Huawei might soon have a new top-end smartwatch to rival the Apple Watch 6

Huawei Watch GT 2e
Huawei Watch GT 2e (Image credit: Future)

Huawei has plenty of smartwatch lines, with its Watch GT series and the Magic Watch line of its Honor sub-brand, but it seems the company might be about to add another range to that roster with a new top-end smartwatch.

This is according to Chinese trademarks spotted by MyFixGuide, which show Huawei is considering a product called the 'Huawei Mate Watch'. This seems to be based on the Mate name which houses the company's top-end products, such as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro smartphone.

'Huawei Mate Watch' then could be a new top-end smartwatch (not a scheme whereby it studies your friends). Huawei's current wearables like the Huawei Watch GT 2 are reasonably affordable devices, and going by this new name it's possible the company wants to rival the upcoming Apple Watch 6 with a truly premium device.

What makes a premium watch?

A criticism we frequently level at Huawei and Honor watches is the lack of third-party apps, and a deficit of lifestyle apps and customization options. The addition of some of these features would help elevate the Huawei Mate Watch.

However, beyond that and a few obvious features like NFC it's not clear how the Huawei Mate Watch will build on the Watch GT formula to make for a device that's much more premium.

If such a wearable is in the works though then we might find out soon. The most likely release date is around September or October - that's when we're expecting to see the Huawei Mate 40 smartphone, and it would make sense for the company to launch its Mate smartwatch along with the similarly-named smartphones.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.