The original Huawei Watch was a hit and deemed by many to be the best Android Wear device on the market. While this may be the case, other companies like Motorola began to pull out of the smartwatch market or reduce their output. Despite seeing stagnating sales in recent years, a report issued by IDC stated that smartwatch sales were not only set to increase but set to double by 2021. It appears the tides are changing when it comes to smartwatches and sales are starting to pick up. As a result of increased sales and the Huawei Watch 2 being a success, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu has told TechRadar that the Huawei Watch 3 is currently in the works, but the company is taking their time with it.
When asked about the next Huawei Watch release, 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 haven’t heard anything about the new Huawei Watch 3 despite the rumor mill still remaining active for other devices. We’ve seen all manner of leaks in recent months, from minor to major, but none really have pertained to the smartwatch. It’s likely we won’t see it launch with the Huawei P20, which is going to be unveiled at the company’s press event on March 27th. It seems that the earliest unveiling we may see at a big event would be at IFA 2018 in Berlin at the end of August. Huawei launched the Kirin 970 at IFA last year, so the company is no stranger to the convention.
Either way, we have confirmation that the device is being worked on even if it’s not necessarily launching soon. It’s also interesting to note that Motorola’s statement largely has the same meaning as Huawei’s, except both have temporarily left the market for different reasons. Now the only question remains will the Huawei Watch 3 be like the original or be more sports-oriented like the second iteration?