Huawei Unveils Watch 2 with Huge Upgrades, Comes in Two Variants

Other than announcing its new P10 and P10 Plus duo, Huawei also took time to expand its smartwatch lineup. The new range includes two Android Wear 2.0 watches, Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic, that build upon the company’s first Android Wear watch from 2015.

While the original Watch used to be an elegant, barely-noticeable gadget, the new watches feature a sportier look which might polarize a few people. The two variants differ primarily in terms of design; the Watch 2 comes with silicon straps and an extra button for quickly opening an app, while the Classic attempts to target more of the original buyers with a stainless steel body and 22mm straps.

Both are still quite bulky at 12.6mm thick, though. The front is covered with a 1.2-inch OLED display of 390 x 390 resolution. The wearables have IP68-resistance against water. The sapphire crystal glass display on the front is replaced by Gorilla Glass 3 to save weight.

There are two buttons for controls. Battery life is quoted to last up to two days on a full charge, or 10 hours with full activity mode on including the GPS and continuous heart rate tracking, though a special power-saving mode (which is activated at 10% battery level) can provide up to 40 hours of extra run-time (or 25 days if activated throughout).

As usual, a sleuth of sensors is on-board including a new heart-rate sensor. With its partnership with First Beat, the watch can also help runners with custom plans. It can use the sensors to give a VO2Max measurement.

Under the hood, the watches have the mainstream 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 2100 processor with 768 MB of RAM as well as 4 GB of storage. Connectivity options include NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE (only for Watch 2) and GPS. On the software side, the watches run on the new Android Wear 2.0.

Additionally, there will also be a Watch 2 Porsche Design in the coming weeks which was designed in collaboration with the popular carmaker.

Huawei hasn’t mouthed a word as to when can we expect the watches to hit the market, and at what price. Its predecessor went up for $350 at launch so expect to see this duo to cost in the same ballpark, too.

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