Focusing on creating a standalone smartwatch experience for users, China’s Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today launched the next generation, Huawei WATCH 2 in India that supports 4G.
Launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, the next generation watch inherits the classic design of the original Huawei WATCH while introducing Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. The Huawei WATCH 2 (4G supported version) has independent connectivity, allowing users to send messages or make calls independently of a mobile phone. The watch has new Android Wear 2.0 operating system (OS) which is compatible with both Android and iOS.
Pricing and availability
Huawei WATCH 2 will be available only in black colour in Sports (Bluetooth) priced at Rs 20,999; Classic (Bluetooth) that costs Rs 25,999; and Sports (4G) which is priced at Rs 29,999.
While Huawei WATCH 2 Sports (Bluetooth) will remain exclusive to Amazon.in, Sports (4G) and Classic (Bluetooth) will also be available in offline retail stores across India. Additional interchangeable color bands will also be announced later this year.
The watch lets users make calls and respond to text messages and to use independent apps like Uber, Foursquare, and Facebook Messenger, simultaneously.
VoLTE support and dual-mic noise elimination help ensure a stable and clear telephone experience while the integration of the antennae on the upper watch case for 4G, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC in the device significantly strengthens connectivity, allowing Huawei WATCH 2 to stay compact while ensuring good signal reception, said Huawei.
The complete health and exercise partner
Huawei WATCH 2 uses multiple sensors with advanced algorithms and built-in smart sensors collect comprehensive data on user activity, including distance, speed, steps, heart rate, heart rate range, calories, gait, route and more.
With one click on the crown, Huawei WATCH 2 opens the workout App to start training in an instant. Quick start running modes “fat-burning run” and “cardio run” allow runners to start quickly and the watch will guide your speed to stay in the correct heart rate zone.
When you are running with Huawei WATCH 2, it gives you real time guidance including notifications on distance, target completion status and racing heart warning and based on calculated workout plans, the watch can also dynamically notify you to either accelerate or decelerate to guide you through every stage of your run.
WATCH 2 also measures your VO2max after each run and after a valid run, the watch automatically generates a report that advises on recovery time and training effects.
Chronograph watch design
WATCH 2 has a classical wristwatch design that integrates its smart features and sport functions while maintaining a stylish look.
The watch is made from sophisticated materials and sports a dual crown design. The watch is smaller and more compact than the previous generation Huawei Watch with its parts on one side accounting for 88 per cent of the total area of the watch.
A smarter experience
Running on the new Android Wear 2.0, the open ecosystem allows both iOS and Android users to benefit from a vast library of compatible applications. Touch control, intelligent speech recognition, and voice instructions enable users to quickly interact with the HUAWEI WATCH 2 and reply to complex messages. The battery is smarter too thanks to an optimized battery with greater density and longer life. The battery lasts for two days with regular use, up to 10 hours in “training mode” and up to three weeks in “watch mode”.