As was expected (thanks to an advertisement spotted in the Barcelona Airport), Huawei came out this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to announce its first entry into the Android Wear race: the Huawei Watch.

A first impression of the device might quickly lead you to believe that this is one of the most—if not the most—attractive Android Wear devices to launch, and based on what Huawei’s shown us, this thing might just be worthy of such a judgment…

The idea of the round smartwatch isn’t exactly new as we’ve seen both the famed Moto 360 come from Motorola and the LG G Watch R (as well as the more recent LG Watch Urbane) come from LG. This watch is probably the closest that Android Wear devices have come to looking like traditional watches, though, packing attractive traditional (and interchangeable) strap options, a stainless steel case, and a sapphire crystal lens.

As for specs, the Huawei Watch packs a 1.4-inch screen in a 42mm body with a resolution of 400 x 400 at 286 pixels per inch. The device packs 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of on-board storage, as well as a slew of sensors including a gyroscope + accelerometer, PPG (photoplethysmogram), and a barometer. There’s a built-in mic (for Google Now, of course), a 300 mAh battery, and the device comes in black, silver or gold. Lastly, Huawei touts that they’ve built their own apps on top of Android Wear, including one for fitness tracking.

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Overall, this might be the current winner if you’re looking to jump into the Android Wear space. All of this said, though, you’re going to have to wait until this summer to wear this device, and there’s not much pricing information available just yet. Keep an eye on 9to5Google, as we’ll be getting our hands on this device and bringing you some video footage soon.

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