During this year’s MWC, Huawei has updated its device roster in both grand and minute ways, with several new devices — the P10 and P10 Plus along with the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic.
If you liked last year’s Huawei P9, then chances are you’ll be on board with the P10 (and Plus). On the other hand, if you were a fan of the more fashionable Huawei Watch (2016), then you may not dig the bigger, more exercise-focused Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic.
Huawei P10/P10 Plus
Huawei brings back the P9’s design in two models of the P10. The standard model has a 5.1” 1080p display, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Meanwhile, the larger P10 Plus has a 5.5” WQHD display (2560×1440) paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Both models come with the EMUI 5.1 skin on top of Android Nougat.
Each also has a dual-camera Leica system again — an updated 20MP monochrome lens and a 12MP colored lens. The monochromatic lens is mainly for detail and light in photos, while the other lens will add the color and saturation. You’ll also be able to show off the strength of the dual-camera system with Huawei’s new Portrait Mode for the P10, which blurs background objects and highlights the foreground subject in amazing detail.
Huawei has put a single button in the front of the phone that includes a fingerprint sensor which detects swipe input for you to use instead (or rather in addition to) the normal Android navbar. There are exclusive software themes to pair with each of the 8 exterior colors the P10 comes in. Huawei is also bringing Amazon’s Alexa to the P10 soon, like it is doing with the Mate 9. Probably most importantly, though, the software included in the P10 is outfitted with a special type of machine learning that is stated to launch apps up to 20% faster.
Unfortunately for our readers in the United States, there’s no eta of availability for either P10, but if you live in Europe, Malaysia, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and “a number of other countries” you can expect the P10 to arrive in March. The standard P10 will retail for €649 (~$685) while the P10 Plus will be €699 (~$738).
Now, to my personal disappointment, the long-awaited Huawei Watch 2 has also be revealed. It also will have two variants: the more rugged Watch 2, and the slightly-less-rugged-but-more-rugged-than-last-year’s Watch 2 Classic. If you enjoyed the classy and more fashionable look of the Huawei Watch of last year, these 2 new versions ditch that idea for something a bit more health-conscious.
Both the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic are thicker than last year’s model and feature GPS, NFC, heart rate sensors, microphones/speakers, IP68 water protection, a 420mAh battery and smaller displays at 1.2” each. Huawei states that the battery life of both models can get you two days of use, while a new “watch mode” will keep the device alive for up to 25 days. They also each have two hardware buttons, one being the selection button and the other most likely being a shortcut to Huawei Fit.
The Watch 2 is made of plastic to facilitate LTE connectivity, and the Watch 2 Classic is metal. Both watches are much more ruggedized and are targeting a new audience, an audience that is notably masculine. Huawei noted this and stated that last year’s Watch Elegant and Watch Jewel will still be available for more feminine users.
If you’re like me and don’t necessarily like the new watch focus, you’ll have to look at other manufacturers, but if you are interested in the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic they will be available in March in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and China. The US and other countries will see them starting in April and the watches will sell from €329 (~$347).
What do you think about Huawei’s next generation of devices? Should we have seen a bigger shift with the P10 and a smaller shift with the Watch 2? Sound off below and let us know your thoughts about Huawei’s MWC reveal.