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Huawei's round-faced Android Wear watch has looks that rival the Moto 360's (updated)

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The Huawei Watch looks like one of the best-looking Android Wear watches to date
The Huawei Watch looks like one of the best-looking Android Wear watches to date
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Different styles of the Huawei Watch
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Different styles of the Huawei Watch
The Huawei Watch looks like one of the best-looking Android Wear watches to date
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The Huawei Watch looks like one of the best-looking Android Wear watches to date
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Heart rate monitoring on the Huawei Watch
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Heart rate monitoring on the Huawei Watch
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The Huawei Watch has a fully round screen
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The Huawei Watch has a fully round screen

Of the early Android Wear smartwatches, the round ones (Moto 360, LG G Watch R and soon the LG Watch Urbane) have been the most eye-catching. You can now add Huawei to that list, as it's teasing its new Huawei Watch (you know, like an Apple Watch ... only from Huawei) ahead of its Mobile World Congress reveal.

When you're talking about Android Wear watches, functionality is going to be pretty much the same, as Google doesn't let OEMs skin the OS with their own custom UIs. That leaves looks and battery life as the big points of differentiation. We can't yet speak to the latter, but as for the former, this puppy is quite the looker. Its round unibody design is reminiscent of the Moto 360, only this one has a fully round screen (the 360 has a sliver cut out from the bottom). Its side button also sits at the 2:00 position, unlike the 3:00 button on other smartwatches.

The Huawei Watch has a fully round screen
The Huawei Watch has a fully round screen

The Huawei Watch is also about 9 percent narrower than the 360, which the company says is the ideal size to split the difference between men's and women's wrists. Huawei will be offering a variety of bands, in different styles aimed at both genders.

The watch has a sapphire-covered 1.4-in screen, with 400 x 400 resolution. Its 286 pixels per inch, combined with that fully round display, should make it among the sharpest-looking watch screens around (by comparison, the Moto 360 only has a 205 PPI screen, though it is a bit larger at 1.56 inches). The Watch also has a heart rate sensor, standard on nearly all Android Wear watches, and some Huawei health software.

Other specs are industry standard among Android Wear watches: Snapdragon 400 processor, with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB storage.

Heart rate monitoring on the Huawei Watch
Heart rate monitoring on the Huawei Watch

Pricing and exact release info are in the air, but you can expect to get your hands on it later this year.

Source: Huawei

1 comment
Daishi
Its 286 PPI but it lasts about 1/14th as long as the Pebble color before it needs to be charged.