Announced in March 2015, the Huawei Watch was received positively: the classic round shape in a stainless steel case with a modern AMOLED display attracted many. Huawei offered four versions of the case: gold, silver and black, as well as a premium modification with 24-karat plating. For the first time, an Android Wear watch uses sapphire crystal to protect the screen. What other advantages does the Huawei Watch have, which is so similar to an ordinary mechanical watch?

Technical specifications of Huawei Watch

  • Screen: 1.4”, AMOLED, 400×400, 286 ppi
  • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz
  • Graphics accelerator: Adreno 305
  • Operating system: Android Wear 1.3.
  • RAM: 512 MB.
  • Built-in memory: 4 GB
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE.
  • Sensors: 6-axis sensor (microgyroscope, accelerometer), heart rate sensor, barometer.
  • Battery: 300 mAh, non-removable
  • Materials: 316L stainless steel, sapphire crystal.
  • Dimensions: diameter – 42 mm, fastenings – 11.3 mm.
  • Weight: 136 grams

Packaging, accessories

The smartwatch arrived at the editorial office without packaging, but its retail package was preserved. The box contains everything you need – the Huawei Watch itself with a strap, a round charging cradle, a charger and a short user manual.

Appearance

A test version has arrived with a silver case and a stainless steel bracelet. This “duet” looks very solid, beautiful and strict, it is a little cumbersome.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classicHuawei Watch review: a stainless classic

The Huawei Watch looks like an ordinary watch with a classic shape and size, its diameter is 42 mm. Almost the entire front side of the device is occupied by a round screen, surrounded by a narrow frame – unlike many other competitors. On top and of a small size are small ears for which the bracelet is attached.

The case is made entirely of stainless steel, the screen is protected by sapphire crystal. On the right, “at two o’clock” includes a multifunction button.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classic

On the back side, contacts for charging the device using a special credit are clearly visible, and in the center is a heart rate sensor. Here you can read basic information about the device: name, materials and place of manufacture. Practicality is also mentioned, but without specifying acceptable lighting.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classic

Under the ears there are four small screws with slots in the shape of a six-pointed star – the design is thus collapsible.

Ergonomics

The clasp of the steel bracelet is simple and convenient. But it was not possible to fully appreciate this: the bracelet turned out to be not only massive, but also very long, with a significant girth to spare on the wrist. You can probably pull out the extra links, but make it visible elements – the parts fit very tightly. Therefore, a bracelet is necessary. Doing this turned out to be as easy as shelling pears: just hook the ears with your fingernail, and now you can attach another strap.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classicHuawei Watch review: a stainless classic

The watch is controlled mainly through the touch screen, but the button layout will be convenient, left and right.

If the owner receives notifications, the watch vibrates. In the same way, the smart device confirms the user’s actions. The signature swipe and wrist gestures work.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classic

The Huawei Watch has only one claim to ergonomics: a stand with a diameter of 11.3 mm, as a result of which a watch of quite normal diameter looks and feels quite massive. In terms of weight, Huawei Watch can be compared to a mechanical watch: with a bracelet, the device weighs about 130 grams (depending on the number of links). And on the hand it feels like a chronograph: the watch almost entirely contains the wrist of an adult man.

Screen

Huawei Watch has a round AMOLED display protected by sapphire glass. The screen diameter is 1.4 inches, resolution is 400 by 400 pixels, which gives a solid backlight of 286 ppi.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classic

Due to the round shape of the screen there is a slight change, although you have to look closely to see it. The viewing angles are great, but sometimes the glass is shiny, making it difficult to read information.

Thanks to the AMOLED matrix, the color rendering of the screen is at a high level, the black color is very rich. But there is a struggle with the level: of the five possible levels, the average value seems to be the most comfortable, but in daylight the screen sometimes goes blind.

Names

Huawei Watch runs Android Wear 1.3. Synchronization with the device is possible only if there is an application of the same name.

Android Wear makes it quick and easy to set up your smartwatch. With it, you can select one of the preset watch faces – there are more than forty of them. If that’s not enough, the More Watch Faces option gives you access to a variety of additional watch faces, both paid and advertised.

Even when choosing watch faces from advertisements, you can have a good time wandering around: models and design options, and classic “mechanics”. The choice in the photo is an animated solution with a Rubik’s cube and a funny “Moods of Norway” dial, which displays not only the time, but also the symbols of this northern country.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classicHuawei Watch review: a stainless classic

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classicHuawei Watch review: a stainless classic

Directly through the standard application, you can select and install programs that support work with smart watches – for example, clients of the WhatsApp messenger, the Tinder dating service, and the VKontakte social network. By default, the Google Fit client service is connected to the watch, which allows you to monitor physical activity indicators.

