It looks like the way that the Huawei Watch D will deliver blood pressure monitoring from the wrist won’t be as groundbreaking as we first anticipated.
That’s according to video that’s emerged seemingly showing off the watch that has yet to be formally announced along with explaining how it will deliver its key health monitoring skill.
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That video (which you can see below) shows that the Watch D will require an additional strap accessory that clips underneath to the watch strap and inflates like a cuff-style monitor to deliver those blood pressure readings.
Wearers will also need to wear the watch on their left side only and will need to be seated and to raise their left hand across the chest to take a reading.
So it seems that despite initial speculation that Huawei may have possibly cracked delivering blood pressure monitoring from a watch without additional devices, this video suggests otherwise.
This is a different approach to the way the Samsung delivers blood pressure monitoring from its Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch Active 2 and newer Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatches. While they can take readings using onboard optical sensors without additional devices, it does require a traditional blood pressure monitor cuff to initially calibrate the watch. That calibration also needs to be repeated every 3-4 weeks to ensure data is reliable.
Outside of explaining how the blood pressure feature will work, there’s some rumored specs details with the Watch D set to apparently pack 32GB of RAM with 4GB of storage. It will apparently come in priced that when converted works out to around $470. If accurate, that means the Watch D is going to be a pricey watch to invest in.
Previous speculation suggests it will run run on Huawei’s HarmonyOS software platform, which debuted on its Huawei Watch 3 smartwatch and was also included on its Huawei Watch GT3 smartwatch.
The Huawei Watch D is expected to launch imminently in China. If it does, it will certainly be intriguing if this one makes it out further afield and if the technology will be embraced in future versions of Huawei’s Watch and Watch GT series smartwatches.