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Huawei Watch 2 breaks cover: big and bad, with a fully independent option

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It's been rumored for some time, but now Huawei has made it official: the Huawei Watch 2 is now a reality. The latest of the company' Android Wear devices was unveiled at its Mobile World Congress press conference, following the unveiling of its newest flagship smartphones, the P10 and P10 Plus.

The new wearable follows in its predecessor's footsteps by trying to bring the best of both worlds – the sports-oriented and the casual smartwatch, in one good-looking package. Just like the newly-announced smartphones, the Huawei Watch 2 puts a lot of focus on style, and is offered with a number of bands to suit most users' needs. However, it's worth noting the device is pretty bulky, even for a smartwatch, which can make wearing it every day an uncomfortable experience for some users.

Thanks to the Android Wear 2.0 platform, the Watch 2 can be used both as a companion to your smartphone, and as a standalone device running its own, specialized apps. The latter, however, is only available for users of the independent, 4G-enabled version of the device, which can make use of a nano SIM or eSIM card. The watch features a number of high-end features such as GPS and a real-time heart rate monitor, and its chassis is made of ceramic, which, along with its slightly curved profile, promises to be comfortable, despite the device's thickness.

It features a 1.2", 390x390 AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass. The 420 mAh battery isn't the biggest one on the market, but Huawei promises 2 days battery life with everyday usage. The device is also IP68-certified, making it suitable for some water sports, or the occasional spilled drink.

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