MWC 2017: Huawei P10, P10 Plus, Watch 2 Hands-on: Huawei Watch 2 Hands-onBy cheatmaster 10:55 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments
Huawei Watch 2 hands-on
When it comes to Android Wear, Huawei pretty much won the specs race pretty early with the original Huawei Watch. That, however, was all the way back in 2015 and the Google-powered Android realm has been rather docile even since. For quite some time, major market players like LG, Motorola and Huawei themselves decided to haged a low profile and wait things out. However, now that the smoke has finally cleared on Android Wear 2.0 and the future of the Operating System (OS) is looking colorful once again, the Chinese titan decided to strike and strike hard.
The Huawei Watch 2 was unveiled at MWC 2017 in two distinct flavors - a 20mm basic one and 22mm Classic. Going by specs alone, the Huawei Watch 2 looks to be out to set another yardstick in Android Wear territory.
There are at least a few fascinating concepts in the Huawei Watch 2 worth noting. Starting off with design, Huawei has opted for a pretty clear segmentation between its sporty and elegant offers. The basic Watch 2 is made from mixed plastic materials. This, coupled with a selection of colorful and vibrant colors and rubberized rugged straps, does assist create a wearable that begs to be a part of your active lifestyle.
Huawei Watch 2
Dynamic Orange, Carbon Black, Concrete Grey won't really go well with a suit. This is clearly a conscious step on Huawei's and it has all the potential to break any prejudice future buyers might have for taking their shiny recent wearable out on a jog. This also ties in well with Huawei's recent dedicated Training mode, which enables real-time heart-rate tracking and GPS and can haged them going for up to 10 hours of activity at a time.
Huawei Watch 2 official photos
The basic Huawei Watch is also smaller, with a lug width of 20mm and naturally cheaper - staring at EUR 329. It can easily go up from there as well, depending on the hardware variant. The main differentiating factor is 4G LTE support. You can acquire the plastic Huawei Watch 2 in a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) only version or an LTE one (But not the Classic). Choosing one over the other naturally leaves its imprint on battery life, as well as weight - 40 grams for the Bluetooth only and 43 grams for LTE.
The LTE version also has a recent nifty trick worth mentioning. It can either be used with its embedded eSIM, or, alternatively, with a normal nano SIM card. The slot for the latter is hidden underneath one of the straps.
Huawei Watch 2
Other than that, most of the internals are shared withing the entire Huawei Watch 2 range, the Classic included. You acquire a perfectly round, 1.2-inch AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel, with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels. This adds up to a pixel density of 326ppi - a pretty sharp panel, indeed. Fans might notice this is a slight downgrade from the original Huawei Watch and its 1.4-inch, 400 x 400 pixel display.
In contrast, most other specs have been improved. The Huawei Watch 2 uses the elegant Qualcomm MSM8909W Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. Like the name suggests, it is specifically designed for smartwatch use, with many improvements to efficiency, thermals and size. It is paired with 768Mega Bytes (MB) of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 4GB of storage, around 2.3GB of which are user accessible.
Huawei Watch 2
Other notable specs include Bluetooth 4.1 + LE, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, built-in independent GPS + GLONASS for tracking, a continuous heart rate monitor and a slew of other sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, CAP capacitance sensor, ALS/ambient light sensor, geomagnetic sensor. It is all powered by a 420 mAh battery, which is rated for around 2 days of normal utilize and charges via exposed pins on the back on the unit.
So, if you are in it for the activity tracking, the basic Huawei Watch 2 is definitely the correct choice. However, Huawei isn't ready to give up on its elegance and high-style reputation either. That is where the Huawei Watch 2 Classic comes in. Its body is a bid bigger, with a lug size of 22mm, although the display is the same. It is also made of 316L stainless steel with a few plastic bits here and there.
Huawei Watch 2
Its lines are slicker, the chronograph double-crown design promptly on display, as well as the ceramic bezel. Its straps not only utilize a wider attachment point, but also go for elegant leather and stitching, in place of hardened rubber.
Besides the optional LTE, the Watch 2 Classic packs everything its sporty sibling does. If you are up for it, you can just as easily hold it out for a run as well.
On the software side of things, both versions of the Huawei Watch 2 come with Android Wear 2.0. This is pretty exciting as well, since the latest iteration of Google's wearable Operating System (OS) is now more phone-independent than ever. Dedicated Wear apps can function on their own, accessing the watch's hardware directly. A double microphone and speaker setup, also gives developers the software freedom to utilize the Huawei Watch 2 as a fully-fledged connected smart device, capable of multimedia and communications.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic
To top things off, you won't have to wait too long to acquire your hands on a shiny recent Huawei Watch 2. It will go on sale in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and China this March, staring at EUR 329. A wider release will follow in April, including the US, UK, India, Australia, South Africa and most of Europe, to name a few.
Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design
Oh and one last thing. Huawei did extdiscontinue its ongoing partnership with Porsche Design to wearables as well. The Huawei Watch 2 will also be offered in an exclusive Porsche tier.
The recent Huawei Watch 2 series are another well-done job and worthy successors. Beautiful, powerful, and independent is what describes them best, but they are also packed with various features which may tip the scales in their favor. Watch 2 has every chance to become the yardstick in the Android Wear segment if Huawei plays its cards right.
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