Huawei has officially announced its new wearables, which it was supposed to launch as early as last week. So we have official confirmation of the Watch Buds, which also houses a pair of true wireless headphones inside, two Kids Watch 5X and 5X Pro, as well as a collector’s edition Watch GT3. These watches are currently launching in China, and could come to western countries next year.
Huawei Watch Buds hosts true wireless earphones inside
By far the most interesting model is the Huawei Watch Buds, a 2-in-1 device. On the one hand, this is a regular Huawei smartwatch with similar design and the same customer-loved features. We’re dealing with a 1.43″ AMOLED screen with 466 x 466 pixel resolution, steel case, leather wristband and monitoring sensors for pulse, oximeter, sleep monitoring, ECG and stress. Basically, it’s as “ordinary” a watch as you can get on the outside.
On the inside though, it houses a pair of true wireless earbuds with a very compact design. They charge inside the watch and promise four hours of music playback and 2.5 hours of calls with ANC off. In total, the headphones and watch should provide a total of three days of battery life on a single charge, a process that takes just over an hour and a half (100 minutes).
The earphones are housed under the screen, and this means that the watch can no longer offer water and dust resistance like other similar watches. However, the earphones are splash water resistant, being certified to the IP54 standard. The price for this watch model is 2,988 yuan, or about 410 euros.
Huawei Kids Watch 5X and 5X Pro
The Kids Watch models are a bit different in design and functionality from what we’ve seen so far from Huawei. Both variants have 1.6″ screens with 320 x 320 pixel resolution, dual cameras on the front and back, and a plastic-reinforced case for shock resistance. The watches are mounted on wristbands with a system that allows the watch to be raised and oriented in various positions vertically for video calls. The only real difference between the two is the presence of a monochrome secondary display on the back for the Pro version.
Elsewhere, both offer network connectivity via nano-SIM cards, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM and IPX8 water resistance. These watches are intended as alternatives to smartphones for kids, so parents can monitor their kids’ activity when they’re away, but also have the option to contact them via voice or video calls.
Watch GT 3 ProCollector’s Edition
Finally, Huawei has unveiled a special edition Watch GT 3 Pro. The “collector’s” model is built with nanocrystal ceramic and comes in a single 43mm variant. This is the only model to offer exclusive dials themed with the Chinese new year, the Year of the Rabbit.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Collector’s Edition will most likely be a limited model, and the price of 4,988 yuan, equivalent to 680 euros, suggests that it’s only for those who want a special smartwatch, even if it doesn’t come with extra features over the “normal” version.