Chinese electronics giant Huawei has unveiled a stainless steel smartwatch, jumping into the hot market for wearable technology just weeks before Apple is expected to bring its own version to consumers.
The Huawei Watch, the Chinese company's first entry into the wearables market, runs on Google's Android wear and has a 1.4 inch round touchscreen face. The device was unveiled at Mobile World Congress on Sunday.
"We have responded to consumers' requests from around the world asking for a smartwatch featuring a timeless design that is truly smart from within," Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group.
The Huawei Watch has a scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, a heart rate monitor, and can detect the type of activity in which a user is engaged, such as running or cycling. It connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and can show notifications from texts and emails.
Huawei plans to release the device in 20 markets, but did not give immediate details of availability or pricing.
The company is aiming at the premium end of the market, and joins an increasing number of device makers looking to create trendy wearable gear. Last week, LG unveiled the Urbane, a smartwatch it described as "luxury."