Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic announced with Android Wear 2.0 at MWC 2017

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on 26 Feb 2017
Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic announced with Android Wear 2.0 at MWC 2017
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Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic run on Android Wear 2.0 and are aimed at fitness-conscious users. The smartwatches support GPS, LTE and house heart-rate sensors for activity monitoring.

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Huawei has added two new smartwatches to its Android Wear lineup. The company has officially introduced the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic at the company's MWC event in Barcelona. The Chinese company has been working on the second-generation Huawei Watch 2 for sometime now, but the delays with Android Wear 2.0 forced the company to delay its product.

Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic, like its predecessor, feature a 1.2-inch circular display and heart rate sensors. The Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic add new features like GPS and NFC for contactless payment with Android Pay. The Watch 2 also offers nano-SIM slot for LTE connectivity. As far as design is concerned, Huawei Watch 2 series is considerably thicker and bulkier. The Watch 2 is made of plastic while Watch 2 Classic sports a metal chassis. With Watch 2, Huawei is clearly focusing on fitness-centric users and has thrown in IP68 water and dust protection.

Both Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic feature a 420mAh battery which Huawei claims will last for two full days. The company is also offering a software feature called 'watch mode' which only shows time and counts step. Huawei says its new watches can last up to 25 days in watch mode.

Huawei's new wearables support interchangeable straps and the company is introducing a 'hybrid strap' for the Classic variant. Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic are direct competitors to the LG Watch Sport, which was recently introduced with Android Wear 2.0. Huawei will also be introducing Porsche-designed variants of Watch 2 at a later stage.

Huawei Watch 2 will be available first in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and China starting this March. The wearable is priced at €329 and will be coming to more markets including India in April.

See Also: All the buzz from the Mobile World Congress 2017

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