Right now, if you’re looking to buy a smartwatch, you know to expect to pay a couple hundred dollars. And if you go for a nicer one with a premium strap (assuming you have a choice at all), we might even be talking $300, $350 – somewhere in that range. But in the very near future expectations for smartwatch pricing are about to be turned on their head as Apple reveals the full retail breakdown of its various Apple Watch offerings – prices of which will only just start at that $350 point, and likely growing into the thousands of dollars. How long will it be before other smartwatches follow with similarly sky-high prices of their own? We may have already seen just such a model, as rumors start to talk about what we’ll have to pay for the new Huawei Watch.
When Huawei introduced its Android Wear model it was noticeably silent about pricing; while it had no problem revealing sticker prices for its new TalkBand wearables, all it would offer for the Huawei Watch was that “exact availability and pricing will be announced at a future date.” The company may have had a good reason for wanting to hold back with pricing info, as unnamed sources claim that Huawei is looking to charge as much as $1000 for its wearable.
Granted, the Huawei Watch contains some pricy materials like its sapphire crystal face, but is that and a classy steel body enough to justify this kind of money? It’s all a bit hard to believe, especially considering Huawei’s comparatively very affordable competition from other Android Wear models – and the Moto 360 in particular.
This report could ultimately prove wildly inaccurate, but for now its eerily in just-crazy-enough-to-be-true territory. Huawei, the sooner you can confirm pricing on your smartwatch, the better.