Huawei has unveiled a new Huawei Watch 2 at Mobile World Congress. Remarkably, its predecessor, original Huawei Watch, remains to be one of the most popular Android Wear devices and for a good reason – the watch can boast of classy design and solid performance.
The Huawei Watch 2 pretty much resembles the first version that has been a good seller according to the company. It runs along-anticipated Android Wear 2.0 being one of the first devices to offer the wearable OS since its launch earlier this month. The updated OS seems to be the next logical evolution of Wear. However, it took Google far longer than expected to launch it.
“The approach that we took as we got started was to build an ecosystem of partners — so not just do a one-size-fit all solution,” David Singleton, the head of the Google Wear project, said. “But build an ecosystem of partners to create a diverse set of styles and sizes. We felt strongly that it was time to work with our traditional — but also non-traditional — partners to create this ecosystem.”
The Huawei Watch 2 has a perfect size and fits nicely on the wrist. The issue of size has been one of the most sensible with the recent launches of smart watches on the market – including, most notably, Samsung’s Gear S3 and LG’s Watch Sport. Huawei is making a step in the right direction to come up with more universal devices that are functional and compact at the same time.
The Watch is also surprisingly light – the company has decided to swap out the Sapphire screen for Gorilla Glass. Huawei admits that they focused on the watch’s weight in the design process.
There is a pair of navigation buttons on the right side of the Huawei Watch 2 but it skips the dial altogether. It is strange taking into account that the control scheme was one of the big additions to Android Wear 2.0, bringing quicker navigation through the small screen’s menus and bringing Android up to speed with watch OS and Samsung’s Tizen off-shoot.
The watch comes in two versions – the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic. Both of them have the same characteristics while the Classic variant features a metallic body. The Watch 2 also sports an LTE option allowing wearing it with or without phone.
The watch straps are replaceable. The Classic variant uses a standard 22mm lug that can be replaced with third-party bands. The Watch 2’s band meanwhile, has less give, but can still be changed out.
Obviously, Huawei was rather satisfied with the reception of the original watch so decided not to mess with the formula too much. Thanks for making something more comfortable, though.