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For many years, the luxury watch industry has been dominated by the Swiss makers Brands like Rolex, Tag Heuer, Cartier, Raymond Weil and Jaeger LeCoultre have been loved by business honchos, actors, politicians, collectors and wealthy individuals for many generations. While China’s Huawei is primarily known for its smartphones, it has decided to challenge the Swiss watch industry with a smartwatch that could excite the mainstream consumers. A high-end luxury watch is expensive – and it never really go out of vogue. Can the Huawei Watch replace your current mechanical watch?

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Timeless design, round display

One look at the Huawei Watch is enough to decide whether you want the timepiece or not. The Huawei Watch looks natural on the wrist, in fact it could easily be mistaken  for a normal watch. It’s very pretty – especially if you swap up the leather band for the metal version. The watch is designed to be a men’s watch with a circular display, a stainless steel case, a button at the two o’clock position and a genuine leather strap offers a premium feel. The watch face is made out from scratchproof sapphire crystal, like the Apple Watch. Just like the Apple Watch, Huawei says  you will be able to swap out the band with a single lift – no clunky pin removal necessary needed after all. In terms of wearability and comfort level, the Huawei Watch is still a large watch.

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Unlike the Moto 360’s “flat tyre” display – the dead area at the bottom of the watch’s screen, the Huawei Watch has a round watch face but it is completely circular. The AMOLED display is a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 pixels, which gives it a pixel density of 286 ppi ( pixels per inch). Colors are vibrant, texts appears crisp, the viewing angles are perfect and the outdoor performance isn’t bad. There’s no ambient light sensor, however, which we found odd, given that the Moto 360 second generation has one. You will have to manually adjust the settings and change the brightness level whenever you step out of office or house.

Hardware and battery life

The Huawei Watch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, paired with 512MB of RAM and, like all Android Wear smartwatches, has 4GB of onboard storage. We never faced any lags. The IP67 rating means it can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. There’s no GPS on-board, so it doesn’t work as a sport tracker, but it has plenty of sensors that can track motion and an optical heart-rate scanner which works well if we you hold your wrist tightly. It also supports Wi-Fi and yes, even Bluetooth v4.1. As far as its battery life is concerned, we were able to get a day on a single charge. Charging the watch takes roughly half an hour using the magnetic charging dock.

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Software and  watch faces

Google’s Android Wear is not our preferred operating system for wearables but there are not too many non-Apple Watch alternatives anyway. Once connected to the companion smartphone, the watch displays notifications, runs Android Wear apps, and even has the ability to send emojis. What’s more, the latest software update of Android Wear now offers iOS support, meaning the Huawei Watch can be used with an iPhone, though many features are still locked on iOS. Huawei has added some interesting watch faces to the device, but they cannot be customised – a feature we really wish Huawei would add.

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