Google’s Android Wear platform has evolved nicely over the past several months, and what better way to showcase the OS than on the Huawei Watch? Introduced all the way back at Mobile World Congress, the device made another brief appearance at IFA in Berlin, and it’s finally here at our TechnoBuffalo office. In a word: stunning. This really is a beautiful device.
If you haven’t seen our more in-depth hands on with the Huawei Watch, you can check that out. The video above is more about unsheathing the device from its cozy box and booting the wearable up for the first time.
Like the Moto 360 or Watch Urbane, the Huawei Watch is focused more on the classic design of traditional timepieces, with a rounded face that looks more like a watch dad would wear. And that’s not a bad thing at all, because the Huawei Watch is probably the most beautiful smartwatch—Android Wear or not—we’ve seen to date.
And it’s not just about looks either. This thing is built with premium materials, too, including two layers of sapphire glass, cold forged stainless steel, and more than 130 different components. That’s a lot of TLC for one watch, but it means consumers get a device that’s not only functional, but carefully engineered.
We received the “basic” model, which features a stainless steel body and leather band, though there are other versions available with different bands and different bodies, including a gold model with gold link for $799; the basic model starts at $349.
You’ll notice that the Huawei Watch looks alarmingly similar to the LG Watch Urbane, but Huawei’s device is much more elegant. And that’s saying a lot, because the Watch Urbane is no slouch. The lugs of the Huawei Watch aren’t as large, and the bezels are much slimmer, too. Overall it just doesn’t seem as big, though the Huawei Watch is still relatively thick.
We’re excited to take this for a spin, especially since it’s running the latest version of Android Wear. Check out the unboxing in the video above.