Huawei's Watch 2 launched earlier last year to less-than-stellar reviews (see our own review of the smartwatch here), so it only makes sense for the Chinese OEM to think of an innovative approach for its next-generation smartwatch dubbed the Watch 3. Huawei appears to be doing just that by mulling the addition of built-in Bluetooth earbuds to its next smartwatch, as suggested by a new patent recently approved by the World Intellectual Property Office.
The patent, first spotted by LetsGoDigital, shows a number of options for integrating the Bluetooth earbuds into the smartwatch. The storage options include using a spring-release mechanism for locking the earbuds to either side of the Watch 3 face and attaching the earbuds magnetically to the smartwatch band.
The Bluetooth earbuds are also supposed to let the wearer make and answer calls and control the volume without lifting a wrist. It's also possible that the earbuds are water-resistant and include a noise-canceling feature, the patent shows.
While not much is known about Huawei's next-generation smartwatch, including its launch date, the patent seems to provide some clue as to what's going to improve in the Watch 3. Keep in mind, though, that this is only a patent: Huawei could decide to either push the concept to production or ditch it completely.