Huawei Launches Watch 2, The Smartwatch That Doesn't Need Smartphone Pairing

Huawei just recently launched the Watch 2 and it came in with more relevant features that can take on the likes of both Fitbit and Apple. Not only is the Huawei Watch 2 more fitness-centric, it has also improved in terms of connectivity features. Here's what's known about the new Huawei Watch 2 that was launched at the MWC event last Sunday:

Huawei Watch 2 Key Details

The new edition of Huawei's wearable comes in two variants. There's the regular version and there's also the classic Huawei Watch 2. Key features of the smartwatch includes a ceramic bezel, Android 2.0 system and stainless steel material for the classic edition.

Nevertheless, one of the best things that the Huawei Watch 2 can boast of is probably its SIM card slot, all because it implies the independence of the device that can stand alone without a paired smartphone. No tethering is necessary as it can make phone calls and have cellular functions all on its own. Additionally, this new-edition watch can last two days full-charged. Without cellular connections, the device can last an average of three days.

For the general specs, the Huawei Watch 2 has a 1.2-inch screen with a 390 x 390 resolution. The two variants also come with Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 4 GB storage. They also both come with 420 mAh batteries. Overall, the Huawei Watch 2 is a big improvement over its predecessor. It's also a bit more advanced compared to some of its direct competitions.

Smartwatch Market In 2017

The necessity of a smartwatch is still a good debate even in 2017. Huawei's watch, even with cellular connectivity, still has an uncertain fate in today's market. Do note that in Q3 of last year, smartwatch shipment declined by more than 50 percent year on year. Additionally, as per CNBC, Huawei isn't a part of the top five vendors by market share.

With that said, Huawei Watch 2's success is still unsure at this point in time. Additionally, there's also little chance that smartwatches could finally become a necessity to gadget consumers. Ben Wood of CCS Insight says that the smartwatch category still appears to be providing a solution to a dilemma that doesn't actually exist.

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