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Huawei Watch vs. Moto 360 (2nd gen)

Huawei Watch vs. Moto 360 (2nd...
Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Huawei Watch (left) and 2nd-gen Moto 360
Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Huawei Watch (left) and 2nd-gen Moto 360
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Always-on display
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Android phone compatibility
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Band materials
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Battery
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Build (casing)
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Color options
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Processor
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Dimensions
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Display material
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Fully round display
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Fully round display
Heart rate monitor
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Heart rate monitor
Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Huawei Watch (left) and 2nd-gen Moto 360
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Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Huawei Watch (left) and 2nd-gen Moto 360
iPhone compatibility
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iPhone compatibility
Starting price (full retail)
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Starting price (full retail)
Quick-release band
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Quick-release band
RAM
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RAM
Release date
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Release date
Software
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Wireless charging

We just might be looking at the two best-looking smartwatches to date. Let's size up the upcoming Huawei Watch and 2nd-gen Moto 360.

Size

Dimensions
Dimensions

This year Motorola is selling the Moto 360 in two different sizes. The larger model has the same-sized face as last year's Moto 360, while the smaller one has the same diameter as the Huawei Watch.

Neither of these smartwatches are particularly thin. For a frame of reference, the new Moto 360 is just 0.1 mm thinner than last year's model, while the Huawei Watch measures only a hair thinner than that.

Build (main body)

Build (casing)
Build (casing)

Both watches have stainless steel casings.

Band material

Band materials
Band materials

Both also ship with either leather or stainless steel bands. Huawei and Motorola also each give you several different styles of steel bands to choose from.

Quick release band

Quick-release band
Quick-release band

All of the Android Wear watches that were available before this week required you to mess with a pin to swap bands (likely requiring tools or maybe even a trip to the jeweler). But both the Huawei Watch and Moto 360 add a little extra convenience (and perhaps a little inspiration from the Apple Watch) with quick-release bands.

Colors

Color options
Color options

You can pick from several color options for each watch. And if you order the Moto 360 from the company's Moto Maker website, you can even pick different colors for the watch's bezel and casing.

Android compatibility

Android phone compatibility
Android phone compatibility

Any Android phone running version 4.3 or higher should do the trick with either watch.

iPhone compatibility

iPhone compatibility
iPhone compatibility

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Google added iPhone support to Android Wear watches.

Display size

Display size
Display size

The 46 mm Moto 360 has the biggest screen in this bunch, with the other two coming in at (roughly) 77 or 83 percent as big, respectively.

Fully round display

Fully round display
Fully round display

Motorola still hasn't "fixed" the "flat tire" on the Moto 360's screen. Does that mean this was an intentional design choice, and not an engineering compromise, in last year's model?

Huawei joins LG in having an Android Wear watch with a fully round screen.

Display resolution

Display resolution
Display resolution

Based on pixel density, the Huawei Watch is 9 percent sharper than the smaller Moto 360 and 23 percent sharper than the larger Moto.

Always-on display

Always-on display
Always-on display

Both watches give you the option of leaving a clock face showing at all times, something the first Moto 360 didn't do.

Display type

Display type
Display type

AMOLED displays make a lot of sense on smartwatches that use always-on displays, as no pixels need to fire for the black parts of the screen (which many watch faces and wearable UIs lean heavily on) – perhaps resulting in better battery life. It's a little surprising, then, that Motorola has opted for an IPS panel for the second year in a row.

Display material

Display material
Display material

The Moto 360's Gorilla Glass 3 is nothing to sneeze at, but it won't match the world's third hardest mineral, sapphire.

Battery

Battery
Battery

Huawei is advertising a day and a half battery life for its Watch, while Motorola is estimating up to 2 days (46 mm) or up to 1.5 days (42 mm), for the two different sizes of the 360.

Motorola's estimates are with its always-on display (ambient) setting turned off. With the setting on, those estimates drop to "up to 1 day." That could be that IPS LCD rearing its head.

Huawei didn't specify whether its estimates used the always-on display setting.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging
Wireless charging

The Huawei Watch uses a magnetic charging cradle, while the Moto 360 has built-in wireless charging (and includes a wireless charging dock).

Processor

Processor
Processor

Both watches run the Snapdragon 400, which has been in nearly every Android Wear watch so far.

RAM

RAM
RAM

Overall performance won't likely lean one way or the other, as RAM is also even.

Storage

Storage
Storage

Every Android Wear watch to date has had 4 GB internal storage.

Water resistance

Water resistance
Water resistance

Both the Huawei Watch and 2nd-gen Moto 360 are rated IP67, meaning they can soak in 1 m (3.3 ft) of water for 30 minutes and live to tell the tale (just don't try that with a leather band).

Heart rate monitor

Heart rate monitor
Heart rate monitor

Either way you get a built-in heart rate sensor; that's par for the course with most flagship smartwatches.

Software

Software
Software

Both watches should launch with the new Android Wear 1.3 update, which adds the option of clock faces with widgets/app-shortcuts.

Release

Release date
Release date

Both smartwatches are up for pre-order now, and are scheduled to start shipping later this month.

Starting price

Starting price (full retail)
Starting price (full retail)

The 42 mm Moto 360, as long as you stick with a leather band and standard color options, will ring up for the cheapest.

The Huawei Watch starts at US$350, but depending on the band and color you choose, it can shoot up as high as $800. The larger Moto 360 maxes out (at least for the time being) at $430.

For more, you can check out full reviews of the Huawei Watch and new Moto 360.

3 comments
Tanstar
Both are good looking, especially the Huawei, but the LG Urbane looks better than either.
DylanHager
Everything was good accept for the bit about the flat tire. It's not a design choice, it's there because the 360 has an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the screen brightness in sunlight. Something that all other circular smartwatches don't have as far as I know of.
steveocho
@DylanHager I'd rather have a full circle than a sensor that automatically adjusts brightness. That feature doesn't seem very useful.