Huawei’s upmarket take on an Android Wear watch has been a long time coming; we first saw it back in Barcelona at MWC shortly before the Chinese company stopped talking about it completely. Well, it just ended its vow of silence to confirm you can buy one of your own starting on September 17 (though if you’re a little too eager, you can pre-order one now).
Remember that accidentally leaked pricing info we saw last week? It was more or less dead-on. Huawei’s got Watches for just about everyone, ranging from a 316L stainless steel affair with a leather band ($349) to a watch hewn of rose gold-plated steel, paired with a similarly metallic wrist strap ($799). There’s a ceramic black model with metal link bracelet wedged right in the middle for $449, just in case your wrists were screaming for something overly masculine. Added bonus: These things take standard 18mm band, so you can go a little crazy with your NATO strap collection.Slideshow-316554
No matter which Watch you go in for, you’ll walk away with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 and 512MB lashed to your arm. We’ve given the 11.3mm chassis guff in the past for looking a little thick on a slim wrist, but at least it comes with a 1.4-inch circular AMOLED screen running at 400×400 (and swathed in sapphire crystal, no less). More importantly, it’s still one of the classiest Android Wear watches you’ll find out there — it’s light but sturdy and pulls off gold way better than the Watch Urbane ever did. Even as a style-first wearable, Huawei’s perhaps a little too proud of the 40 pre-installed watch-faces, but surely one of them should pair nicely with that iPhone you’ve got laying around. Throw in what the company calls the “world’s most advanced” heart rate sensor and we’re left with what could be a great mobile health tracker (though you probably shouldn’t wear this thing to the gym). It’s taken ages for Huawei to actually get here, but our early looks at the Watch have been nothing but promising — maybe 2015 is the year Huawei finally latches onto people’s brains and wallets.