New Huawei Watch 4 leaks reveal LTE connectivity and more specifications
Huawei has certified the Watch 4 with the China Compulsory Certification (3C), a few days after Huawei Central discovered an equivalent certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance. While the 3C does not refer to the smartwatch by its marketing name, the Wi-Fi Alliance revealed that 'ARC-AL00' corresponds to the Watch 4 rather than the Watch 4 Pro. Incidentally, Huawei also submitted MDS-AL10 and MDS-AL00 to the Wi-Fi Alliance, which the body lists as two versions of the Watch 4 Pro.
As the screenshot below shows, the Watch 4 will feature LTE connectivity; for some reason, 5G still escapes modern smartwatches. Presumably, Huawei will continue to provide LTE connectivity via an eSIM rather than a physical connection. The 3C has not shared any details about what LTE bands the Watch 4 series will support though, other than TD-LTE coverage. The 3C highlights that the Watch 4 will recharge at up to 5 W too, which is on par with other conventional smartwatches.
Meanwhile, new rumours Huawei Watch 4 may offer satellite communication. If the technology is anything like the one Apple offers with the iPhone 14, it would allow the Watch 4 to send SOS messages or calls via satellite when a mobile network is unavailable. Reputedly, Huawei may utilise zircon, which carries a 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. As such, it is more scratch prone than diamond or sapphire but will do a better job than regular glass. Currently, Huawei is expected to showcase the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Pro on March 23 in China; there is no word on a global release date yet.