This morning Huawei took to the stage at MWC 2017 and announced not just the P10 and P10 Plus but two new watches running Android Wear 2.0 — the Watch 2 and the Watch 2 Classic.
The Huawei Watch 2 is hardly a surprise having been fairly extensively leaked in previous weeks but the Watch 2 Classic is a nice surprise. The Watch 2, as expected, is a “sporty” watch with a 1.2in circular display, Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and a 420mAh battery. The Watch 2 has full LTE capabilities (SIM card slot) and still has two days of battery life according to Huawei. It also includes NFC for Android Pay, built-in GPS and is IP68 water and dust resistant.
The Watch 2 housing is a plastic polymer, ideal for those sweaty workouts. The Watch 2 comes in both LTE and Bluetooth only versions and are priced accordingly. Hopefully the lack of LTE in the Bluetooth version makes it a bit thinner.
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The surprise of the announcement was the Huawei Watch 2 Classic. The Watch 2 Classic continues the stylish design of the Huawei Watch which many people prefer. It houses the same internal specs as the Watch 2 except is does NOT have LTE capabilities. Due to this lack of LTE, the Watch 2 Classic’s battery will extend for three days of usage. The Watch 2 Classic has a metal housing and comes with a leather band (with a rubber backing) which seems to be a standard 22mm band that should be replaceable as it is for the Huawei Watch.
Both watches only have two buttons unlike LG/Google’s watches that have three. At this stage it is unknown if the AW2.0 nivigation is performed using the bezel or just using the tap of display method. The guys on the floor at MWC will hopefully find out for us soon. The other difference is that these watches only have 2GB of on-board storage which is disappointing. Both watches also have a special “watch mode” where the devices can last for up to 25 days without recharging while still displaying time and tracking steps.
The Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic are available from “next month” in first release markets, of which Australia is one. Although we don’t have official prices just yet, expect the Watch 2 to be around the $500AU mark (329 Euro) for the Bluetooth version and $580AU (379 Euro) for the LTE version. The Watch 2 Classic only comes in a single version and is likely to set you back around $620AU (399 Euro). These prices are direct conversions from Euro so be gentle to your wallet and add the Australia Tax before committing to buy one.
For those with expensive tastes Huawei seem to also be making a Porsche Design smartwatch which, although not mentioned in the announcement, did manage to make a quick appearance in the slideshow. Considering the price of the Porsche Design Mate 9, expect this to be a hefty price and to offcially not make it to our shores.
Huawei will be bringing the Huawei Watch 2 to Australia towards the middle of the year, with precise range, pricing and timing to be confirmed.