Huawei Watch Match 2 made its world debut in Could at a glamorous occasion in Milano, the place we additionally noticed the Watch GT 3 Professional and the foldable smartphone Mate Xs 2. We already reviewed the flagship wearable, and now we additionally received to spend a while with the Match.
It has a 1.74” AMOLED show, coronary heart fee, SpO2 and stress monitoring in addition to assist for 97 totally different sports activities modes. Huawei gives it in three types, with our being an Elegant answer in Silver Frost coloration with a magnetic metallic band. The 20mm band itself is commonplace and simply replaceable, however we cherished the general look, so we discovered no motive to search for alternate options.
Design and construct
The Huawei Watch Match 2 has an oblong physique and an impressively skinny bezel on all 4 sides. It’s fairly compact, becoming half method between smartwatches and good bands. The maker outfitted it with a single flat button on the aspect and a touchscreen, which is the one method to navigate – you can’t scroll with any rotating button.
The watch is extraordinarily mild – round 30 grams with out the metallic band. However even that included it’s nonetheless barely felt in your wrist. Nonetheless, people who find themselves not into eradicating their arm hair might need slight points with the strap that borrows the design from medieval chainmail with tiny round parts weaved into one another.
The again aspect has the well being sensors and the massive disappointment – two pogo pins for the proprietary charger. That’s proper, the Watch Match 2 doesn’t assist wi-fi charging, so it’s important to carry yet one more cable. Huawei determined to go for a magnetic possibility which generally is a trouble due at time because the magnet attaches to the metallic body and strap as an alternative of the particular pogo pins.
The consumer interface is Concord OS 2.0, basically what Huawei has been utilizing in its wearables for the previous couple of years. The OS is tailored for the oblong display, which means the menu is just in a listing – there isn’t any choice to have all of the apps and options on a single display, floating subsequent to one another just like the GT 3 units.
Downloading Huawei Well being is crucial for the correct functioning of the Watch Match 2. Fortunately, we had no points connecting the wearable to any of the telephones we tried and the app may be downloaded even from a browser. We should always point out that whereas Huawei Well being is obtainable on Google Play, the corporate recommends getting it from its AppGallery repository because it has a extra updated model. The truth is the model at present accessible within the Play retailer does not but assist the Watch Match 2.
The Huawei Watch Match 2 helps 97 sports activities modes, yet another than the Huawei Band 7. We particularly requested firm executives concerning the distinction between the band and the watch as a result of each segments have fluctuating boundaries. The Match 2 comes with GPS, in contrast to the band, which means it might monitor a run or a swim or a motorbike experience by itself and doesn’t want smartphone help for that.
Notifications supply is dependable, though Huawei has points displaying emojis, and so they come out as an asterisk, particularly if somebody reacted on an Instagram story. Nonetheless, they’re straightforward to handle and navigate. Additionally, the Watch Match 2 comes with climate updates (that are pulled from the telephone), dawn and sundown occasions and moon phases.
The Huawei Watch Match 2 has a 292 mAh battery. It might go as much as 10 days on a single cost with AOD off and a few well being monitoring options turned off.
In real-life eventualities, the Watch Match 2 lasted us for eight days, particularly if on a regular basis actions are concerned. Turning the AOD halves that. On the upside each pre-loaded watch face comes with its AOD design, so no less than you’re getting some additional fashion to make up for the misplaced endurance.
The already talked about proprietary charger comes within the retail field, and on the different finish has a USB. A 50% cost takes half-hour, whereas 0-100% takes about 80 minutes.
Huawei gives the Watch Match 2 as a trendy answer for urbanites who desire a trend accent that may additionally show notifications and a few well being monitoring. We cherished the accessible strap choice and the short connectivity and communication with the smartphone.
We additionally loved the audible health animations for individuals who choose exercising whereas watching their wearable. The GPS is dependable sufficient for any informal jogger and their weekly 5k run.
Costs of the Watch Match 2 are €150/€180/€230, relying on whether or not the consumer picks a fluoroelastomer band, a basic leather-based band, or the trendy selection we examined. As at all times, Huawei gives loads of freebies and different reductions in order that the value can get you not only a fairly wearable however a scale or a transportable speaker in most markets. It looks as if a strong deal to us!