Following its parent company Huawei, Honor has also announced a smartwatch – Honor Watch Magic – in China which is less fancier, cheaper, and is essentially a toned-down version of the Huawei Watch GT. The Honor Watch Magic will retail at a starting price of RMB 899 (approximately Rs 9,000), which is RMB 400 less than Huawei’s smartwatch.
The Honor Watch Magic comes in two variants – a Lava Red color variant with silicone strap for RMB 899 (approximately Rs 9,000), and a Moonlight Silver variant with leather strap at RMB 999 (approximately Rs 10,000). At present, Honor is only selling the Watch Magic in China through Vmall, JD.com. Tmall, and Suning. It is globally expected to launch the smartwatch in January, 2019.
In terms of design, Honor Watch Magic looks similar to Huawei’s Watch GT. It features a slightly smaller 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a 390×390 resolution instead of 1.39-inch AMOLED seen on the Watch GT. The dial is made of stainless steel frame, and users will have option of choosing from multiple watch faces.
The Honor Watch Magic is thinner too. The dial body thickness is just 9.8mm, where as the Watch GT was 10.6mm. You have option of silicone or leather bands. These are 22mm bands, which are easily swappable. The watch is also water-proof up to 50 metres (5 ATM).
The smartwatch is based on Huawei‘s proprietary LiteOS platform. It uses a dual-chip technology – one high-performance chip, and an energy efficient chip. In terms of features, the Honor Watch Magic gets fitness tracking sensors, a heart-rate monitor, built-in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and NFC. As of now in China, the Watch Magic supports Huawei Pay, AliPay and bus cards with NFC payement.
It can track activities such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, mountaineering, and more. Honor says that it also has a built-in coach for workout sessions. The Watch Magic also has TruSleep 2.0 which can monitor your sleep data of eight different patterns along with six types of sleep disorders. It will also provide up to 200 types of sleep suggestions. Furthermore, it can provide 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and can give real-time feedback/suggestions, claims Honor.
Lastly, it also gets a smaller battery than Huawei Watch GT. The battery is 178mAh, which much smaller in comparison to 420mAh, although Honor claims it to be sufficient for a week’s time.