AFTER making its debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year, the Huawei Watch 2 has finally reached our shores.
The Watch 2 is designed to work with 4G LTE networks and accepts a nano SIM card and has built-in GPS.
“Users can leave their smartphones at home and head out while staying connected with the Watch 2. They can answer calls and reply messages using just the smartwatch,” said Huawei Malaysia Consumer Business Group trainer Patrick Chew.
It has a 1.2in Amoled display that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and has 4GB internal storage of which approximately 2.3GB is available for user storage.
The Watch 2 also has built-in sensors to record the user’s activities, including distance travelled, steps taken and heart rate.
Users can also add music to their workouts through Spotify.
The smartwatch has a 420mAh battery and can last up to eight hours in training mode (when using 4G LTE, GPS and real-time heart rate monitoring). When used without a SIM card, the battery can last up to two days.
The Watch 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 1.1GHz processor and runs on Android Wear 2.0 operating system. It can be paired with both Android (version 4.3 and above) and iOS (8.2 and later) smartphones.
The smartwatch, which is water and dust resistant, is only available in Carbon Black and exclusively via Maxis Zerolution – users can sign up for MaxisOne 158 or 188 plan, and get a Huawei P10 or Mate 9 together with the Watch 2.
Under MaxisOne 158, users have to pay an additional RM93 for P10, or RM148 for Mate 9; while under MaxisOne 188 users need to pay an additional RM78 for P10 or RM133 for Mate 9.
“We have partnered with Maxis because it is currently the only telco in Malaysia that allows a one-number-multi-SIM service,” said Chew.
There are plans to make the Watch 2 available on Vmall, Huawei’s official online store, though Chew cannot confirm when.
The Huawei Watch 2 allows users to customise the watch face. — SAMUEL ONG/THE STAR