Huawei is developing a new smartwatch, according to mobile industry insider Evan Blass. Just don’t expect it to be drastically different than anything the company has already released.
The Huawei Watch 2 (2018), as Blass calls it, will ship with one very minor difference in an otherwise identical package.
Rather than forcing users to utilize Bluetooth and Wi-Fi alone, the smartwatch will also feature cellular connectivity. Here, though, users can take advantage of eSIM support. If you purchase the Huawei Watch 2 (2018), you won’t need a physical SIM card.
It’s an advanced technology that assigns a built-in, digital SIM card to your device. Google’s Pixel 2 ships with eSIM support for Project Fi customers. The Apple Watch Series 3, too, sports an eSIM. As long as the desired carrier accepts eSIMs, you’re able to connect to a wireless network immediately.
Earlier this year, the company confirmed the Huawei Watch 3 is in development. Since there’s only one change made for this soon-to-be-announced model, it’ll merely give the Huawei Watch 2 more life.
More companies are holding off on introducing entirely new smartwatches, so Huawei isn’t alone. It came out of the gate with the Huawei Watch in 2015; however, the buzz didn’t carry over to its successor. The Huawei Watch 2 didn’t meet internal expectations after the public basically ignored the product.
Either in the fall or early next year is when will probably see the next flagship smartwatch from Huawei. Wear OS, which recently replaced Android Wear, should be rebooted in the coming months as Google prepares a Pixel-branded smartwatch. Once Wear OS’ user interface is overhauled and new features are brought in, Huawei and other partners could see value in the platform again.