Huawei Watch lands as round Moto 360 rival

There’s yet another new entrant in the smartwatch race and this one’s easy on the eye as Chinese manufacturer Huawei debuts the aptly named Huawei Watch at MWC 2015.

Powered by Android Wear, the round Huawei Watch will hit the market in the coming weeks as a direct challenger to the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R.

Although best know for its wallet-friendly smartphones, Huawei has taken a high-end approach to the smartwatch space, with the Huawei Watch shaping up as something as a beaut.

“Many smartwatches look like gadgets, not like watches,” Huawei head Richard Yu stated. He added: “We are using classical watch elements like a round design and a crown.”

Huawei Watch Features
Like most Android Wear offerings doing the rounds, the Huawei Watch features list is markedly similar to those of its rivals.

As well as bringing call and message notifications direct to your wrist, the wearable features the usual array of accelerometers and gyroscopes to accurately track all your daily activities. As well as keeping tabs on your step count and distances covered, the device can monitor calorie burn, cycle routes and even sleep cycles.

Further aiding your health tracking, the Google Fit compatible device boasts an integrated heart rate sensor on its rear.

With an inbuilt mic allowing for Google Now aided voice commands the Watch will let you search the web and set notifications using nothing more than a few vocal prompts.

Where the Huawei Watch differentiates from some Android Wear devices – we’re looking at the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear 2 here – is in its design.

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Arguably the best looking Android Wear timepiece to date, the Huawei Watch looks like a traditional premium watch. The device features a sleek, metal frame around a round 1.4-inch AMOLED display. This screen features a 400 x 400 pixel resolution and a 286 pixels-per-inch image density, the highest on any Android Wear offering.

What’s more, adding to the premium appear, this touchscreen panel sits behind a near scratch proof sapphire crystal glass coating.

Ensuring their is a style to suit your needs, the Huawei Watch will be available in three body colours, silver, black and gold.

On top of this, the 42mm stainless steel bodied Huawei Watch will be adorned with a number of strap options. From silver and black metal mesh straps to stainless steel bands and leather band straps, the watch can support all manner of extras.

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Huawei Watch Release Date and Price
If, like us, you’re impressed with how the Huawei Watch looks, you might be disappointed to know it’s not coming just yet.

Huawei has confirmed the Watch will hit retailers ‘later this year’. No pricing details are currently available.