IFA: Huawei Watch available in UK from October

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Huawei Business Group CEO Richard Yu claims the product is the first of its kind to “truly bridge” the gap between “fashion and technology”

Huawei has confirmed that the Huawei Watch will be available to buy in the UK from October.

The company made the announcement during a press conference at IFA 2015, Europe’s largest electronic’s trade show. The Android device is Huawei’s first ever smart watch and was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress on March 1 2015. It was originally expected to be available in the UK from June.

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Pricing and available channels for the UK haven’t been revealed yet. The smartwatch has, however, gone on official sale in Canada, Germany, France and Spain. Prices in these countries range from €399.00 and €699.000. Those in the U.S will also be able to preorder the device through the official Huawei website from today. It will be available in a total of 20 countries from next month.

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Huawei Business Group CEO Richard Yu claims the product is the first of its kind to “truly bridge” the gap between “fashion and technology.” He said: “This first smartwatch in our wearables family has been designed following extensive research and demonstrated consumer demand for smart wrist wear. The Huawei watch is unique within the market with its premium look and feel and classic design, combined with superior smart technology, which allows users to stay connected on the go.

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“No doubt, wearable devices will remain one of the most significant trends in the device industry, and by leveraging Huawei’s technology and innovation, Huawei Consumer BG aims to be a leader in the wearable space.”

The Watch enables the user to make calls, texts, emails and also listen to music by connecting to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Users can play music using voice commands and also use it for navigation. It is compatible with both Android and Apple devices.
It has an 1.4-inch circular display coated in scratch-proof sapphire crystal, measures 42mm and is made out of stainless steel. There are six motion sensors included, which allow the device to measure body temperature and heart rate.
The device is available with rose gold, stainless steel or black frames, whilst watch face design options range from ‘classic,’ ‘luxury,’ ‘business,’ ‘feminine,’ ‘modern,’ and ‘simple.’ The strap is also interchangeable, with 40 options available, including stainless steel mesh, stainless steel links, rose gold, brown leather, black leather and black-plated stainless steel links.

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