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We found out back at the Huawei P10 launch that the Huawei Watch 2 would be coming to South Africa. Now, the company has indeed launched the device in the country.
The watch stands out thanks to a water resistant design, LTE connectivity and Android/iOS support. Other notable features include a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, NFC/GPS/WiFi/Bluetooth and a range of preinstalled fitness apps.
Huawei is also pushing the standalone nature of the watch, thanks to the aforementioned LTE capabilities, allowing you to use standalone apps or call/text contacts without a tethered phone.
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An LTE-capable watch will almost certainly result in reduced battery life, but Huawei claims up to two days of juice with regular use, up to ten hours in “training mode” and three weeks in “watch mode” (presumably showing the watchface only, with no connectivity).
The watch also packs Android Wear 2.0, which delivers expanded options for the always-on feature, new Google Fit functionality, Google Assistant and an on-watch Play Store.
The Huawei Watch 2 goes on sale this month “at an RRP between R5299-R5499”, Huawei says.