Today at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Huawei officially announced two new smartwatches: the Watch 2 and the Watch 2 Classic. Coming to the U.S. in April, both smartwatches will bring in a host of features, such as GPS, NFC, LTE (on supported models), a high resolution display, and Android Wear 2.0 all in two sleek new designs.
Join us after the break for the details.
2016 was a pretty quiet year for Android Wear smartwatches, mostly due to Google delaying the launch of Android Wear 2.0 until early 2017. Now that the new software is out in the wild, we are starting to see the results of this long wait and they certainly look promising. The Huawei Watch 2 is rocking a sporty design with some extra features, while the Watch 2 Classic is more traditional for those who want, well, a more classic look.
Let’s start with the specs. Both the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic have a 1.2-inch display with a resolution of 390 x 390, a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 2 GB of internal storage. While both smartwatches have the same 420mAh battery, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic should provide an extra day of use (3 days instead of 2). This is where you’ll see one of the few differences between the two: LTE connectivity.
The Huawei Watch 2 comes with built-in LTE to allow you to leave your phone behind and still have access to the internet and receive notifications, such as calls and text messages. This is especially helpful if you go out running, for example, as you can carry less with you but still feel connected. Aside from the design of the smartwatches, this is the biggest difference between the two. Both the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic will come with all the other features you’d expect, such as a heart rate sensor, GPS, NFC support, and IP68 water resistance.
Since any smartwatch needs to match your style in addition to providing all the features you need, Huawei has give distinct designs to the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic. If you want a sporty and casual look, the Watch 2 will fit right in with its silicone straps and variety of color options.
If you prefer something more traditional, the Watch 2 Classic will give you what you need with premium leather straps and a larger stainless steel bezel. Both models look very slim and sleek and we can’t wait to try them out and see how they feel on a daily basis.
No matter which model you choose, you will enjoy a feature-rich experience with constant activity monitoring, workout routines, and powerful touch control and voice recognition for interacting with the software and replying to messages.
While pricing for the U.S. is not announced yet, both the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic will be available starting in April. Those of you in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and China will be able to purchase both watches in March. We will keep an eye out for any more announcements!