Huawei Watch Buds: Smartwatch and earbuds 2-in-1 presented with innovative design
Huawei has officially presented the Watch Buds, having postponed last week’s hardware launch event. As expected, the Watch Buds is part smartwatch and part earbuds, with the latter recharging accessible by popping up the former’s display. While some compromises exist with the Watch Buds, battery life does not appear to be one of them.
Specifically, Huawei claims that the smartwatch itself will provide up to 3 days of battery life, with the earbuds said to last 4 hours between charges of their 30 mAh batteries. Please note that the latter applies with noise cancellation switched off; battery life estimates drop to 3 hours with this function activated. While the Watch Buds offers impressive battery life, all things considered, its 410 mAh battery capacity is 120 mAh down on the Watch GT 3 Pro. The Watch GT 3 Pro is rated for up to 8 days of heavy usage too, or 14 days of ‘typical usage’.
Moreover, the Watch Buds is nearly 50% thicker than the Watch GT 3 Pro at 14.99 mm, a measurement that does not include the smartwatch’s sensor area. Likewise, the Watch Buds weighs 66.5 g without a strap attached, 16.5 g and 33% heavier than the Watch GT 3 Pro. It appears that the pair share the same display though, with a 1.43-inch AMOLED panel resolving at 466 x 466 pixels connected to a small hinge for accessing the earbuds.
Currently, the Watch Buds is only orderable in China, where Huawei charges CNY 2,988 (~US$429) for the device in two colour options. Huawei has not confirmed whether it will launch the Watch Buds outside its home market yet, but a EUIPO trademark suggested that the company plans to do so at some stage.