Huawei Watch 2 hands on
The standard model uses a thermoplastic case, with ceramic bezel, and interchangeable silicone straps that will endure the sweat of your workout. The Classic, on the other hand, uses stainless steel and leather strap options. Both models have a 1.2-inch AMOLED 390 x 390 display, which looked bright and vibrant. The display is a little small, especially so considering the size of the bezel, which I keep expecting to be able to rotate. As the display is recessed, it also makes swiping in from the edge of the screen a little awkward.
Both also have 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and IP68 water resistance. The company is also promising “continuous heart rate, all day long, 24/7” heart rate monitoring, which, if the battery can stand up to it, will be a great feature for quantitative health enthusiasts.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic review
A fitness-focussed smartwatch in a similar vein to the LG Watch Sport or Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, it’s bigger, bolder and far more sporty than the original, slightly formal Huawei Watch. Both models feature a 1.2-inch 390×390-pixel resolution circular display. Unlike the original Huawei Watch, which was protected with scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass, this year it has been swapped out for Gorilla Glass 3, which Huawei said reduces the weight of the watch. But they’re also thicker than the original Huawei Watch.
Fitness and smart coaching
The GPS in the Huawei Watch 2 allows it to measure pace, distance and speed when running or biking. Unlike the first-generation Huawei Watch, which only offered on-demand heart-rate, the new model will continuously track heart rate similar to the Fitbit Charge 2. Huawei also partnered with First Beat, a company that specializes in physiological analytics for sports and well-being, to provide various run-coaching features.
The Android Wear watch to beat
The original Huawei Watch was my favorite Android Wear smartwatch, while I’m not the biggest fan of the tachymeter-like scale around the bezel, the new model has almost all of the features I look for in a watch. With the recent rollout of Android Wear 2.0, and a week of MWC announcements ahead, it’s round two of which manufacturer can create the best-looking smartwatch that runs nearly identical software. It’s going to be a closely fought contest, we’ve already seen LG’s efforts with the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, and now its Huawei’s turn.
Features of Huawei Watch 2 hands on
Huawei Watch 2 design and build quality
Over the past two years Huawei has made a lot of progress in terms of developing its smartwatches. In terms of design, the Sport variant of the Huawei Watch 2 is quite a step away from the fashion focused first-generation Huawei Watch. The Huawei Watch 2 Classic, which we didn’t get a change to test in our hands-on, is made of metal with a leather strap. In other news, Huawei has retained the characteristic round shape it has used in all its smartwatches to date.
Huawei Watch 2 display
The new Huawei Watch features a 1.4-inch display and 390 x 390 resolution, and is covered in Gorilla Glass 3. Since these are sportier, they also have IP68 certification for staying dry in outdoor activities. That said, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to go for a swim with it. After all, this certification also applies for its LTE-capabilities and nano-SIM card slot.
Huawei Watch 2 software
In terms of software, the Huawei Watch 2 boasts the latest version of Android Wear, aka Android Wear 2.0. Due to the standalone capabilities offered by the new version of Android Wear, it also features its own built-in app store for users to browse and download apps directly to the Watch without the need for a paired smartphone. As result we find the new Android Wear interface with its new app drawer and practical features, especially those catering for the sports enthusiasts out there. With this new version, you’ll now be able to install apps directly on to the smartwatch without the aid of a paired smartphone. The smartwatch also includes WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 and 4G LTE.
Huawei Watch 2 audio
The Huawei Watch 2, like its predecessor, can be used for quick phone calls from the wrist without a smartphone or headset, although this might not be the most comfortable way to talk.
Huawei Watch 2 battery life & hardware
As for battery, Huawei says the 420mAh battery will last two days on the 4G Watch 2 and three days on the non 4G Watch 2, and the Watch 2 Classic. The Chinese manufacturer promises up to 2 full days of battery life. A fantastic new addition to the battery is the Watch Mode function. It will last an impressive seven hours with both continuous heart rate and GPS enabled and charges via a cradle. When this is activated you should manage to get 40 hours of basic use with just 10% battery remaining on the device. The Watch 2 could last up to 25 days on a single charge if you activate this mode. The do-it-all watches are running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 768MB of RAM. They have 4GB of storage for music with Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi plus there’s a built-in speaker.