As expected, Honor has unveiled its latest smartwatch today. Watch Magic follows in the footsteps of Huawei’s Watch GT, but is smaller, simpler and less expensive.
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The spin-off brand’s last smartwatch, the S1 (or Huawei Fit internationally), is now some two years old. It was well due for an update.
Honor Watch Magic has a circular, 316L stainless steel frame. Unlike its predecessor, the rim has a tachymeter scale and two physical buttons on the side. There are quite a few other differences.
In fact, the new watch shares more with the Huawei Watch GT than Huawei Fit. They both come with an AMOLED display with 326 ppi pixel resolution, although Honor’s measures 1.2 inches so is 0.19 inches smaller. The 42mm plastic case is down from 46.5mm. Watch Magic is thinner, too, measuring just 9.8mm (versus 10.6mm). This makes it a more viable option for both men and women.
They are both swim-proof down to depths of 50 metres (5 ATM), have the usual gamut of fitness tracking sensors including a heart rate monitor, built-in GPS (including GLONASS, Galileo) and NFC for payments on the go.
The capacity of the battery is 178 mAh which, Honor says, is enough for a week of typical use. This is no doubt helped by the fact that the smartwatch runs on Lite OS. This is the stripped back operating system that runs on Huawei Watch GT.
The watch is on sale in China from today in Lava Black and Moonlight Silver versions. You can also mix it up with a variety of QuickFit straps. The watch costs CNY 900, down from the CNY 1,300 for Huawei’s device. Considering that Watch GT sells for around $200 internationally, Watch Magic should cost around $150 when it makes it across the border in early 2019.
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