The Watch Ultra from Huawei is a durable, fashionable smartwatch

Although Huawei may not be welcome in the US, the corporation is nevertheless releasing products for the rest of the world. The Watch Ultimate, its most recent product, is an ultra-premium wearable designed for extreme sports enthusiasts who desire a statement piece on their wrist. The Ultimate has two pushers, one top left and the other bottom right, with a spinning crown located on the top right, similar to a Submariner or Seamaster. The cases, which come in blue and black, are covered in “innovative zirconium-based liquid metal material,” which sounds a lot like the LiquidMetal-brand alloy used in many contemporary Omega watches.

Depending on the watch face you choose, you’ll have a different strap option; the more expensive blue option comes with a titanium alloy band. If you choose black, you’ll receive an HNBR (rubber) band in both normal and extended lengths, perfect for scuba diving. Huawei is heavily promoting the Watch Ultimate for this reason, claiming that it has a typical dive depth of 100 metres but can survive up to 24 hours at depths of 110 metres. For technical divers, Huawei included a number of additional software features, although it’s unclear how many deep-diving experts would switch from their mechanical watch to a digital one.

A 1.5-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a 466 × 466 resolution and a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits is hidden inside the case and is covered by a 2.3mm sapphire glass crystal. The only significant differences are a China-only Golf mode and the previously mentioned diving-specific features. It runs Harmony OS and has the same functionality as the current Watch GT series of wearables.

Battery life is another element that has received a lot of hype; Huawei claims that with moderate use, you can get 14 days out of it. With what I’d consider more typical use, you should aim for closer to eight days of use from the item. The business did not specify how long you would last if, for example, you went for a long run while using GPS, but we anticipate that the 530mAh cell would last long enough for most people to finish a marathon, for example.

There are the customary array of fitness monitoring tools under the Huawei brand in addition to partnerships with Strava and Runtastic. That includes its built-in ECG and continuous SpO2 monitoring, along with its TruSeen 5.0 heart-rate monitoring and TruSleep 3.0 sleep tracking. There is a brand-new Expedition Mode as well, which makes use of dual-band GPS to keep track of your whereabouts no matter how far you veer off the trail. According to Huawei, you can charge the battery from empty to full in 60 minutes and from 25 percent to full in just 10 minutes.

Huawei won’t make a price announcement until April 2nd, the day before it goes on sale in the UK and Europe. However, we do know that there won’t be an LTE-capable device or any emergency calling features; Bluetooth will be the only available connectivity. Of course, the typical disclaimers apply to any recent Huawei purchase.