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Huawei reveals the Watch 2 at MWC 2017

It's been two years since the company released its first Android Wear device.
James Trew, @itstrew
February 26, 2017
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It was almost two years ago to the day that Huawei unveiled the "Watch," the company's first Android Wear device. Today, at MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has just announced its successor, the imaginatively named Watch 2. Perhaps the first notable difference (beyond the design tweaks), is the inclusion of 4G connectivity (on select models, via SIM or eSIM), meaning you won't need a phone for all the smart features to work. According to Huawei, the Watch 2 will debut this month in Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, Italy and, of course Huawei's native China. It will arrive in the US and UK in April. There are a few different strap and color combinations, but prices start at €320 (around $350).

The Watch 2 has an industry-standard 1.3-inch, 390 x 390 display, 4GB of storage (not all of which is available to users), and a 420mAh battery, which Huawei claims is good for two days general use, or 10 hours in "training" mode. As you might expect, the Watch 2 runs Android Wear 2, and there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor under the hood. There also appears to be a focus on fitness, with many of the different color combinations touting a sporty, rugged-looking design, built-in GPS and a now-standard heart rate monitor.

For those of you with finer tastes, Huawei's Watch 2 also comes in a special Porsche Design edition. The two companies already collaborated on a special edition P9 handset, but we haven't any details on pricing or availability just yet.

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