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The Huawei Watch's US availability and pricing announced, bringing the premium to Android Wear

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The Huawei Watch's US availability and pricing announced, bringing the premium to Android Wear
At IFA 2015, Huawei announced the US availability and pricing of the Huawei Watch, the company's first foray into the nascent Android Wear smartwatch market. Since its initial showcase at March's MWC, the wearable had been quite anticipated with its beautiful design and competent spec sheet, so if you are in the cheering crowd, you'll be excited to hear that the waiting's over. Well, almost!

Judging by the watch's pricing options and design focus, Huawei is obviously after the types that would consider the Apple Watch. Rather than an elaborate wrist computer, the wearable is designed "first and foremost as a watch", opting for a round face, standard lugs, a 42mm diameter, and a physical crown mounted in the traditional "2 o'clock" position. The use of scratch resistant, double layer sapphire crystal and 316L cold-forged stainless steel contribute to the smartwatch's "premium" factor.

The technological parts that make this watch smart are not to be underestimated, either. A 300mAh battery unit offers (on paper) two days of battery life with regular use, and charges to full in a manageable 75 minutes. The battery longevity is enabled, in part, by the 1.4-inch AMOLED screen of 400 x 400 pixels resolution and 286ppi pixel density, both the highest among smartwatches so far. There is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity available, which means you'll be able to receive notifications even if the Bluetooth-paired smartphone is not in range. The watch features a heart rate monitor as well, supplied by "the world's most advanced manufacturer". The smartwatch is powered by the frugal Snapdragon 400 chip and features 512MB RAM memory with 4GB of storage.

Priced between $349 to $799, the Huawei Watch's will begin shipping by September 17th. The wearable will be sold with the possibility of six different body and wristband combinations, which formulate different prices. They are as follows:

  • Stainless Steel watch body & Black Leather band - $349
  • Stainless Steel watch body & Steel Link bracelet - $399
  • Stainless Steel watch body & Stainless Steel Mesh - $399
  • Black DLC-coated Stainless Steel & Black Link Bracelet - $449
  • Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Alligator-pressed Brown Leather - $699
  • Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Rose Gold-plated Link Bracelet - $799

The Huawei Watch is up for pre-order on GetHuawei, the Google Store, Amazon and BestBuy. General availability and pre-order shipments will begin come September 17th. Stainless steel and black models are available for pre-order today, with rose gold models available later this year.

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