A total of four new Huawei smartwatches have received certification from Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today. At least one of these may be the Huawei Watch 3.
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Originally launched in 2017, its predecessor comes in a number of different variants. These include Watch 2 Classic (4G and non-4G), Watch 2 Sport (4G and non-4G) and a 2018 iteration that slaps on eSIM support. The devices are generally rated as pretty decent WearOS watches, so it’s not surprising Huawei may be looking to update the series.
All Watch 2 variants come with a 1.2” AMOLED touchscreen and 390 x 390 resolution. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 2100 processor, 4GB RAM and 768MB of built-in storage. Plus you get a whole gamut of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, GPS, heart rate, ambient light, geomagnetic and capacitance.
Launch Studio Bluetooth SIG is a not-for-profit standards organisation that oversees the development and licensing of Bluetooth technologies. When we see a smartwatch in its register, it’s usually not too long before it reaches general availability.
Four new Huawei devices received Bluetooth certification today. They are registered under the monikers CSN-BX9, CSN-AL00, CSN-AL01 and ALX-AL10.
We suspect the first one on this list is Huawei Watch 3 (if this ends up to be its name). Do a search on Google, and you’ll notice that the reference BX9 is associated with Watch 2. Unfortunately the documents accompanying the registration do not reveal anything apart from support for Bluetooth 4.2.
Going by the previous specs, it would not be too much of a stretch to expect a bigger and better screen, hopefully improvements on the 2-3 day battery life and perhaps the Snapdragon 3100 processor. Better water resistance is also likely, considering the current versions are only IP68 certified.
While we have an inkling on the CSN-BX9 Bluetooth certification reference, it is a mystery which device(s) the Aloo and ALo1 monikers are associated with. Most likely they are two variants of the same smartwatch. Perhaps some more iterations or different sizes of Watch 3.
An update to Huawei Watch GT is always a possibility, albeit an unlikely one considering the timepiece is less than a year old. Launched in October, this is essentially a fitness tracker disguised as a smartwatch. It runs on Huawei’s stripped back operating system called LightOS.
The primary reason for ditching WearOS for this device is battery life. Watch GT can run for up to two weeks on a single charge, which rises to a month with heart rate monitoring switched off. It will be interesting to see whether a possible Watch 3 sticks with WearOS or makes the transition to LightOS (or an upgraded version of Huawei’s operating system).
While we are playing guesswork, let’s not forget Watch X. Late last year, the Chinese tech giant submitted a trademark filing with The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for a wearable with this name. The EUIPO document reveals little info. It does say, though, the device will be a wristwatch with functions of a telephone, so you should expect LTE support and an electronic SIM-card.
At last year’s IFA in Berlin, Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed they are interested in the smartwatch market.
“We want to make bigger improvements and make the experience much better than today. That’s my target,” he said.
“We want to make the smartwatch more useful, more intimate, more functional, and with much longer battery life.”
Finally, ALX-AL10 is a new Huawei kids watch. The company already has a number of such devices under its belt. These include the Kids Watch 3, Kids Watch 3 Pro and the Disney Kids smartwatch. The registration does mean that one of these or a new kids watch will soon be made more widely available.
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