Chinese smartphone maker Huawei unveiled its fancy-schmancy new (and first-ever) smart watch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, a week before Apple planned on making public the details for its own new digital watch.
The wearable Android device boasts voice recognition functions and can be used to receive calls and check emails, among other features. It appears like a luxury watch, leading TechCrunch to describe it as “easily one of the best looking devices ever to sport Google’s wearable software platform.”
“We are the newcomer for the smart phone devices, but as we grow rapidly we want to take a lead,” Huawei CEO Richard Yu said at the mobile tech event.
“We’re trying to make Huawei a more fashionable brand,” he said in a Verge report, adding that the design of Apple’s new device is “good, it’s okay, but I think their smart watch design is not a traditional, classical one. Our design is differentiated from them. Many people love this style; people have a loyalty to the tradition.”
Huawei plans on selling the watch in 20 countries, but release dates and pricing have not yet been disclosed.
Huawei was the third largest smartphone maker in the world in the second quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC.