Huawei Watch 2 with 25 Day Battery Life Announced
Huawei today announced the Huawei Watch 2 at MWC, its followup to the largely-successful Huawei Watch which originally launched in 2015. But the Chinese company is actually launched two successors today: a sportier model with silicone straps and LTE, and a “Classic” model.
The watches are almost identical on paper, both featuring a 1.2-inch display coming in at a resolution of 390 x 390. They both pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor (which has become pretty common in Android Wear watches), and they’re both powered by 420mAh batteries along with 4GB Internal Memory.
The standard Huawei Watch 2 is more of a sporty version, with a rubberized band and bigger bezel around the screen. It’s available in a variety of colors, including a striking bright orange, and has a 4G-capable version alongside the standard version that has just Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Watch 2 Classic is surprisingly different in its overall design from the original Huawei Watch. Gone are the sleek and smooth edges.
Both watches are IP68 waterproof and have extensive exercise-tracking features. These include things like fat-burning and cardio presets, working out with music (the watch has a built-in speaker and can store up to 2GB of music) and dynamic heart rate monitoring, with the sensor updating your heartbeat every second. The watch also has two physical buttons, one of which immediately takes you to the workout app.
Both the watches feature wide range of connectivity options like NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth and even GPS. Thanks to independent mobile connectivity and a built in GPS chip, users can respond to calls and text messages, use independent apps like Uber, Foursquare and Telegram. The innovative design means that this extra connectivity comes with no sacrifice on quality. VoLTE support and dual-mic noise elimination help ensure a stable and clear calling experience. Obviously, the two watches run Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
Interestingly, Huawei also announced a Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch, which of course builds on the Porsche Design partnership most recently shown off with the Mate 9. Details about the Porsche version aren’t yet clear though.
The main selling point, though, is the watch’s battery life. The Huawei Watch 2 has a special watch mode that can display the time and track steps for up to 25 days.
The Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic are going to be available starting in March for €329, with Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and China being the first markets. The U.S., UK, Russia and Australia will get on board starting in April.