Sportier smart­watch

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By KEVIN LOH bytz@thes­tar.com.my

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

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