MWC 2017: Huawei Watch 2 announced with sporty design

Thomas Wellburn
February 28, 2017

The Chinese company showed off the new Huawei Watch 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which boasts a sportier design and nanoSIM slot.

Running on Android 2.0, it features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and much larger 420mAh battery. These are big bumps that should greatly help with battery life, with the processor alone using 25 percent less power when connected versus last generation. RAM has also been increased to 768MB. The 4G version of the Huawei Watch 2 has an additional nanoSIM cellular connection behind the watch band, allowing users to send messages and make calls without needing to be in Bluetooth range of their phone.

The design of the Huawei Watch 2 is a radical departure from last years model, featuring a design more akin to the LG Watch Sport. Two versions are available, the The “Huawei Watch 2” and the “Huawei Watch 2 Classic.” The latter carries a more traditional design, comprised of a metal band and finish. Both feature 1.2-inch circular AMOLED screens with a resolution of 390×390 pixels, though the lack of a crown for navigation is a little disappointing.

Fitness is an important part of the Huawei Watch 2, with the bottom button providing an instant shortcut to the fitness features. Smarter living , performance coaching and tracking applications make a return, though this button can also be reprogrammed for any other mode thanks to the Android Wear 2.0 functionality. It’s also fully IP68 water resistant, meaning a few splashes shouldn’t do that much harm. We wouldn’t advise wearing it in the pool however.

Other features include fast-charge, allowing it to go from empty to full in less than an hour, plus native Android Pay support thanks to a built-in NFC chip.

The watch will go on sale from in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and China from March and will be released to the UK, US, Russia and Australia in April.

Via Mobile News

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