Apart from several Android smartphones, Haier has also introduced a brand new smartwatch at the on-going Mobile World Congress. Called Haier Watch (yup), it is running on Google platform as expected but instead of Android Wear, the new watch actually runs on full-fledged Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Despite having a smartphone operating system, the watch does not come with cellular connectivity. The watch doesn’t even have Wi-Fi but it still able to communicate with smartphone through Bluetooth 4.0. With a built-in microphone and speaker, users are able to use Haier Watch to make and answer calls.
In terms of hardware, the Haier Watch is built with a 1.4-inch display that has a resolution of 400 x 400 alongside 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, and heartrate sensor. Aside from them, information regarding other hardware components within the watch is still under wraps at the moment.
Design-wise, Haier Watch looks more like a traditional watch due to its circular chassis that is made from 316L stainless steels together with its crown which acts as its screen lock and power button. Available in gold, silver, and black, users are free to wear Haier Watch with either leather, steel, or silicone band.
Haier has also designed the smartwatch to be water and dust resistant, conforming to the IP56 standard. Schedule for release in selected market this April, it will come with a price tag of EUR 200 (about RM 929) although we don’t expect it to be made available in Malaysia given Haier’s different focus in our market.