Huawei initially announced the Huawei Watch back during Mobile World Congress in February. It was supposed to launch earlier but, for whatever reason, Huawei kept it in the oven. And for good reason. We recently had a chance to go hands-on with the Huawei Watch and a few of the models that Huawei will sell, and it’s quite a looker.
Huawei told us it wanted to focus on making it a watch “first and foremost” and so it went for a more classic look with a 42mm design that it hopes will attract men and women. There’s a crown at the 2-o’clock mark that can be pressed inward to execute Android Wear actions.
Huawei focused on a premium build for the watch, and said this is the first Android Wear device to feature two layers of sapphire glass. It features cold forged stainless steel that it says is 40 percent stronger and scratch resistant than other steels. There are more than 130 different components and manufacturing require more than 200 steps, 160 of which are done by hand.
While we can’t speak to that manufacturing press — however complicated it sounds — the watch does indeed look and feel very premium. It has a slight bulk to it, similar to what you’d find on a Moto 360, but it doesn’t seem as drastic and feels comfortable on the wrist still. Also, while it should support iOS as one of the new models introduced by Google to do so, Huawei didn’t specifically talk about this during a meeting with the company.
The tough choice will be picking which model you want. Six versions will be sold, including a basic model with a stainless steel body and a leather band for $349; a stainless steel model with a link band for $399; a version with a stainless mesh band for $399; a scratch-resistant black stainless steel model for $499; a rose gold version with an alligator band for $699 and a top-tier gold rose model with a gold link for $799.
Huawei will begin to sell the four cheapest models on September 2 when it opens up pre-orders, and they should be widely available on September 17 on in the U.S. from Amazon, Best Buy, GetHuawei.com and the Google Store.
Check out the base model in the video above, and all of the other options in our photo gallery.