Let the countdown begin, although there’s still no clear, official word on a timetable for a wearable device that should have really started selling months ago.
Oh, Huawei, how you love to torment early smartwatch adopters! The rising Chinese star showed people possibly the prettiest Android-based Apple Watch alternative back at MWC in March, then… went completely quiet.
The rumor mill churned a bunch of ridiculous price guesses, which Huawei never dismissed however, and most recently, this very credible story of software modification difficulties emerged to justify the Asian delay.
Meanwhile, on the Western hemisphere, there’s no need for last-minute service “optimization”, so the commercial launch must be around the corner. Especially after the Huawei Watch brazenly cleared the FCC approval hurdle, not even faking an attempt to mask its identity.
The device that stopped by the US government agency the other day was listed as “Huawei Watch” in black and white under “model”, carrying standalone Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and a 300 mAh battery.
Nothing new to report on the feature front, both because the FCC isn’t generally very forward of such information and given the specifications have been all laid out before. Need a quick refresher? The “timelessly designed” gizmo measures 42 mm in diameter and 11.3 mm thick, with a 1.4-inch circular AMOLED display protected by sapphire crystal in tow, stainless steel construction, Snapdragon 400 power, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB storage, Bluetooth 4.1, call notifications and instant messages to your wrist.
It definitely resembles the “luxury” LG Watch Urbane more than a little, but hopefully, Huawei will be shrewd enough to price it below $300. Unless the second-generation Moto 360 debuts before it, and further complicates your smartwatch choice. See, that’s why you should’ve initiated US sales already, Huawei.