The concept of a smartwatch has not taken off in the same way that the smartphone has. It just has not become the necessity that tech companies initially believed it would be. And while some may consider it a dying art, Huawei is not ready to let it go, as proven by the Watch 2. The wearable was expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress later this month, but several leaks have already surfaced.
Renders posted by Venture Beat provide a look at the Huawei Watch 2, which the publication has reported will be available in black, speckled gray and orange. The wearable has a sportier overall look and will be powered by Android Wear 2.0 upon its launch. It reportedly has cellular capabilities as well, thanks to a designated slot for a nanoSIM card.
According to Android and Me, the Huawei Watch 2 is expected to sport a 1.4 inch round display. To charge the device, there are wireless charging pins at the back of it. There are also some buttons on the right-hand side of the wearable, which is estimated to be for app shortcuts. It has a rubberized band and is likely to be a perfect fit for all Android users.
The second generation of the Huawei wearable is a stark contrast to its predecessor in terms of design. The original Huawei watch was classier and arguably looked simpler, but the newer bands is vital for one of the best features of the Huawei 2. It is expected that the band itself is vital for the cellular connectivity mentioned earlier, as it will house the nanoSIM card port. This also means, however, that the band is likely to be thicker than the first generation of the wearable.
The added cellular capacity of the Watch 2 might spell the difference between the success and failure of smartwatches in general. The technology has been widely dismissed by a majority of the public because it has not matched the functionality of smartphones. But with the new feature from Huawei, this might all just change.
It is unclear at this point as to what kind of capacities and limitations the Watch 2 will have in references to these cellular capabilities. However, the mere idea of this addition has been enough for the world to keep its eye on the wearable. Fortunately, the official details are only a few days away and the public has to wait just a little longer.
There is currently no word on how expensive the Watch 2 will be, nor has it been announced where the wearable will be made available. All details are expected to be revealed at the MWC 2017, which will take place in Barcelona. Huawei's press event is scheduled for Sunday, February 26.
However, Huawei is not only expected to release its Watch 2 series. In fact, it is likely to be a second act, as the company's next generation of flagships are also expected to make an appearance. Several reports have claimed that the P10 and P10 Plus smartphones will be the focal point of the event.