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HUAWEI Watch up for pre-order: pricey, coming soon, potentially with iOS support
Huawei is gearing up to re-launch its long-delayed Watch (or the “Huatch,” as anxious fans have come to call it). First announced at MWC in March, the HUAWEI Watch will probably – hopefully – become available on September 2, per a pre-order page that popped up on Amazon and a tweet from an official HUAWEI account.
Four versions of the device are listed on Amazon, from a basic stainless steel version that costs $349, to a gold plated model going for a pricey $799. The device is sold and shipped by Amazon, so it’s unlikely that the price is artificially inflated, as it sometimes happens with resellers.
- HUAWEI Watch Stainless Steel with Black Suture Leather Strap (U.S. Warranty) for $349.99
- HUAWEI Watch Black Stainless Steel with Black Stainless Steel Link Band (U.S. Warranty) for $449.99
- HUAWEI Watch Gold Plated Stainless Steel with Brown Suture Leather Strap (U.S. Warranty) for $699.99
- HUAWEI Watch Gold Plated Stainless Steel with Gold Plated Stainless Steel Link Band (U.S. Warranty) for $799.99
The high-price of the HUAWEI Watch is quite surprising – it looks like the Chinese giant is happy to match Apple on pricing, whereas other Android manufacturers have kept prices much lower. With consumer sentiment in the wearables field steadily eroding, it’s definitely a bold move by HUAWEI, but we don’t see that high price tag lasting for too long.
According to the listing, the HUAWEI Watch will become available on September 2. Supporting this release date for the device is a teaser that HUAWEI put up today on Twitter, apparently by mistake, as the tweet was deleted soon after.
The Amazon listing claims the HUAWEI Watch will support “most devices with an iOS 8.2 or Android 4.3 or later operating system.” This could be a typo or a mistake, but there’s a good chance that Google is indeed going to finally make Android Wear compatible with iOS. If that’s the case, we should hear an official announcement on a major update coming to Android Wear very soon.
Do you know any iPhone users that would love to sport an Android Wear watch?