Hardware specs and design
Huawei believes in first impressions. Their watch comes packed in a very premium looking box more akin to expensive jewelry or Swiss watches. Unwrapping a box of this quality raises expectations and the watch doesn’t disappoint when it first appears.
I suppose it helps that the version being reviewed here, with a black dial and a black stainless steel strap, is probably the best looking of the bunch.
The first thing you notice is the round display. It doesn’t have the same flat tyre cut at the bottom of the screen like the Moto360. So it feels symmetrical, light and beautiful.
The Huawei Watch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM and, like all Android Wear smartwatches, has 4GB on-board storage. It comes only in one dial size which is 42mm in diameter and 11.3 mm in thickness.
It has a 1.4 inch round display covered with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass. The AMOLED display is one of the sharpest among smartwatches today. It has a ppi count of 286 which is about as good as the retina display you get on the Apple Watch.
The frame itself is stainless steel “uni-body” design. It comes in four colors: gold, rose-gold, silver and black. You can buy it with a fine-grain leather strap or chose the 316L stainless steel strap.
Overall, the Huawei watch will not disappoint you in the look and feel department. Especially with the black dial and its non existent bezel of 0.6 mm, the black color just blends into the background, letting the beautiful display take center stage, which is the the most important part of any smartwatch.
Almost any watch face, and there are plenty of those in the Android Play Store, looks good on the black, perfectly round, sharp display.