Huawei's sapphire glass smart watch to take on Apple Watch


Huawei has unveiled its first smart watch that could be powerful enough to take on Apple and compete for a lead spot among its Android competitors.

On the eve of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and just a weak ahead of the Apple Watch event, the Chinese tech giant announced its Huawei Watch -- a 42-millimetre 1.4-inch Amoled, scratch-proof and water-proof device with a fully circular design and 40 customisable watch faces.

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Huawei now joins the list of Android counterparts like Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony and Asus which have all already entered the smartphone segment.

According to Huawei, the device features sapphire crystal elements and a metal body which features a 316L corrosive-resistant, cold-forged stainless steel and is designed by a team of traditional watch designers based in its Paris office.

Among the sensors are advanced heart rate monitor sensor, 6-Axis sensor, barometer sensor, touch motor, and built-in microphone.

The watch has a display with 400 x 400 pixels resolution in 286ppi at a 10,000:1 high contrast ratio.

The smart watch will however go on sale in 20 countries later this year and will come in three colours: gold, silver and black.

It is already being dubbed as one of the most premium models among other similar Android devices and fit enough to take on Apple Watch.

Apple has already sent out invitations to an event on March 9, which it has labelled as ‘Spring Forward.’

Meanwhile, LG unveiled its latest edition of LG Watch and says it would be the world’s first LTE-enabled smartwatch. The LG Watch Urbane LTE will come with features such as NFC, enabling users to make payments, water and dust proof with IP67 certification.

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The 4G enabled device features a 1.3-inch plastic-OLED display and 700mAh battery.

“Like any 4G phone, it can make and answer calls as well as send and receive text messages. With carrier support, the smartwatch offers push-to-talk (PTT) capability with other devices on the same cellular network so customers can use their LG Watch Urbane LTE as a walkie-talkie with unlimited range to talk to multiple parties at the same time,” LG said in its description.

The device runs on LG’s own Wearable Platform operating system, developed in house.


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