Unveiled globally almost a year ago, the Huawei Watch has finally made it to India. The Watch is the Chinese manufacturer’s first offering in the smartwatch segment.At Rs 22,999, the Huawei Watch has been priced competitively for the Indian smartwatch market, and is sure to face tough competition from existing contenders such as Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, and Motorola Moto 360 (second gen).
We reviewed the Huawei Watch to see whether it can carve out a spot for itself in the aggressive smartwatch segment. Read on to find out the details.
Design & display
At the time of its global launch, the Huawei Watch came with a lot options in terms of design. However, with this Indian launch, the choice has been reduced to just one – the classic black leather strap paired with a silver stainless steel dial.
Unlike the Moto 360 (second gen), the Huawei Watch comes in only one size – 42mm – which makes it a little big for women’s wrists. It is as thick as the Samsung Gear S2 and the Moto 360, and definitely feels a bit heavier when worn.
The Huawei Watch features a round dial with a fully circular display. Also, this means that the screen’s design isn’t annoying like the flat-tyre appearance of the Moto 360’s display.
The Huawei Watch is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor along with 4 GB of in-built and 512 MB of RAM. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connectivity. Android devices need to be running version 4.3 or above and iOS devices version 8.2 and above of their respective OS’ to work properly with the Huawei Watch. It also has an IP67 certification for resistance against dust and water.
Since the Watch runs on Google’s Android Wear, it looks like the other Android smartwatches in terms of the user interface. It is pretty simple to use and gives instant access to apps, contacts and Google Now with swipe actions.
When it comes to functionality, the Huawei watch does pretty much what all smartwatches do — bring all your notifications to the watch screen after you pair it with your smartphone. You can swipe through the notifications to act upon them.
In our experience, the Huawei Watch offered an extremely smooth performance with no hiccups. Voice command recognition was good, and battery backup was respectable as well. Just like the Moto 360 (second-gen), Huawei Watch packs a 300mAh battery that lasted over 24 hours, despite the ‘Always-on’ display activated. This is pretty impressive, as the biggest complaint that people have with smartwatches is poor battery backup.
At Rs 22,999, we certainly have no major complaints from the Huawei Watch. It offers a beautiful display, impressive battery backup and lots of customization options.
It’s pretty impressive how Huawei’s first smartwatch manages to check most of the right boxes, given that it took big players like Motorola and Samsung more than one attempt to get it right.
All in all, if you already have a smartwatch, then there’s no point going for Huawei’s offering, as it doesn’t have anything spectacularly different. However, if you are planning to buy your first smartwatch, the Huawei Watch is strongly recommended.