Hands-on preview: Huawei Watch – the fairest of them all?

At AfricaCom this week, Huawei made a strong display of interest in the African Market, proudly displaying the P8, P8 Lite, Mate S, Media Pad M2, and, last but not least, the company’s deliciously named Huawei Watch.
The Huawei Watch is the eponymous company’s first true foray into wearable technology; earlier this year we saw the jack-of-all-trades but master-of-none TalkBand B2; but where the B2 exists in the oddly joined realm of Bluetooth headsets and fitness trackers, the Watch is Huawei’s first Android Wear device. And, spoilers: it’s quite pretty.
Where the Moto 360 first succeeded in convincing us that Android Wear devices could, in fact, look rather appealing, the Huawei Watch is a great contender in the looks department. Fairly light while retaining a certain ‘premium’ factor, the bezel-less 400 display is bright and appealing, yet lacks clear definition.
What is surprising is the relative length of the Watch’s band out-of-the-box; personally, I don’t have the largest wrists, and I found it difficult to slide over my fingers or clip on directly to my wrist.
Huawei’s packaging has definitely taken a step forward, with the Watch housed in a distinctive luxury-watch style box; the austerity of the packaging recalls to mind what a certain company from Cupertino might produce if considering a luxury analogue watch.
Speaking of analogue watches, the Huawei Watch approximates the feel of wearing one as closely as I’ve yet found, with a 42mm display (which I’ve previously found too small on square-style devices, such as the Apple Watch) a decent fit.
Overall, the Huawei Watch looks set to be a great Android Wear-based contender, and one that will likely entice South African consumers into a fledgling local wearables market. Stay tuned for a full review, along with news of local availability and pricing.