Huawei @ IFA: Huawei Watch D uses a discrete pump for blood pressure + MateBook X Pro, MatePad Pro, and Nova 10 Pro launch

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Huawei may not have the presence in the western consumer market that they once did, but they still churn out some amazing and often innovative hardware.

At IFA, they have launched several new products, with the Watch D being the most interesting.

Huawei Watch D with wrist-type ECG and blood pressure monitoring device

  • Launched on the European market as a certified medical device, so users can trust that the information they are getting from their wearable device is accurate
  • The WATCH D includes an innovative system that measures the user’s blood pressure – a critical indicator of overall health
  • Equipped with a medically certified electrocardiogram (ECG) function – a simple test to record the heart’s rhythm and electrical activity
  • The first wrist-type ECG and blood pressure monitoring device
  • Weighs just 40.9g and has an impressive 7-day battery life
  • HUAWEI WATCH D also supports heart rate monitoring, scientific sleep monitoring, all day Sp02 monitoring, skin temperature detection, stress monitoring and is equipped with more than 70 workout modes
  • WATCH D (RRP £399.99) will be available to purchase in the UK from the Huawei Store from October

For a start, the Huawei Watch D name should be all capitalised, but I refuse to write content where it looks like I am shouting the product name to you.

Ignoring that gripe, the Huawei Watch D is an interesting watch, I think I need to see it and use it before I am convinced how good it is.

It is not the first watch on the market that offers ECG or blood pressure. The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 and others already do this. But, the Huawei Watch D is the first consumer watch that I am aware of that uses a discrete mini pump and airbag to carry out blood pressure measurements.

This should make it the most accurate smartwatch with blood pressure measurements on the market. This is quite important, it is very easy to get bad results from blood pressure readings and being misdiagnosed with high blood pressure can be quite stressful or missing a diagnosis is not good for your health.

The reason why I am unsure of this watch is that the mini pump and airbag is inevitably going to add a lot of bulk.

The watch dimensions are: 51 × 38 × 13.6 mm and 40.9 g. This is not much different from the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, that’s not as tall, but wider due to the circular design. It is, however, 3mm thinner, which could be quite noticeable on a watch.

The Watch D will be launched on the European market as a certified medical device, so users can trust that the information they are getting from their wearable device is accurate. This will likely make it appealing to anyone that has a history of high blood pressure.

Even if it is quite bulky to wear, it is likely a small price to pay for regular easy-to-do blood pressure readings.

You then have the ECG function, which works about the same as other devices on the market, you hold one finger on the heath button, and it takes a reading. This should complement the blood pressure readings well.

This watch appears to have a  few more general health functions in the app, such as daily health checking in and sharing health data with people. Again, this is ideal for people with pre-existing conditions.

Beyond that, it is mostly the same as other Huawei watches, including built-in GPS with tracking for 70 different workouts.

Huawei  MateBook X Pro 

  • Huawei’s latest lightweight smart flagship laptop
  • A beautiful metallic matt finish
  • Weighs just 1.26kg, making it highly portable and durable
  • 14.2-inch 3.1K FullView display and boasts the most advanced touchpad ever found on a MateBook
  • Equipped with a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, the chipset features all-new hybrid architecture that’s 60% more efficient than its predecessor
  • The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is the first-ever laptop to obtain the TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort 3.0 Certification, after passing 17 stringent tests
  • MateBook X Pro (Ink Blue colourway, Intel Core i7, 1TB Storage, RRP £1799.99) will be available from the Huawei Store and selected retailers from 3rd September. Customers who purchase from the Huawei Store between 3rd and 30th September will receive a free HUAWEI MateView monitor (while stocks last).

Not much to say about this one. It is the latest flagship laptop from Huawei that has been updated with the 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P Processor.

It has a 1TB NVme drive, 16GB RAM, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4/USB4, and it supports WiFi 6E.

It looks perfect for anyone that needs to work on the move.

Huawei nova 10 & nova 10 Pro

  • Developed with a focus on the latest photography trends – With the HUAWEI Multi-Vision Photography, the nova 10 Pro sports high-quality dual front camera lenses. One lens features the industry’s first front-facing 60MP Ultra-Wide Autofocus Camera, supporting 100-degree wide angle and 4K video quality
  • The front-facing 8MP Portrait Close-up Camera, another industry’s first, supports 2X optical zoom and up to 5X digital zoom
  • HUAWEI nova 10 Pro comes with a thickness of 7.88mm and weighs at 191g and the nova 10 is even slimmer and lighter, with a thickness of 6.88mm and weighs at 168g
  • The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro only takes 10 minutes to charge from 20% up to 80%, while fully charging the phone in just 20 minutes
  • HUAWEI nova 10 (RRP £429.99) and nova 10 Pro (RRP £629.99) will be available to purchase in the UK from the Huawei Store in the coming months 

The Huawei nova 10 is similar to the Honor 70, but uses the slightly slower Snapdragon 778G, which is 4G only. Then it has a 50 MP primary camera which is different to the IMX800 on the Honor. The selfie camera is 60MP ultrawide vs a basic 32MP wide. The battery is quite small at 4000mAh, but it has fast 66W charging.

The Nova 10 Pro then adds a second 8MP portrait selfie camera and increases the battery to 4500mAh and 100W charging.

 Huawei MatePad Pro

  • 11-inch OLED HUAWEI FullView Display with a 120 Hz high refresh rate, for smoother content presentation
  • Weighing just 449g and as slim as 5.9mm, the ultra-light and ultra-thin device also comes equipped with HUAWEI SOUND® for the first time, delivering truly cinematic entertainment experiences
  • A category-leading 92% screen-to-body ratio
  • The first tablet to receive German TÜV Rheinland Full Care Display 3.0 certification. It also utilises a hardware solution to reduce blue light, helping to protect users’ eyes
  • The first device to support Huawei Notes. This note-taking app comes with powerful editing capabilities that integrate multiple editing and type-setting tools
  • A 12.6-inch version of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro will also be available
  • The MatePad Pro UK pricing and availability will be announced in due course

The Android tablet market is lacking at best, and Huawei is one of the few brands making good quality high spec tablets. You obviously don’t get Google, but I feel like it is easier to live without it on a tablet.

This has either the  Snapdragon 870 or Snapdragon 888, depending on the variant, so one of the most powerful tablets on the market, unless you go for the premium-priced Samsung options.

Unfortunately, there is no word on UK price or availability yet. But it does look like it will be launched at some point.

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