Huawei CEO: "I am confused as to what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones"

At Mobile World Congress in February, Huawei announced the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic, a pair of Android Wear 2.0 devices. But those thinking of purchasing one of the two new wearables might think again after comments made by the company's chief executive officer, Eric Xu Zhijun.

Yesterday, Xu admitted that he didn't see the point of smartwatches at Huawei's Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China. "I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones," he said. According to the South China Morning Post, he said that he would never dream of wearing one himself.

He told reporters and analysts:

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.

It remains to be seen what impact, if any, Xu's comments will have on those considering buying a Huawei Watch 2 - but if even the CEO of the company that makes those devices can't see the point of them, it's sure to raise a doubt or two among potential buyers.

Source: South China Morning Post

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