MWC 2017: Huawei Watch 2

This image, from a New Atlas photo essay, is the one you need to see if you’re considering an upgrade from the original Huawei Watch.

Huawei is clearly drawing inspiration from Casio for its new sport watch—there’s maybe a bit of Gear S3 in there as well but alas, the bezel doesn’t move. As for the Classic, it looks to me like the old LG Watch R, just not as nice. Keep in mind, though, this is coming from your resident smartwatch snob, and since smartwatches are basically jewellery for men (and sometimes women) looks are ultimately subjective. So let’s instead take a look at some cold, hard specs, straight from the source:

Watch Case
HUAWEI WATCH 2
Plastic
HUAWEI WATCH 2 Classic
Plastic + Stainless Steel

Watch strap
HUAWEI WATCH 2
Sport Strap
Strap is replaceable with a width of 20 mm.
HUAWEI WATCH 2 Classic
Leather Strap
Strap is replaceable with a width of 22 mm.

Colour
HUAWEI WATCH 2
Dynamic Orange (4G) / Carbon Black  / Concrete Grey (non-4G)
HUAWEI WATCH 2 Classic
Titanium Grey (non-4G)

Display
1.2-inch circular AMOLED display
390 x 390 pixels with a PPI of 326
Corning Gorilla Glass

CPU
Qualcomm MSM8909W, 1.1 GHz

Operating System
Android Wear 2.0

Memory
4 GB Flash + 768 MB RAM

Working frequencies (4G Edition Only)
LTE: B1, B3, B7, B8, B39, and B41 (2555–2655 MHz)
UMTS: B1, B2, and B8
TD-SCDMA: B34 and B39
GSM: 900 and 1800

Positioning System
GPS + Glonass

Speaker
Supported

Connectivity
Bluetooth: 2.4 GHz Bluetooth 4.1 BLE + BR / EDR
WiFi: 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n

Sensors
3-axis A + G sensor
3-axis Gyroscope
3-axis Compass
Heart Rate Sensor (PPG)
Barometer
Capacitive Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor

NFC
Supported

Battery
420 mAh (typical value)
410 mAh (minimum value)

Water and dust resistance rating
IP68

Yup, that’s right, both the Watch 2 Sport and Watch 2 Classic will have a model supporting 4G directly, via either a SIM card or eSIM. And if you wanted something a bit more luxurious than the Classic edition, Wareable has details on a collaboration between Huawei and Porsche Design.

Source: New Atlas, Huawei Global, Wareable