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Huawei CEO Makes Shocking Comments About Smartwatches

by Jed John 3

When the Deputy Chairman of a company’s Investment Review Board sees no future for a product which his company has invested heavily on and is in its second generation, it usually leaves us in a state of confusion. That is the case with the Huawei smartwatch presently. According to South China Morning Post, Huawei CEO Eric Xu has expressed his doubts about the prospects of smartwatches in the face of the booming smartphone market.

Huawei Watch 2

Mr Xu, who also doubles as  Rotating CEO, was responding to a question on whether the development of end-user products like smartwatches would stifle its smartphone business. This was at the company’s Global Analyst Summit 2017 held in Shenzhen on Tuesday. “I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones…..Therefore, when the smartwatch team in Huawei presents their ideas to me with great excitement, I keep reminding them to consider whether there are tangible needs [for these products] in the market,” the CEO was quoted to have said.

But come on, Huawei has two smartwatches in its kitty! The latest version, Huawei Watch 2, was released barely a month ago packing Google’s latest Android Wear 2.0. Perhaps, Mr Xu’s confusion stems from the fact that the smartwatch comes with a SIM card slot and so can be used to make or receive calls. The first generation of Huawei smartwatch powered by Android Wear was released in 2015.

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Moreso, the smartwatch market has not grown as fast as it was anticipated to do and similar views have repeatedly been expressed by many analysts and smartphone company executives, who are still wondering when, or even if, smartwatches will catch on with the general public. Hopefully, that breakthrough moment would land soon and Huawei wouldn’t like to be left out of the party when the boom time arrives. Perhaps, that is what is sustaining its current efforts in the development of more wearables.


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  • Fábio

    I think like him “what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones”

  • Raky_b

    What’s shocking there!?.
    Guy is with both feets on a ground!

    Smart watches can be just addons to the phone… No no one really needs them.
    Especially not new on every year or two…

    If i would spend 500$ on a watch, that should be something that would last a years (and battery should last at least a month)… So, “smart watch” is out of the picture here… And for less than that money… They can make, and offer me only a toy, which i don’t have any interest in.

    It comes with no aftersale value… And that toy i just to be thrown in garbage after a year or two.

    When i think about watch, it is device that shows time… It could be used to count steps, hart beat, meybe vibrate on calls and messages (don’t see points of reading in or answering on them on such small device), it could be used to manage music so we don’t have to take phone out of pockets… But my wireless headset have all controls on them…so, even this is not something that is worth of paying.
    So, buy a Swiss watch, and use a phone… 20$ smart band will do for all who needs more.

  • Rolly

    He is being honest . For me to buy one it would need to have a battery that lasts a week ,until they do I won’t buy one l don’t want another device that I need to charge every night I already have enough of those .ipad iPhone android phone laptop etc . I especially like the Huawei watches just improve the batteries to last a week at least .