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MWC 2017: Huawei unveils Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic with Android Wear 2.0

The Huawei Watch 2 comes with a price tag of EUR 379 for 4G variant and EUR 329 for Bluetooth variant.

Huawei has also unveiled the second-generation of its wearable device, the Watch 2 along with its flagship devices P10 and P10 Plus during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. The smartwatch comes in two variants namely Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic. The Huawei Watch 2 comes with a price tag of EUR 379 (approx. Rs 26,674) for 4G variant and EUR 329 (approx. Rs 23,155) for Bluetooth variant. The Watch 2 Classic is priced at EUR 399 (approx. Rs 28,081), while both the variants will be available in select markets including India from next month.

The major attraction of the wearable is the ceramic bezel used in the smartwatch, which gives some durability to the device. The device comes with a dual crown design as well. The smartwatch comes with cellular connectivity one can insert a nanoSIM or eSIM card into the watch. The cellular feature will help you to take calls and remain connected to the internet when it is not connected to a Wi-Fi network or paired to a smartphone. The watch also supports LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi.

The smartwatch is touted to be the lightest smartwatch as it weighs just 57 grams. The device comes with an inbuilt GPS, which will allow you to navigate freely without using your smartphone, is IP68 certified meaning that it is water and dust resistance and comes with live training coach. The watch also comes with a heart-rate monitor and gives a comprehensive training report. One can also connect the device with Bluetooth headset and can listen to music. The device has a 4GB of internal storage and can store up to 400+ songs.

On the battery front, the company boast that the device can deliver up to 7 hours of heart rate monitoring, 2 days of normal usage and even last up to 21 days when putting into normal watch mode. The smartwatch runs on the latest Android Wear 2.0 and supports Android Pay.

Coming to Android Wear 2.0 Talking about Android Wear 2.0, the second attempt on the smartwatch OS ecosystem by Google is a much fresh and revamped version. We get some newly redesigned watch faces, enhanced fitness tracking functionalities, new ways to manage notifications and support for Android Pay. Now Digital Payments systems have not yet hit the Indian shores but with Samsung launching its Digital Pay Service’ in India soon we can expect Google to follow soon. We also get ‘Google Assistant’ which can be easily accessed by ‘OK Google’ voice command or by long-pressing the home button. Apart from this, Android Wear 2.0 also brings new app launcher, smart reply for your conversations, easy access to notifications and setting with a single swipe etc. Now because, the new smartwatches from LG are LTE enabled, you can actually head out leaving your smartphone at home and still be connected with all what’s happening on your device through your smartwatch.


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