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Huawei dazzled when it showed off its first Android Wear smartwatch in 2015, and although we had to wait a while for the release due to software issues and further design refinement, it was worth it. The Huawei Watch remains our pick of the Android Wear world, along with the more masculine Fossil Q Founder, so if you’re considering one for your wrist, here’s everything you need to know about it.
Price and availability
Huawei Watch sales started for the stainless steel and black models in the U.S. in September 2015, through Huawei, Amazon, Best Buy, or the Google Store. There are a variety of configurations ranging from $350 all the way up to $800. The stainless steel version is priced at $350 if you opt for a leather strap, while the metal bracelet option will bring it up to $400. You will have your choice of either a steel link or stainless steel mesh bracelet. You can also opt for the black-coated steel version with a metal band for $450.
Finally, the rose gold plated stainless steel version will set you back $700 with an alligator-pressed brown leather strap or $800 with a rose gold strap through Huawei’s own online store. In the U.K., the Huawei Watch is sold through Huawei’s Vmall store, the Google Store, Amazon, and selected Selfridges retail stores. The basic silver with leather band Watch is £290, or £330 with a metal Link or Mesh strap. The black model starts at £330 with a leather band, and shifts to £370 with a Link strap.
Perhaps you’d like to pick up a Huawei Watch without spending quite so much money? Deals are becoming more common, and the most recent comes from Best Buy where the Huawei Watch has been discounted by up to $150, depending on your model choice. The cheapest is the stainless steel watch with a leather strap that costs $250, down from the usual $350. Go for the normally $800 gold model and you’ll pay $650. There’s $100 off the metal strap versions, reducing them to $300.
It’s not stated how long these offers will last, so don’t wait around if the price is right for you.
A classy design with a lot of options
The Huawei Watch is an Android Wear smartwatch with a classic circular timepiece design inspired by Swiss watches. It’s made from 316L cold-forged stainless steel and sports a scratch-resistant, two-layer sapphire crystal display. The diameter of the entire watch casing is 42mm, which is the size of the larger Apple Watch. It’s also a little thicker than the Apple Watch (11.3mm vs. 10.5mm). You will also find traditional watch elements, including a crown, frame, and lugs.