The main control is carried out using the touch display, but the smart watch also understands voice commands. The Android Wear application allows you to set a correspondence between standard phrases and application launches: for example, “Alarms” opens the corresponding settings, “Show heart rate” opens the Google Fit application, and heart rate measurement will begin immediately.

In the application, you can set up data synchronization with the cloud, set up a calendar, turn off unnecessary notifications, or turn them off completely on your smartphone while it is synchronized with your smartwatch. Wi-Fi synchronization Allows you to collect data between a smartphone and a phone if they do not “see” each other via Bluetooth.

If you scroll down from the top of the screen, the notification panel will appear: the device will receive either “All” or “Important” notifications. The same window shows data about the charging battery.

On the second screen, you can select Theater mode, which turns off the screen completely. You can turn it back on using the button.

Next window Allows you to temporarily increase the brightness to maximum.

On the fourth screen – “Settings”: you can set the brightness, change the watch face and font size, configure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, enable gesture controls, airplane mode and select “Always on screen”. Here you can view information about the device, set a screen lock, reset the settings to factory settings, reboot or turn off the watch.

Swiping across the screen or moving your hand gradually upwards starts scrolling through Google Now tips and your account on your smartphone. Swiping left erases the tooltip, swiping right opens up additional options, such as launching applications on your phone, deleting letters, or calling back.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classic

A long press or swipe to the right on the watch face screen brings up the app menu, smartphone contacts, and a third screen displays basic voice commands that can be pressed and activated—essentially a cheat sheet for the user.

When the screen is active, you can say “Hey Google”, use voice search, and also enable standard pulse commands, such as “Show”, “Write an email”, “Set alarm”.

In standby mode, the device consumes slightly less energy: the screen operates in black and white mode, and the dial looks like a regular mechanical or electronic watch, depending on the user’s choice. If the display is active, new notifications appear at the bottom, and the dial itself becomes more colorful.

The device shows notifications from your smartphone, as well as tips from the Google Now service, such as football match counters, weather forecasts and stock quotes.

The device in operation

The Huawei Watch is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. Memory – 512 MB of RAM and as much as 4 GB of internal memory for installing applications and watch faces. You can also download music from Google Play on the drive and listen by connecting a Bluetooth headset.

The watch works without any brakes or dependencies. Much attention is paid to tight management, all teams work quickly and accurately.

On the back of the Huawei Watch there is a heart rate sensor that correctly displays the data.

A six-axis sensor is also installed inside the watch, combining the functions of a gyroscope and an accelerometer. This sensor is based on a pedometer, the data from which is stored in the Google Fit application. The function works correctly.

During testing, no serious errors occurred; the watch did not crash into a reboot, but sometimes did not immediately exit the standby mode. If, instead of launching the mobile application, a black screen appears, to solve the problem, just press the side button.

Wireless interfaces

Huawei Watch is equipped with Wi-Fi version 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 LE. Both worked smoothly, without any complaints.

Autonomous operation

The Huawei Watch has a non-removable 300 mAh battery – at first glance, this is not the strongest point of the device, especially with a case of such thickness.

Indeed, on the first day of testing at average screen brightness (value 3/5) the watch only worked for 12 hours in standby mode. The next day, in order to find out the maximum “smart” device, the measurement value was set to one, hours, and about 36 hours of operation were given. What a surprise it was when, when returning to the average value of two steps of the day, the Huawei Watch worked without recharging for about 30 hours!

But, despite the battery’s ability to “sway”, it remains generally accepted to install the gadget in the cradle at night, so as not to endure this day with a useless decoration on your hand.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classic

The included charging chair is very convenient. Thanks to the built-in magnet, the watch immediately finds itself in the desired position on the charging contacts, tightly adjacent to the stand. It will take approximately 40-50 minutes to fully charge the watch battery.

Huawei Watch review: a stainless classicHuawei Watch review: a stainless classic

Results

Among all devices, Huawei Watch stands out for its beauty and quality of materials, excellent workmanship and strict “expensive” manufacturing. Unfortunately, the battery life in Huawei smartwatches is not very long, but the battery, on the contrary, is rather large. On the plus side, it has a high-light AMOLED display, an almost endless variety of watch faces, and all the features of the latest version of Android Wear.

Pros:

  • stainless steel case and sapphire crystal;
  • AMOLED display with 286 ppi;
  • clear gesture control;
  • easy replacement of the bracelet.

Minuses:

  • modest battery life;
  • large capacity.