Two years ago, Huawei launched its first smartwatch. The Huawei Watch became one of the world’s best smartwatches because of its gorgeous design, admirable battery life, and brilliant software. It turned out being a product that accomplished almost everything you expect from a device in its class. That’s exactly why a successor wasn’t introduced in 2016. The original remained formidable for over a year.
Mobile industry insider Evan Blass from VentureBeat says things are lining up for new hardware from the company to become official pretty soon, and MWC 2017 could be the time and place. The Huawei Watch 2, which is the name currently being used for the successor, could make its debut in late February at the week-long trade show in Barcelona. It is noted, however, that a final decision on introducing the smartwatch there has not been made.
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Google, on the other hand, is expected to launch its first in-house smartwatches at an event being held on February 9. The launch will coincide with Android Wear’s major software update. After that, Google’s partners are free to implement Android Wear 2.0 on their own devices.
What will the Huawei Watch 2 entail? A person familiar with Huawei’s plans told Blass that the smartwatch will be sportier than the original. To further options, cellular connectivity will be added. Huawei wants a built-in SIM card to be available in order for users to be able to use the smartwatch without a paired phone or WiFi network necessary. The ultimate goal is to make your smartwatch a standalone device.
Since Google’s LG-made smartwatches are in-house devices, it’s unlikely Huawei is invited and gets a chance to show its new smartwatch. So we’ll probably see the Huawei Watch 2 at MWC 2017 in late February or at a standalone event within the next couple of months.