The Huawei Watch 2 has recently seen a price cut to £199/$239, down from its original RRP of £329/£299. That's usually enough to spark rumours of a new version incoming, but the company has confirmed that while it is working on one it is in no rush to launch it.
That hasn't stopped rumours from swirling though; here, we round up all the latest Huawei Watch 3 release date, design and feature rumours.
When will the Huawei Watch 3 be released?
The good news is that the Huawei Watch 3 is coming; Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, confirmed that the third-generation Watch is in development, though you shouldn’t expect it any time soon. Yu explained that the Watch 2 is still selling well, so the company doesn’t feel the need to release a new Watch right now – though the confirmation of a new Watch may make prospective customers wait, instead of picking up a Watch 2.
We expect that Huawei will announce the Watch 3 in 2018, though probably not until later on in the year. If recent patent leaks are to be believed, it could be a competitor to the Apple Watch and thus, Huawei may wait until September or October (following the expected announcement of a new Apple Watch) to unveil the Android equivalent.
It's all speculation at the moment, but we’ll be sure to update this section with new information once we receive it.
What will the Huawei Watch 3 look like?
While all of Huawei’s previous watches have offered a traditional circular display, a patent published by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) in April 2018 seems to suggest otherwise. As discovered by letsgodigital, the English language document is actually a continuation of two patents filed in China in 2015 and 2016.
What makes the patent interesting is the design of the smartwatch used in illustrations. The standard circular display is nowhere to be seen, and all illustrations include a square watch face similar to that of the Apple Watch. This, coupled with details about advanced watch straps and a possible gaming angle could make the Watch 3 a direct competitor to the Apple Watch.
The move from circle to square makes sense for Huawei; one of the biggest complaints about circular smartwatches is that text and images are cropped by the edges of the circle – an issue not present on the Apple Watch. It should also help set the Watch 3 apart from both its predecessors and a sea of other Wear OS-enabled smartwatches on the market.
But while the introduction of a new display is cool, it’s the straps that really make the Huawei Watch 3 worth waiting for.
What will the Huawei Watch 3 feature?
Huawei is staying pretty tight-lipped on what kind of features the Huawei Watch 3 will offer, but the WIPO patent discovered in May 2018 could offer some details. If true, the Huawei Watch 3 could be a real contender for the best smartwatch of 2018. Why? It’s all down to the alleged introduction of smart watch straps.
Interacting with small displays via touch, or even with a digital crown like the Apple Watch, isn’t an ideal experience. It’s fiddly, and in the case of touchscreen input, your fingers can cover much of the display at any one time. Huawei’s latest patent talks about a smart watch strap that can be used to interact with the smartwatch, not only for navigating the operating system and opening apps, but for playing games too.
That’s right; if the patent is about the Watch 3, chances are that it’ll have a huge focus on gaming. The patent goes into detail about how to use the strap to control games, use a virtual keyboard and even take a selfie (confirming a camera too?). The patent suggests that, with games, one side of the strap would be used to control the character, while the other side is used for interaction.
Getting down into the technical details of how this is possible, the patent includes references to a mechanical sensor and touch area on both sides of the strap. What isn’t clear is how these straps are powered, and just how bulky they are.
But the smart straps can be used for much more than gaming. Huawei envisions a plethora of ways that you’ll be able to interact with the smartwatch using no more than gestures and strap interaction, and even included a handy table in the patent filing.
We’re certainly on-board with the concept of a smart strap that allows you to interact with the watch without having to tap on the display, but we’ve got our concerns about just how bulky a watch strap with all that tech built in will be.
On a slightly different note, a separate patent approved by the WIPO seems to showcase sensors that’ll allow you to use your hand - rather than the smartwatch's small screen - for drawing gestures.