Huawei Watch Review


It’s fall, so that means it’s Android Wear season. The summer came and went, without any notable new offerings in the Android Wear space, so it’s somewhat refreshing to come across one again. Even though it took quite a bit of time to come to market, especially when it was first introduced way back in March during MWC 2015, the Huawei Watch is the first of many smartwatches to come out this fall season in hopes of winning that precious real estate on your wrist.

The package contains:

  • Huawei Watch
  • Proprietary magnetic charging cradle
  • Wall charger
  • Get started guide
  • Safety information


The Huawei Watch has a premium design of proportionate size.

There’s no denying that the Huawei Watch exudes a design style that’s akin to a classical timepiece, evident by its 316L cold-forged stainless steel chassis, 42mm diameter, standard lugs, leather strap, and round face style. If you’re all about looking sophisticated, the Huawei Watch makes for a logical complement with its premium design.

On our wrist, the 42mm diameter seems like a good size – not appearing too over- or undersized. As for the leather strap, it’s a good stock option, as it complements the Huawei Watch’s premium style. However, there are other options for the chassis and strap that can exemplify its premium nature even more. For example, there are the black stainless steel and 22K rose gold plated stainless steel case options to choose from – while the strap options consist of a black stainless steel link band, steel mesh band, or a matching 22K rose gold link one.

Much like other Android Wear smartwatches we’ve come across, there’s a single button on its side that’s used to act as the home/on/off function when it’s pressed down once. Alternatively, we can turn off the screen or place it into suspend mode by merely covering the display with our palm. On the underside, there’s a heart rate sensor to measure our pulse – while pin connectors nearby are used to work with the included magnetic charging pad. The problem with the charging pad is that it’s a single piece, which means that if the wire somehow goes bad, you’ll need to replace the entire thing.

And finally, you can sleep easy knowing that it’s IP67 certified to withstand submersion under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.


No complaints here whatsoever, it hits all the good spots.

So far, Huawei has been enjoying the jabs it’s been taking at Motorola for offering a smartwatch with a REAL circular display. There’s certainly no flat tire with this one, as it sports a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 full circle AMOLED display with sapphire crystal protecting it. As you can imagine, details are crisp and distinct with its 404 ppi pixel density. And since this is AMOLED we’re dealing with, we especially like its wide viewing angles, punchy color tones, potent glow under low light, and how it achieves that perfect black color.

Lacking an ambient light sensor, which is why Motorola opts to have a flat tire look with its smart watches, it means that there’s no automatic brightness adjustment with the Huawei Watch. For us, the middle “3” setting is ideal enough, but it still poses some challenges with outdoor visibility – so you’ll want to crank it up to the max, while also using a watch face that relies on a white background color.

Under dim settings, though, its suspend mode does a nice job of achieving enough contrast to allow us to tell the time without being too straining to the eye. And lastly, the display is recessed so that it doesn’t come in contact with surfaces in the event it’s accidentally placed face down for some unknown reason.

Although it’s easy to say that it’s a beautiful looking display, which it is, we’ve seen other displays that offer more intrigue – like the LG G Watch R’s P-OLED display. Nevertheless, Huawei does nicely with its panel because of its strong details and all of the rich qualities of AMOLED technology.



2. sgodsell

Posts: 7599; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It is listed with a 300 mha battery and not a 400 mha. Also the display is listed as 286 ppi and not 404. Still a great watch. Also it can be paired to iOS devices now.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

One of (if not the only) the classiest smart watch in town. How about making the single button tunable to adjust the brightness if an ambient sensor isn't present? Is that feasible?

4. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Why does the LG P-OLED offer "more intrigue"? Very vague attempt to put the AMOLED screen qualities in perspective.

14. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'm curious about that too.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7599; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think the sapphire crystal has something to do with that. Just like Apples sapphire crystal stainless steel watch. Its not as bright as the non sapphire crystal Apple Watch sport. I can vouch for that since I have this Huawei watch. It's still an excellent display and crystal clear.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Probably because it's plastic.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Did that fetch you an award? How old are you?

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

God I love it. This watch apparently is worse than the apple watch. But it's cheaper, it looks like a watch and it got the double battery life.......christ this keeps being so freaking biased ....

19. MSi_GS70 unregistered

it is just because they are bribed by crapple unfortunately .. they shagging every crpple device tho .. look here pocketnow are genuine about these :

8. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

So hoiddid the apple watcetget an 8 andsthis did not?

22. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This one deserves 8.5 at least.

9. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I thought it had a 300 mAh battery not 400? Edit: I see somebody already pointed that out.

10. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1366; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

What does the author mean that "Apple wach OS offers a little more?" This is what I struggle to understand about PA when the Samsung Gear 2 which offers cellular connectivity and can operate without a smartphone PA rates The Apple watch higher and better, which does not even have those capabilities. Now here is a Android wear watch that pairs and adds greater customization but same notification features as Apple watch OS and still the Apple OS is better. What gives? If they are both notification hubs that you need the smartphone to operate with. If the author is trying to be un-bias then this comment should be stricken from the article.

12. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

What the author wants to mean is that he is a Apple Fan . So, everything else is just a bit less then Apple .

18. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I also think so here. Which exactly flaw is mentioned to deserve a 7.5? According to Phonearena evaluation system, the marks are relative to what the competition has achieved and the general stage of the technology at the moment. In this regard it deserves a 9.

20. MSi_GS70 unregistered

they must lick ass them otherwise apple wud stop paying them and they would drown parena

11. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

This website is becoming a joke with their Apple favouritism. Same with the Nubia Z9 which is a breathtaking smartphone yet they rate it lower than the worst smartphones ever released.

13. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

It's better to check the reviews of Android Headlines and Android Authority . They and not so Apple biased . Moreover they respectively Reviwes Chinese phones .

21. MSi_GS70 unregistered

this is not phone arena but iPhoneArena in reality

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Another con should be: It's not an Apple.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The only issue I have with this watch is the thickness. 11.3 mm, if that is the real measurement unlike the fake one Apple uses, is plenty thin enough. It looks 16mm though because they don't use the techniques other manufacturers use to hide the thickness. It's just a big slab of buck rather than other watches that use machining to hide the thickness. This is all based on pictures and videos though. I have to see it in person to confirm once I get it.

26. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I love this watch, best looking watch but costly, I'll wait until watches come close to $50.

27. SnakєBoyVincentLiu unregistered

Apple Watch 2.0

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