Hot on the heels of favorable reviews of its first Android Wear device, Huawei may be looking to add more variants for the Huawei Watch to add broader appeal.
According to 9to5Google, sources familiar with the Chinese company’s wearable lineup say that Huawei is planning to launch a women’s watch variant at CES in January. The company has also already begun developing the second-generation Huawei Watch.
The new variants to be unveiled at CES will mostly bring minor appearance changes to suit the style of women’s watches. 9to5Google says the women’s variants of the watch will have more feminine-looking bands and a slightly modified, rounder, and more elegant watch case. It’s likely that the company will bring more watch faces and color options as well.
Huawei is taking its cue from Apple and Motorola after they introduced varying watch sizes, bands, and watch faces for men and women with the Apple Watch and the second-generation Moto 360. It’s a smart move that will definitely make the already solid Huawei Watch more appealing to consumers. While we thought Huawei’s addition into the smartwatch race certainly had a unisex appeal, adding more variants gives more options for consumers.
We liked the Huawei Watch, giving it a four out of five stars, and we think it’s one of the best smartwatches you can buy at the moment. Its downfalls were its battery, which barely lasted a day, and its high price. Of course, other issues came up but they were more targeted at Android Wear itself, which Huawei doesn’t really have much control over.
The second-generation Huawei Watch is scheduled to release in the second half of 2016, and is purported to also feature a cellular version that offers LTE, like the second-generation LG Watch Urbane. Android Wear brought cellular connectivity in an update in November, and it looks like Huawei is taking advantage of that feature.