Huawei introduces 1st smartwatch, Huawei Watch, and new smartphone, Huawei Mate S
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On Wednesday at IFA in Berlin, Huawei officially introduced two new devices: its first smartwatch, the Huawei Watch, and its latest smartphone, the Mate S

At the IFA Conference in Berlin, Europe’s leading consumer electronics trade show, the Huawei Consumer Business Group officially introduced two new premium devices on Wednesday: its first smartwatch, simply called Huawei Watch, and the Huawei Mate S, a follow-up to the Mate 7 smartphone.

The Huawei Watch comes amid a flurry of smartwatch announcements this week running up to IFA, including the Samsung Gear S2, the Moto 360 (which will be announced on September 8, between IFA and Apple’s event on September 9), the LG Watch Urbane Luxe, and the Sony Wena Wrist, which Sony is crowdfunding. While not as luxurious as LG’s Urbane Luxe, which prices at a whopping $1,200, it is placed towards the higher end of the market, ranging between €399.00 and €699.00 depending on which features the customer chooses.

The first glimpse of the Huawei Watch. Photo Credit: PR

The first glimpse of the Huawei Watch. Photo Credit: PR

On sale in Canada, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy this month, in the UK, Japan and UAE in October, and available for pre-order starting on Wednesday in the U.S., its sapphire, scratch-proof crystal lens, 400 x 400, 286ppi resolution, and heart rate sensor, among other features, may entice customers to shell out more for this Android Wear-powered smartwatch, which are now also compatible with iPhones.

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Photo Credit: PR

The Mate S, which is merely an improved version of the Mate 7 smartphone, features Force Touch technology, which helps you perform different actions merely by decreasing or increasing pressure on the screen, as well as a highly developed fingerprint sensor: It not only unlocks the phone and secures payments, but also scrolls through photos, takes selfies from the back of the phone (clever), and responds to notifications.

It will be released in 30 countries including China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Spain, South Africa and UAE, and available for pre-order in Western Europe on Vmall.eu on September 15. The price will range between €649 to €748.

 

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Laura Rosbrow-Telem

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I am a social entrepreneurship enthusiast: This is what happens when a former social worker becomes a tech journalist. I mostly write about startups, technology, peace and justice issues, cultural topics, and personal stuff. Before Geektime, I was an editor at the Jerusalem Post and Mic.

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