The Huawei Watch is considered by many to be one of the best Wear OS smartwatches out there, but if Huawei’s latest patent is anything to go by, the company could be preparing a new smartwatch that seriously steps things up in terms of versatility.
Mobile leaker Evan Blassposted a leaked image of a smartwatch that features a removable earbud for telephone calls. The device is referred to as the Huawei TalkBand B5, and the leak seems to corroborate an earlier rumor about a wearable that housed removable earbuds.
In early July,LetsGoDigitalspotted a patent filing for the watch and the different ways the earbuds could be stored in it. For starters, they could be stored in a spring mechanism that can open or close, or they could magnetically attach to the watch. In one example, the earbuds are even stored in the watch’s clasp.
The patent filing also goes into the earbuds themselves, noting that they could be water-resistant and feature active noise cancellation.
Of course, while there is no doubt that this is something Huaweicould do with the Huawei Watch 3, it’s another topic entirely when it comes to whether the companyshould do it. Smartwatches have already been criticized for their bulk compared to typical analog watches, and adding storage for a pair of earbuds likely won’t help much.
While we initially thought it might be a while before Huawei would launch the watch, the leaked image from Evan Blass leads us to believe it may come to market sooner than expected.
Even though the company recently launched a 2018 edition of the Huawei Watch 2, it’s still possible we could see the Huawei TalkBand B5 later this year. The company did confirm in an interview with TechRadar that it was working on a third iteration of the Huawei Watch, so it’s possible this is the model they’re referring to.
In any case, even if the watch can’t actually store earbuds in its body, it would be nice to see it ship with them. Smartwatches are becoming increasingly independent from smartphones, meaning that it can be useful to have a pair of headphones that you use with your watch when you don’t want to take your phone with you.
Updated on July 6: Added leaked images.