Replace: A Huawei patent particulars a watch with built-in Bluetooth earphones, however Huawei has now launched the Huawei Watch 2 2018, so the true Huawei Watch three could be a great distance off.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu spoke to TechRadar at MWC 2018 and revealed the corporate is engaged on a 3rd iteration of its smartwatch, however he would not know but when will probably be prepared for launch.
Whereas we wait, we have put collectively a wish-list for what we wish to see. Earlier than that although, right here’s all the pieces we’ve heard or suspect about when the Huawei Watch three would possibly launch, and what it would characteristic.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? The subsequent smartwatch from Huawei
- When is it out? Probably late 2018, perhaps 2019
- What’s going to it value? Probably upwards of £330 ($300, AU$450)
Huawei Watch three launch date and value
The Huawei Watch 2 was introduced at MWC 2017 and went on sale in April 2017 so at one stage we thought we might even see the Huawei Watch three at MWC 2018 or alongside the P20, however it did not present up.
That was at all times unlikely although contemplating Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu told TechRadar he would not assume the corporate ought to rush to make a brand new watch.
Yu advised TechRadar, “It’s going to come later – there’s no hurry as a result of Huawei Watch 2 sells nicely. We’re not in a rush, so we’re launching the brand new watch later.”
We have additionally now seen the Huawei Watch 2 2018 – a brand new model of the Huawei Watch 2 which provides an eSIM, a capacitance sensor and a geomagnetic sensor, however is in any other case the identical. Provided that this solely arrived lately the Huawei Watch Watch three could also be a great distance off.
Plus, not a lot has modified by way of Android Put on and software program for the reason that launch of the Huawei Watch 2. We’re nonetheless on Android Wear 2 (albeit renamed to Put on OS) which the Watch 2 was one of many first to make use of, and the Snapdragon Put on 2100 chipset continues to be the chip of selection for wearables, so Huawei would possibly wait till the following large change within the house to launch a brand new wearable.
Each time the Huawei Watch three does launch it would in all probability be a high-end, costly machine. There aren’t any value rumors but, however the Huawei Watch 2 began at £329 ($299, AU$450) when it first arrived, so the Watch three may need an identical price ticket.
Huawei Watch three information and rumors
There’s little or no in the way in which of Huawei Watch three information and rumors to this point. Actually, all we’ve actually come throughout is a few Huawei patents.
The newest of those describes a watch with a space for Bluetooth earphones both in containers between the physique and the strap, or constructed into the underside of the strap. These would make it simpler to take calls and take heed to music on the watch, as you’d at all times have them with you.
One other patent exhibits a watch with sensors that may acknowledge gestures made on the back of your hand, so you would for instance make the form of a letter and have it seem on the display screen, permitting you to extra simply write issues utilizing your smartwatch.
Further gestures might embrace a double faucet or an extended press, so you would doubtlessly totally work together with the watch with out touching it.
We have additionally seen a patent which describes a smartwatch with touch-sensitive bezels.
The patent exhibits a bezel divided into eight sections, every of which could possibly be tapped to do one thing on the watch.
However you would additionally contact a number of sections on the identical time to carry out a good wider number of actions, and these actions might transcend simply launching apps, permitting you to additionally zoom in or out and scroll by menus for instance.
It’s a doubtlessly extra helpful – if additionally extra sophisticated – various to the rotating bezel the likes of the Samsung Gear S3 has.
It might be a useful addition, provided that the Huawei Watch 2 is notably gentle on management strategies, however this being a patent there’s no assure something will ever occur with it, not to mention that will probably be used for the Huawei Watch three particularly.
What we wish to see
Huawei has been quiet in regards to the Watch three to this point, however we’re not going to be quiet about what we wish from it. The next seven issues might make it a giant enchancment from the Huawei Watch 2.
1. A trendy design
The unique Huawei Watch had a gorgeous design, the Huawei Watch 2… not a lot. It traded a sensible steel end for a sportier, chunkier one, with large bezels and a plastic construct.
It’s not actively ugly, and the sporty design fits its sportier innards, plus there’s additionally a Huawei Watch 2 Classic with a glance that’s extra fashionable, however that comes with a better price ticket and isn’t accessible with LTE.
For the Huawei Watch three we wish the usual model of the watch to have a slim, fashionable look, with out sacrificing options within the course of. We wouldn’t complain if a plastic model is obtainable too at a cheaper price, however it ought to have the identical specs.
2. Highly effective efficiency
Regardless of being a top-end watch when it launched and nonetheless being up there with the extra highly effective smartwatches on paper, the Huawei Watch 2 proved a bit of sluggish in follow, which isn’t what we wish once we’re dropping a whole lot on a wearable.
So for the Huawei Watch three we wish a efficiency increase, whether or not by extra RAM, a quicker chipset or simply software program optimizations. Apps ought to open immediately and interacting with the watch needs to be easy.
three. A rotating crown
The Huawei Watch 2 has two buttons in addition to a touchscreen, however it doesn’t have a rotating bezel or crown. This isn’t overly shocking, as few Android Put on units do, however these are useful methods so as to add an extra enter methodology to the watch with out actually taking over any more room.
They allow you to scroll by menus with out obscuring the tiny display screen, which is a pleasant characteristic to have, and one which some main rivals – such because the Apple Watch 3 – sport.
four. A bigger display screen
Regardless of having a chunkier construct than the unique Huawei Watch, the Huawei Watch 2 truly has a smaller display screen of simply 1.2 inches.
It’s pretty sharp and shiny however it feels cramped, particularly when making an attempt to make use of an on-screen keyboard, so we’d wish to see a bigger display screen of round 1.four inches on the Huawei Watch three.
5. A slicker charger
The Huawei Watch 2 employs a fiddly, inelegant charging resolution, requiring you to line up a cradle with pogo pins on the again of the watch.
It’s not an enormous difficulty however it could possibly be a lot less complicated, and we wish it to be for the Huawei Watch three. A easy wi-fi charger that you simply plop the watch straight onto would do exactly fantastic.
6. Help for normal straps
Whereas the Huawei Watch 2 makes use of the usual 20mm strap measurement, its design means you possibly can nonetheless solely connect straps designed particularly for it.
This looks as if an actual missed alternative to offer consumers a close to infinite choice of strap choices, so for the Huawei Watch three we wish a design that permits for any and all normal straps (in no matter measurement Huawei chooses) for use with it.
7. Longer life
The Huawei Watch 2 truly lasts a fairly very long time by smartwatch requirements, with as much as round two days of life in case you’re not utilizing a SIM card, however that plummets to solely simply over a day in case you do use a SIM and even at two days you’ll be charging it not less than a number of instances every week.
House for a bigger battery is understandably restricted, but when Huawei can do something to stretch the Watch three’s life additional we’d recognize it.