2016 was a quiet year for smartwatches, but it appears things will change this year. One of the sleekest-looking Android Wear devices, the Huawei Watch, will receive a successor later this year; it may be unveiled as early as February next month at MWC 2017.
According to VentureBeat, which got its information from a source familiar with Huawei’s plans, the Huawei Watch 2 will run on Android Wear 2.0 and have a “sportier” aesthetic than its predecessor. This is quite a change in terms of design from the first Huawei Watch, which is mainly marketed as a classy wearable.
Other than that, Huawei will reportedly introduce an optional feature with the Huawei Watch 2: cellular connectivity. There will be a variant of the wearable with a built-in SIM card for data connections when the device isn’t paired with a smartphone. Of course, this particular variant of the Huawei Watch 2 will also be able to make and receive phone calls.
Google is expected to launch Android Wear 2.0 on 9 February 2017, and the company is said to be launching two smartwatches co-developed with LG on that day too. If this is indeed the case, the Huawei Watch 2 will be introduced merely a few weeks after at MWC 2017, although VentureBeat’s source revealed that the plan has not been finalised yet.