Update: We’ve updated this hands on review with some more images of the Huawei Watch 2 Classic.
The Huawei Watch was one of the best of the original batch of Android Wear watches, despite being one of the more expensive options, and now the company is back with two new wearables at MWC 2017 in Barcelona.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic Price, Release Date, Design And Review
Along with the Watch 2 the Watch 2 Classic is one of the first Android Wear 2.0 devices on the market, making it a tempting option for your wrist.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic price and release date
The only price we have for the Huawei Watch 2 Classic right now is €399, which comes out as roughly $420 / £340 / AU$550.
The information we have from Huawei suggests the Classic will arrive in the US, UK and Australia in April alongside the Huawei Watch 2.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic design
The design of the Huawei Watch 2 Classic is similar to the original Huawei Watch and the Huawei Watch 2, but there are a few key differences.
It’s slightly thinner than both those smartwatches, which is appreciated considering the thickness of Android Wear watches in general. This still isn’t a ultra-thin device though, so if you have a smaller wrist the Watch 2 Classic may not appeal.
The button at the top will take you back to the home screen, while the other button is programmed to take you to the fitness features of the device.
If you’re not big into fitness you can reprogram this button for a number of other functions within Android Wear 2.0. Regularly use messaging on your watch? You can set the button to open up that app right away, so you won’t need to scroll through the UI to find it.
The strangest choice here is that Huawei has employed a design that doesn’t include a crown or a rotating bezel.
A crown or a rotating bezel is how you navigate on devices such as the Samsung Gear S3 or the Apple Watch 2, but here you’ll just be using the screen.
It doesn’t feel as intuitive as using a bezel or crown, and it’s a downside of the Watch 2 Classic. In our time using the device we often caught ourselves trying to turn the bezel of the device to interact with it.
The Watch 2 Classic is IP68 water resistant though, so you’ll be able to get this a little wet without having to worry about it. It’s not fully waterproof, though so you won’t want to go wearing it in the pool.
It’s a very comfortable fit, and will suit you well whether you’re working out or working in the office.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic display
There’s a 1.2-inch AMOLED display on the Watch 2 Classic that offers a resolution of 390 x 390. That equals 326 pixels per inch, and it looks great to the eye and makes it easy to navigate around the various screens.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic specs
Inside the Huawei Watch 2 Classic is a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but Huawei has yet to share whether it’s the latest Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. Regardless, in our limited time with the device everything seemed to load quickly and work as snappily as we’ve seen on other Android Wear devices.
There’s 2GB of storage for your music when you’re out and about, which isn’t really all that much considering the LG Watch Style has 4GB on board – and we thought that was limited for music.
You’ll be able to store a few albums on your Classic, but it’s not all that impressive.
For fitness the Watch 2 Classic offers GPS and a heart rate monitor, but there’s no LTE option here, so you’ll need to take your phone out on a run with you.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic software
The Huawei Watch 2 Classic is one of the first watches we’ve seen running Android Wear 2.0, so you’ll get all the latest features that come with the update to Google’s wearables OS, including Google Assistant.
Android Pay is also baked into the device and uses the NFC chip, so you can easily make payments by tapping your Classic against a compatible contactless reader in stores.