Remember the Huawei tch? It was one of the best Android ar watches, with a simple minimalist dress watch appeal. The Huawei tch 2 ( tch 2 Classic) are nothing like it.
The tch 2 is big, bulky, plasticky. I was reminded of the tch Sport I recently reviewed. Huawei’s sport watch has similar features, including NFC, G, a heart rate monitor, a similar big, chunky, sporty look. However, Huawei’s new watch feels a bit lighter is more ergonomically shaped, is thus more comfortable to wear than ’s tch Sport.
The tch 2 will come in a variety of styles with different bs, should release around April or so. No U.S. pricing has been announced, but depending on the style features (4G support is optional), the price will vary. I was told to expect something in the ballpark of $350, which seems a little steep for a watch with such a plasticky bulky design. But, again, no firm U.S. pricing has been announced.
If you want something with a little more class, there’s always the tch 2 Classic. It’s about the same size, lacks the E option, but has a classy metallic build design that won’t look so out of place when you go out to dinner.
Curiously, these watches each have just 2GB of storage, while nearly all other Android ar watches come with 4GB. They are otherwise quite similar to other ar watches—you’ve got a Snapdragon 2100, 420mAh battery, display resolution of 390×390.
They seem nice enough, but I can’t help but feel like Android ar is going backwards. ’s new tch Sport Style, these new Huawei watches, are larger than some of the best first-generation Android ar devices. They’re not as attractive, with cheaper-feeling build quality materials. Shouldn’t the watches be getting smaller slimmer, with build quality in line with other watches that cost a few hundred bucks?
Android ar 2.0 is a step forward for ’s wearable OS, it needs to be matched by a similar step forward in hardware. The Huawei tch 2 tch 2 Classic are fine for what they are, but they don’t seem like evolutionary improvements at all.