Huawei Watch 2 2018 looks set to be successor to Huawei Watch 2

Same sporty looks and specs - so, what's new?

We knew a Huawei Watch 3 smartwatch was being worked on, but we were led to believe by comments made by the company's CEO Richard Yu that we'd be made to wait for its next smartwatch.

Images and specs details shared by serial leakster Evan Blass however suggest that maybe we are a lot closer to a new Huawei smartwatch than we first thought. Blass tweeted details of a wearable he refers to as the Huawei Watch 2 2018, which suggests this is not the Watch 3 we were anticipating, but more of an iterative upgrade to the Huawei Watch 2.

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The leaked pictures (above and below) suggests we shouldn't expect anything radical on the design front with the Watch 2 2018 looking identical to last year's watch. So more sporty and less luxury, which is a shame because we still really have a lot of love for the Huawei Watch W1's more elegant look.

When you read over the specs that accompany the pics, it's difficult to see why you'd be buying this over the current model. The Watch 2 2018 is tipped to feature Wear OS of course and will be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor alongside 768MB of RAM and 4GB storage featured in the Watch 2. It also matches the Watch 2 in the screen department with a 1.2-inch, 390 x 390 (326ppi) resolution AMOLED display.

huawei watch 2 2018 release date price specs

There's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in GPS, new eSim support and an IP68 water resistance certification, which means it's not built for swimming or being submerged in water. Over in the sensors department, it's all sounding very familiar again. There's an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, ambient light sensor and an optical heart rate sensor.

There are two new sensors on board here that could slightly set the new watch apart from its predecessor. A capacitance sensor could suggest the smartwatch will be able to offer insights into aspects such as humidity or could be related to something around analysing user's sweat. A geomagnetic sensor should mean an improvement in its tracking abilities when you're out in the great outdoors.

There's no indications on a price or launch date, but when you consider the Watch 2 2018 doesn't sound all that different from the Watch 2, we'd imagine pricing will be in the same ballpark. Let's just hope Huawei still has something something more exciting in store for us beyond the Watch 2 2018 that will at least come packing Qualcomm's exciting-sounding, next-gen smartwatch chip.

huawei watch 2 2018 release date price specs

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  • Phillistein says:

    Not a bad review but surely you know that IP68 is fairly good protection from dust and water ingress. Many manufacturers tout this rating as suitable for swimming, though probably would be sensible not to

  • Gadgety says:

    Well, Huawei seems hellbent on fulfilling rotating CEO's Eric Xu Zhijun smartwatch vision:

    “I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for when we have smartphones"

    So, let's not make that watch a lot of people seem to want and have been asking for from Huawei, a 5 atm watch with HRM in a Huawei watch 1 style case with sapphire glass.

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