Barely 5 months ago, rumours abound that LG, Motorola and Huawei will not be releasing smart watches in Q4 2016. The only exception being Samsung and their Tizen powered Gear 3. Partly in waiting for the arrival of Android Wear 2.0 and mainly the avoidance of a direct clash with the release of the Apple Watch Series 2; the juggernaut was estimated to have sold 6 million units of their smart watch.
Yet just this month, we saw 2 smart watch releases from LG, with more in store from ZTE, Swarovski, and Tag Heuer just to name a few. A week ago, images of the Huawei Watch 2 was leaked by Evan Blass. And today we got the official on this kick-ass hardware from Huawei at MWC 2017.
This smart watch looks set to rock.
Huawei Watch 2 features:
- Powered by Android 2.0. Full smart watch functionality such as Google Assistant
- NFC, GPS + GLONASS, WiFi, Bluetooth, barometer and optical HR sensors
- View HR graph for the last 6 hours
- Live GPS mapping
- Physiological data such as training effect, VO2max, recovery time and more
- Supports either SIM or eSIM card
- 4GB on board storage for offline music*
- 420 mAh promises 2 days of usage. Watch Mode delivers up to 25 days of use
- Ceramic bezel 6 times harder than stainless steel
- Changeable watch straps with standard 22mm configuration
- IP68 rated
The Huawei Watch 2 features a sportier look over its predecessor and the new ergonomic design provides better stability for optical HR sensor readings. With Android Wear 2.0, smart watches gain more powerful features such as standalone apps and a standalone Play Store.
Smart Watches have traditionally been relegated to being a mere extension of the connected mobile device. But hardware configurations in recent smart watch models such as the LG Watch Urbane 2 seem to indicate an impatience for independence. And likewise for this Huawei Watch 2.
If this is the sign of smart watches to come, I’m convinced the clash with fitness focused companies such as Fitbit, Garmin and Polar will take place sooner than expected.
The Huawei Watch 2 will retail for $350 come April 2017
Source and images: Evan Blass, Venture Beat