Huawei's Android Wear Watch Is Handsome, But Still Too Bulky

Huawei's Android Wear Watch Is Handsome, But Still Too Bulky

Huawei is launching not one but three wearables this year at Mobile World Congress, and the new Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch is the most interesting of the trio. The Huawei Watch is nice but also, well, just another Android Wear watch, and to me it's as bulky as almost every other smartwatch out there — with a couple interesting ideas scattered along the way.

Much like the G Watch R, the screen takes up the whole watch face, so you don't have to deal with that ugly black band on the Moto 360. The front is made of crystal sapphire, the first Android Wear watch to use the ultra scratch proof material, and the 1,4-inch AMOLED panel has a very decent 286 pixels per inch. Holding it in my hand, though, I honestly couldn't tell the difference between this and LG's new Watch Urbane. Huawei also includes the typical heart rate monitor in the back, so yes, you can still record your daily bpms.

Huawei's Android Wear Watch Is Handsome, But Still Too Bulky

You've got three flavours to choose from — black, silver and gold — and all of them are compatible with standard 18mm straps. The amount of colours and straps available makes for a lot of possible combinations, and the Huawei Watch comes with a couple of really great-looking straps, especially when paired with the silver model.

The thing is, after trying it on and playing with the device for a while, it doesn't offer anything substantially new. To me, it's as thick and bulky as the LG Watch Urbane. So except a couple of details here and there, like that sapphire glass front, the rest is essentially the same watch you've seen before, just with a different logo.

Huawei's Android Wear Watch Is Handsome, But Still Too Bulky

Android Wear still has its issues and doesn't exactly have a ton of apps to offer (but it's getting better!). The only software addition Huawei offers up is a fitness app created to keep record of your steps, distance, and heart rate.

Still no word about the final price and availability, and the price might be what really makes this thing interesting. but Huawei says to expect its new timepiece in stores around June.



    Australia went metric last century. How about instead of saying "1.4inch panel" say "36mm panel", and instead of "286 pixels per inch" say "11 pixels per mm".

    I don't like bulky smart watches either but my feeling is that once they get the design/usability right they can concentrate on size.

      Probably because screen size and ppi are two things that are still generally described (and understood) in metric measurements, just like your pants.

        While this is true, watch related stuff is always done in mm, from the lug size to the face size.

    This watch doesn't look any bulkier than a standard automatic to me, why does a watch need to be paper thin?

      I don't get why they're demanding this either. My day job is repairing watches and the vast majority of mens watches currently popular are twice the size of that. Why design and sell something that people aren't asking for and don't want?

      I mean, I hate bulky watches personally but I'm not exactly fashion conscious. Even then, that one doesn't look any bigger than the G-Shock I have, smaller if anything.

      Last edited 02/03/15 3:43 pm

    I have (and still wear) one of the old, old Suunto's - those things are bloody enormous. This Huawei would be just fine thanks :-)

    I'd be interested in trying it on, I'd need to see it in person before I committed to it. A watch is a very personal thing, you wear it on your wrist, it's very visible to others, if it doesn't feel right to you, or look right on you, you won't wear it.

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