Huawei today launched its flagship smartphone — P10 and P10 Plus at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, it isn’t the only device that it launched. Along with its new smartphones, the company has also launched its latest smartwatch lineup — Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic.
The major difference between the original Huawei Watch and its newly launched successor — Watch 2 is the design. The Huawei Watch 2 comes with a new sporty design — similar to what we saw on LG G Watch Sport. The company has let go sleek and smooth edges and has replaced it with more of a traditional watch look for the Watch 2 Classic model.
Another major update for the device is that now it runs on the latest Android Wear 2.0 operating system. It also offers cellular connectivity through a nanoSIM slot which is built into the lug of the device at the bottom-end of the watch face.
It comes with a 1.2-inch display with screen resolution of 390 x 390 pixels and in a 42mm case. The company is offering two options for the strap — leather and stainless steel. Along with 4G connectivity, it also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC.
As of the memory, they come with 768 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. The smartwatches are powered by a 420mAh battery and also feature a heart rate sensor. It also supports Android Pay, enabling users to pay using this wireless payment option. Further, the watches are rated IP68 for being water and dust resistance.
Interestingly, Huawei has also announced a Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch. Though it isn’t clear if this smartwatch is running Android Wear or actually related to the other two Huawei Watch 2s. It will be released in coming months.
Android Wear 2.0 was first announced back in May at Google I/O 2016. It is the most significant update to the smartwatch OS thus far. Originally set to launch in the fall last year, Google pushed the release in order to ensure software quality requirements.
The Huawei Watch 2 comes in a range of colour options, including Carbon Black, Dynamic Orange, Titanium Grey, and Concrete Grey. Both the smartwatches — Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic will be available starting in March for €329 (approx. ₹23,155). Initially, the devices will be available in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and China. Other countries, including U.S., UK, Russia and Australia will get on board starting in April.
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