Huawei Watch 2 with Android Wear 2.0 officially launched at MWC 2017

They're among the countless new products to be unveiled this week at annual tech trade show Mobile World Congress, where we're trying out the coolest new devices to bring you our first impressions. With Apple skipping MWC as in previous years and Samsung choosing to delay the announcement of its next flagship phone, this year's event offers a better opportunity for their smaller rivals to hog the limelight.

The P9 was perceived as a success for a mid-range smartphone. The P10 Plus sports a little larger screen with 5.5-inch screen which has 2K resolution. Both the phones also come with a front-mounted under-glass fingerprint scanner. Elsewhere, the rear dual-lens camera boasts Gorilla Glass 4. The device comes with an inbuilt Global Positioning System, 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. This means you will get the same 12MP RGB + 20MP monochrome sensors at the back (at f/1.8), there is laser autofocus, two-tone LED flash, and 4K video recording.

Huawei at the press conference in MWC 2017 in Barcelona has announced the new smartwatch, the Huawei Watch 2.

The major difference between the original Huawei Watch and its newly launched successor - Watch 2 is the design. Both watches will be running Android Wear 2.0 on 1.2-inch round displays. The dual-SIM devices (Nano + Nano/ microSD) run on the new Android 7.1 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 OS, and connectivity options include 4.5G LTE with 4×4 MIMO Technology for faster speeds (P10 Plus only), 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, GPS, and DLNA. It is also available with 22mm watch bands, contrary to the non-classic model that comes with 20mm watch bands.

Huawei has included a new low-power Watch Mode that is said to disable most of the functions and have only the watch and step-counter active, and this will give the watch about 25 days of life before asking for charging again. They were announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but we got to try them out a few days earlier in NY.

Called the P10, the smartphone comes with a 5.1 inch full HD screen and a dual-rear camera manufactured alongside camera firm Leica.

Huawei, continuing the P9 tradition, announced a P10 Plus model, too.

Huawei's going aggressive with multiple colours for its new camera-centric phones. But it was the company's partnership with Pantone that stood out on the day, with the smartphone to launch in eight different colors, including "greenery" and "dazzling blue".

While neither phone is water resistant, both are powered by Huawei's proprietary 2.4GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 chip, the same chip found in the Mate 9. Prices remains unannounced, but neither Huawei phone is expected to become available in the US anytime soon.

  • Patricia Jimenez