HUAWEI has announced the HUAWEI Watch 2. It has a polarising new design, and display technology that we see as somewhat of a downgrade over the original.
Here’s everything you need to know about it:
First and foremost, there’s two HUAWEI Watch models now: The HUAWEI Watch 2 (which has a 20mm sports strap), and the HUAWEI Watch 2 Classic (which has a 22mm leather strap). Both models have ditched the angled stainless steel bezel of the original HUAWEI Watch, for a ceramic bezel with minute markers. The ceramic bezel is virtually scratch-proof, which is a sweet upgrade over the previous model’s metal bezel (Omega did the exact same thing with the latest Seamaster Pro 300m). The result of the new bezel is telling: The HUAWEI Watch has become much sportier in its aesthetic.
As far as colourways go, the HUAWEI Watch 2 has two: You can get an orange version with an orange plastic case (the HUAWEI Watch 2), or the HUAWEI Watch 2 Classic, which has a dark brushed stainless steel and plastic case.
That new exterior design joins revised display technology, which we see as a downgrade in a few ways. To understand where we are coming from, here’s two facts:
1. The HUAWEI Watch 2 has a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels (326 PPI), covered by Corning Gorilla Glass.
2. The first-gen HUAWEI Watch had a 1.4” circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels (286 PPI), covered by a sapphire crystal.
So, in simple terms, HUAWEI has reduced the size of the display by 0.2”, and they have installed an inferior crystal for the new model. The upside to this is that the PPI is better on the new model, but on such a tiny display, those extra 40 PPI aren’t even noticeable. What is noticeable however, is that the new HUAWEI Watch 2 is lighter than the original, which in part is due to the Gorilla Glass. HUAWEI is said to have worked hard to reduce the weight of the HUAWEI Watch 2 to make it more comfortable to wear, which they have achieved.
But by doing so, they have sacrificed display size and that sapphire crystal.
The battery in the HUAWEI Watch 2 is enormous though. It’s a 420mAh battery, so it’s 120mAh better-off than the original HUAWEI Watch’s battery. HUAWEI says that you will easily get 2 days of use out of the new HUAWEI Watch on a single charge, or up to 25 days if you use the new “watch mode”, which effectively turns off all connectivity features.
The HUAWEI Watch 2 launches with Android Wear 2.0. We’ve already covered the main features of Android Wear 2.0, so to summarise, the latest version offers standalone apps, better notifications, better messaging and better fitness features. HUAWEI hasn’t tinkered with the design of the software (they aren’t allowed to), but they have launched a new range of clock faces which look very smart indeed.
Pricing and Availability
HUAWEI has promised to launch the HUAWEI Watch 2 in 20 countries. It will go on sale for around $350.00 USD, which is around 329 €. The first countries to see the HUAWEI Watch will be Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and China, followed by the US and the UK.