According to LG, Huawei has now presented the first Smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 ex factory. At the MWC 2017 Huawei showed the sporty Watch 2 and the elegant Watch 2 Classic. Both variants use Qualcomm’s current smartwatch platform as SoC. Huawei wants to offer the watches from the end of March at prices from 329 euros.
Three of four new watches for Germany
Out of a total of three watches, the range of the new Huawei Smartwatches for Germany is provided. A fourth model with eSIM could come to the market at a later date. But in turn: For 329 euros with Bluetooth and 379 euros with LTE, the normal Watch 2 is the sporty variant of the new Smartwatches from Huawei.
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The Watch 2 case is made of plastic, as are the wristbands, which can be removed by hand from the user and can be replaced by their own models. All versions of Watch 2 are IP68-certified and thus protected against dust and water. On the right side of the clock are two buttons for operation off the screen, a rotatable crown for menunavigation gives as in the presumption it does not.
Completely round OLED display
The display of Watch 2 is completely round and 1.2 inches in size. This makes it slightly smaller than the display of the first Huawei Watch. The resolution was reduced from 400 × 400 to 390 × 390 pixels according to the new diagonal. Still familiar to Huawei on an OLED display with very good black level. Also the brightness is apparently at a high level, in Barcelona the clock was still well visible in sunshine.
LTE version with hidden nano-SIM slot
For the Bluetooth version of the Watch 2 Huawei installed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 in the variant APQ8009W without modem. The LTE variant, which can also be used without a smartphone, is used with the SoC variant MSM8909W with Snapdragon-X5 modem, the LTE Cat. 4. The nano-SIM card required for this is inserted into a small slot on the side of the housing, which can be reached after removal of a bracelet part. Huawei provides run times of two days with normal use for all variants of the watch. The watches are loaded via contacts on the back and a charging tray.
New Android Wear 2.0 as an operating system
Both versions of the watch run with Android Wear 2.0, which just a few days ago on LG’s new Smartwatches celebrated its premiere. Huawei addresses the clock to athletes, corresponding apps are preinstalled on the 4 gigabytes of memory. There is a quick-start function for different run modes, training plans can be created, and tips on how to relax and how to display the training effect are displayed. The watch has sensors for the distance, speed, step number and heart rate. GPS is also always on board.
Watch 2 Classic comes a little later
With the same features, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic is equipped, but the less sporty and elegance-trimmed design should appeal to a different target group. The Watch 2 Classic is made of metal and the bracelet is made of leather. There will not be an LTE variant of this version of the watch for the time being – at least not in Germany. The LTE version of the Watch 2 Classic uses an integrated eSIM instead of the Nano-SIM. The topic eSIM is not easy with the German mobile phone providers, one let ComputerBase know on site. It is therefore unclear whether and when this version of the watch will come to Germany.
The Watch 2 Classic will be available from early May in Titanium gray with black leather strap for 399 euros in the Bluetooth variant. As of the end of March, the Watch 2 in carbon black with black bracelet or concrete gray with gray bracelet will come into the market for 329 euros. The LTE version of the Watch 2 costs 379 euros and will be available in carbon black with a black bracelet or a dynamic orange with an orange bracelet from mid-April.