Huawei’s new Android Wear watches are big, chunky, and fitness focused

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Now that Google has officially launched Android Wear 2.0 and released its own smartwatches made by LG, it’s time for the rest of the Android Wear partners to launch new models. And the first one out of the gate is Huawei, which is refreshing its Huawei Watch from 2015 with two new, sportier models.

The Huawei Watch 2 and the Huawei Watch 2 Classic are loaded with connectivity and new features, including LTE (in the case of the Watch 2), GPS, heart rate sensors, and NFC for Android Pay. They have much chunkier designs compared to the first Huawei Watch, and are significantly thicker and bulkier, despite having a smaller 1.2-inch circular display than the prior model’s 1.4-inch screen. They measure about 12.6mm thick, which is nearly two millimeters thicker than the prior version.


Huawei Watch 2 Classic

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Both versions have two buttons and include microphones and speakers. Huawei says the 420mAh batteries inside them provide up two days of life, or double the first generation’s stamina. A new, low-power “watch mode” will allow the watches to last up to 25 days, though it reduces functionality to just telling the time and counting steps.

The Watch 2 is made of plastic to support its LTE connectivity (a Wi-Fi-only model will also be offered), while the Watch 2 Classic has a metal chassis. Both versions have interchangeable straps, and the Classic model has a unique “hybrid strap” that has a leather top and rubber underneath to protect against sweat damage. Both watches support IP68 water resistance.


Huawei Watch 2 Classic

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The new heart rate sensor will continuously track heart rates, and both watches come loaded with Huawei’s Fit program that personalizes a training program based on goals and prior performance. A version of the same program debuted on the Huawei Fit fitness tracker last year.