News by Josh Dasey on Thursday November 19, 2015.
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We like the Huawei Watch, the company's first smartwatch, mainly because of its slick looks (in terms of features, it is basically the same as other Android Wear products). The Huawei Watch is good-looking in all guises, but it is the Rose Gold variant that catches the most attention, which sports a 22k gold timepiece and a choice of straps, including high end leather.Now that version of the wearable is making its debut in the United States, and we guess it is rather obvious that the Rose Gold Huawei Watch costs more than the normal version. The smartwatch starts at $349, but the Rose Gold variant with the leather strap will cost a whopping $699. Huawei also says there will be A Huawei Watch Rose Gold Plated Stainless Steel with Rose Gold Plated Stainless Steel Link Band that will be available soon and will cost an eye-watering $799. We think this is an excellent looking smartwatch, but we still can?t justify forking out that much for a wearable, especially as there are myriad normal timepieces that are much better looking. Granted, they lack any smartwatch functionality, but is this kind of device really ready to be costing this much? It is a debate we seem to be losing as manufacturers are making smartwatches more expensive obviously because they feel it is a market there, or at least one to play high margins with. It is worth remembering that the very similar Apple Watch Edition (the Huawei is better looking in our opinion) cost $10,000, so the Huawei Watch is a huge bargain then we suppose.
The watch oozes a premium look thanks to a sapphire screen, "cold-forged" scratch resistant stainless steel, and a number of luxury straps. Unlike the Apple Watch, Huawei's product looks good in any of its guises, be that gold, silver, or black. At 42mm, this is a small smartwatch, but it comes with the now familiar set of Android Wear specs. That means the Huawei Watch gets a 1.4-inch AMOLED 400 x 400 screen, a 6-axis motion sensor, and a Snapdragon 400 processor. It really seems as though the smartwatch fight will be won with aesthetics more than it will raw hardware. That said, the Huawei Watch performs admirably and is utterly gorgeous; it will be launching in 20 countries during the middle of the year, the price is as yet unknown.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.