similar to that of other Android Wear watches. The only major change is that Huawei has included a plethora of watch faces… they are actually over 40!

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Wrapping up

Just keep in mind this happens to be one of the lower-end Huawei Watch versions. There will be a bevy of variants, made of different materials. This will include other finishes, and even precious ones like gold. Keep it tuned to Android Authority to learn more about the Huawei Watch. By the way, we just got done unboxing the Moto 360 2nd-gen, so you will definitely see a comparison between these two, as well as both reviews.

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  • Pat Sanz

    wow! looks like a nice watch, very executive indeed. I am waiting for the gear s2, but this baby sure is pretty. How would this and the s2 compare on battery life? I just got the edge+ so I am more interested in continuing with Samsung.

    • Diskus1

      I can’t see why people want any watch not using Android Wear for their Android phones…

      • Pat Sanz

        Tizen has almost everything android wear offers… and being a Samsung I think that it will pair perfectly with my Samsung phone. I am new to Android, so if you have a different opinion on both systems I will appreciate it. Thanks

        • Hijak

          Tizen is actually an excellent wearable OS. I have found my Gear 1 for battery life lasts 4 days on a charge, charges in about 1hr and it does everything I need. Now that it is a bit dated, I’d love to get something new, but as long as my gear 1 is continuing to work I’m going to pass. These new round face ones are very slick looking though. As for Android wear, I’ve never played around with it so I’m not sure how well it works.

          • Pat Sanz

            Nice, yeah I am waiting to get my hands on that S2… love the rotating bezel to select apps and move..!

      • Paul M

        Pebble – because the eInk display doesn’t kill your battery.

  • Looks like this one will be a serious competitor for Motorola this year.

  • MobileRoamer

    Wow that’s just looks like a stopwatch on your wrist. From the top of looks nice, but once you get a look at how thick it is, no thanks. Same goes with the motto 360 and it’s hideous flat tire. Samsung hit it out of the park this year in their designs for phones and wearable. The Gear S2 is hands down the best looking smartwatch. Both versions. And the UI with the rotating bezel just kills Android Wear and is constant swiping.

    • Dante

      I agree – The Rotating bezel is the greatest addition to a smartwatch – But i dont agree on the design itself – The phones themselves look nice – But they killed many features and are slippery as soap – and the gear s2 sport version is boring – they couldve done so much with the classic verzion but instead chose a bottlecap like bezels which kinda ruins the look – IIt just happens that i have both of these in my auditorium and i ca. Really see which one looks better – And if you would add to tour statement that samsung has a great Ui – I would totally say that you are a Fanboy

    • sluflyer06

      Are the samsung watches still tied to specific Samsung phones or are they completely universal to any phone?

    • Paul M

      I agree it looks great until you see how thick it is. I can only assume it’s so that Huawei were able to fit a bigger battery to try and make it last longer.
      I’m hoping the review will say whether it has GPS, ambient light sensor, NFC for Android pay etc.

  • s2weden2000

    the Huawatch …

  • Marty

    And each one comes with blood on it. Same for the Nexus 6P.

  • tiger

    Is it me or does every watch face can have writing ON TOP of something else? And that the words are cut off?