The leaks just keep on coming. We’ve heard lots about Huawei Watch GT in the last few weeks, but nothing official. The latest is the biggest leak of all. Huawei has posted details and images of its upcoming smartwatch on its own website! Whoops… It has since removed them.
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It seems all the recent leaks were not far off. One of these was that Huawei will be ditching the Google Wear OS platform in favour of its own software. This has all been but confirmed now. The performance capabilities of the mystery operating system are not yet known and its likely the watch may only play nice with Huawei’s own smartphones running EMUI 9.0. There is the possibility the timepiece will work with other Android 9 Pie devices, but not iOS phones.
As shown in the images above, the aluminium and ceramic timepiece will come packing a round 1.39 AMOLED screen (454 x 454 pixel resolution). In terms of size, it will be fairly large measuring 46.5 mm in diameter but only 10.6 mm thick.
Under the hood there’s the custom ARM Cortex-M4 and not the typical Qualcomm Snapdragon. The wearable has a plethora of sensors that keep tabs on your heart rate and other fitness stats, sleep and something called TruRelax atmospheric pressure monitoring. There’s also support for NFC-mobile payments but only for Chinese services for now.
Interestingly, there is also talk of blood pressure monitoring capability. It is not yet clear if this indeed will be the case, and how precise such readings would be. So far, we have not seen a smartwatch or fitness band with the ability to take accurate blood pressure measurements.
Finally, everything will be powered by a 420 mAh Lithium Ion battery. This will keep the watch ticking for up to a month with normal use, and 22 hours with GPS switched on. Now this is pretty impressive but the great battery life is partly due to the fact the device will not be running third-party watch apps. So you’ll only get basic notifications, reminders, calendars etc. Its probably more precise to say this is a fitness watch with some smart functions than a fully fledged smartwatch.
Huawei’s event is on October 16th at which point we’ll find out more. But it seems apart from the price, we know most of the details already.
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