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.
When is the Huawei Watch 3 release date?
The Huawei Watch 3 was a no-show at MWC 2018, however, and CEO Richard Yu has told Tech Radar that although it is working on a smartwatch it is in no rush to launch it because the second-gen Watch sells well.
Yu told TechRadar: “It will come later - there’s no hurry because Huawei Watch 2 sells well. We’re not in a hurry, so we’re launching the new watch later."
We suspect we're unlikely to hear any Huawei Watch 3 news until the announcement of Android Wear 3.0, so MWC 2019 might be a more likely time frame.
What new features should we expect from the Huawei Watch 3?
The Huawei Watch is an Android Wear watch, which hasn't seen any big changes since Android Wear 2.0. It seems probable that we will hear news on Android Wear 3.0 at Google I/O 2018, which is expected to take place on 16 May but has not yet been confirmed, and the Huawei Watch 3 will then run the new operating system.
Things we'd hope to see in Android Wear 3.0 (which would also be seen in the Huawei Watch 3) include better efficiency and longer battery life, enhanced performance and more apps. Improved support for iOS would also be welcome, allowing devices such as the Huawei Watch 3 to be seen as a proper alternative to the Apple Watch for iPhone owners.
We'd also like to be able to unlock a Windows or Mac PC with our Android Wear watches, and use it to cast content such as music.
Updates specific to a new Huawei Watch might include a universal charging port or wireless charging, and a turnable bezel. Huawei has in fact recently patented a touchscreen bezel, which could be a potential feature for its next watch.
According to the document, which has been approved by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the edge of the watch would have eight touch-sensitive zones. These can be tapped in various combinations to send commands that would otherwise require Huawei to add more buttons.
Another patent approved by the WIPO is for sensors that allow you to use your hand rather than the smartwatch's small screen for drawing gestures.
Huawei Wear, the companion app, could also use some love: it's very basic and requires you to download additional apps such as Huawei Health to access greater functionality.
We'll add more rumours to this article as we hear them.
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