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Huawei Ships 1st Smart Watch

Huawei’s first smart watch, unveiled early this year, will be available in six models priced from $349 to $799 for a rose-gold-plated model with link bracelet.

U.S. consumers can now pre-order the Huawei Watch on, Google Store, and General availability and pre-order shipments will begin Sept. 17.

The stainless-steel and black models are available for pre-order today, with rose gold models available later this year.

The Android Wear features a 42mm-diameter circular design, 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED 400 by 400 pixel display, and ability to display 40 different watch faces. Different watch straps are available. The watch tracks calories burned, heart rate, climbing height, steps taken, distance traveled, and sleep time.

The watch works with iOS phones and Android phones, including Huawei’s new flagship Huawei Mate S, which features a full metal shell, a 5.5-inch AMOLED FHD screen with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, arched back, and side edges measuring only 2.65 millimeters. It will be available in more than 30 countries later this year, but a decision on selling into the U.S. hasn’t been firmed up.

The Android phone is touted for its user interface features. They include Force Touch technology, which lets users complete different actions by applying different levels of pressure on the touchscreen. Fingerprint Sense 2.0 technology is said to be faster and more sensitive to improve recognition speeds by 100 percent. Users can also quickly switch between apps by drawing a shortcut letter on the screen. And Knuckle Sense 2.0 technology lets users elect features and functions by tapping the screen with a knuckle.

The phone’s camera features are also promoted as offering professional-grade shots via a 13-megapixel main camera with four-color RGBW imaging sensor, optical image stabilizer, dual color-temperature LED flash lights, and independent image signal processor units.

The 32GB model is priced at 649 euros, and the 64GB version is 699 euros.