Huawei Watch official pre-order details arrive

Last week we were all ready to welcome the Huawei Watch to the world of retail availability, as Amazon appeared to open pre-orders for the smartwatch we’ve been waiting for since MWC. And while everything looked fine at first, it wasn’t long before Amazon’s listing was pulled and Huawei issued a statement about “incorrect information” getting out. OK, but what was wrong with Amazon’s info, what might have been right, and when would Huawei set us straight. Well, today at IFA Huawei found time to formally announce the start of Huawei Watch pre-orders, setting us straight about all those details in the process.

Let’s start with prices and configuration: last time we saw Amazon display Huawei a $350 model with steel body and leather strap, all the way up to a gold-plated watch with matching gold-plated strap priced at just about $800. Everything we saw there has ultimately proved to be correct, but with one addition Amazon missed: Huawei will also have a $400 option for the Watch, pairing the stainless steel body with your choice of a steel link or steel mesh band.

Instead, Amazon’s big gaffe looks like it concerns the dates involved: the Huawei Watch is not shipping today, as the retailer indicated. Instead, pre-orders open today, with the smartwatch ultimately shipping (and opening for general orders) on September 17. Beyond Amazon and Huawei itself, you’ll also find the Huawei Watch at Best Buy and through the Google Store.

The Huawei Watch has a 1.4-inch circular display with sapphire crystal, runs a Snapdragon 400 SoC, has 512MB RAM, 4GB of local storage, and is powered by a 300mAh battery. The wearable features a heart rate monitor, WiFi connectivity, and measures 11.3mm thick.

Source: Huawei

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