MWC 2017: Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic Official

February 28, 2017 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Huawei has been teasing it for weeks, there’s also been plenty of leaks, but now the newest smartwatch from Huawei is official. It’s the Huawei Watch 2, keeping that rather simple naming structure. But there are now two models. There’s the Huawei Watch 2 (which is the more sporty version) and then there is the Huawei Watch 2 Classic. Both of these are running on Android Wear 2.0 as you might expect, and that does include support for Android Pay and the Google Assistant. Huawei has built-in GPS to both models, so you are able to leave your smartphone at home and still track your runs. The Huawei Watch 2 is available with 4G connectivity and with just WiFi, while the Huawei Watch 2 Classic gets just a WiFi version.

As far as specs go, we’re looking at a 1.2-inch display, with Corning’s Gorilla Glass on top to protect it. There’s 4GB of storage inside along with a slight bump in RAM to 768MB. Of course there are the usual sensors including the accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate sensor and a light sensor. It’s rated at IP68 for water and dust resistance as well. The Watch 2 measures in at 45 x 48.3 x 12.6mm, and the band length is 140mm. Huawei has added in double mics and a speaker, so that you are able to use Google Assistant pretty easily, without having the watch pick up a lot of background noise. Finally, the Huawei Watch 2 weighs in at 57g and the Watch 2 Classic at 60.5g.

Unlike with the LG Watch Sport, the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic do allow you to swap out the bands. The lug width for the Watch 2 is 20mm while the Watch 2 Classic is 22mm. What this means is that any 20mm band will work on the Watch 2 and any 22mm band will work on the Watch 2 Classic. Now when it comes to battery life, Huawei has added in a 420mAh battery, which they quote as being able to last around 2 days on a single charge. Which is roughly double what the original Huawei Watch was rated at lasting.

Huawei has announced that the two smartwatches will go on sale in March in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and China and will be priced at €329. In April, availability will expand to the US, UK, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, The Nordics, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India, South Africa, Poland, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Japan and the UAE. Finally Malaysia will get the two smartwatches in May.