Huawei-owned smartphone brand HONOR has launched its newest smartwatch, the HONOR MagicWatch 2. Released just a year after its predecessor, the MagicWatch 2 boasts of a number of new and improved features, as well as a battery life of up to 14 days.
The HONOR MagicWatch 2 doesn’t fall far from its original circular design that aims to mimic the look of a classic, mechanical watch. Made of aerospace-grade refined stainless steel, it comes in two size variants: 46mm and 42mm. The 46mm variant will house a high-definition 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display at a 454×454 resolution while the 42mm model will house the same high-definition AMOLED touchscreen display, but it comes in slightly smaller at 1.2-inches with a 390×390 resolution. Both watches will have customizable watch faces and interchangeable straps. Color options differ depending on the variant with the 46mm offering Charcoal Black and Flax Brown, while the 42mm model has Agate Black and Sakura Gold options.
Both variants of the MagicWatch 2 are powered by the Kirin A1 chipset and they contain 4GB of internal storage, 2GB of which can be allotted for music storage of up to 500 songs.
The MagicWatch 2 supports a total of 15 goal-based fitness modes that can track both indoor and outdoor sports and activities. These include indoor/outdoor running, cycling, swimming, triathlon, free training, and more. Additionally, there are 13 built-in professional indoor and outdoor running courses made to aid beginners all the up to professionals. Real-time VoiceOver guidance acts as a personal coach that helps guide you through the different running courses and is paired with a “Virtual Pacesetter” that helps maintain the correct pace to help achieve the pre-set target time. Both watches are water-resistant up to 50m and will be able to monitor heart rate underwater as well as record SWOLF score and calories burned during swimming workouts.
The MagicWatch 2 improves not only its fitness features but also its overall health monitoring. Both variants are equipped with Huawei TruSeen 3.5, Huawei TruSleep 2.0 and Huawei TruRelax. The Huawei TruSeen 3.5 uses “AI algorithm and innovative light path technology” to continuously monitor heart rate. It is also able to sense and alert when your heart rate falls or rises to an abnormal level. TruSleep 2.0 is the watch’s sleep tracker and has the ability to detect and diagnose 6 common types of sleep disorders as well as suggest over 200 ways to address it and improve sleep quality. Lastly, TrueRelax helps you maintain a relaxed lifestyle by monitoring your stress levels and detect when you’re feeling tense. It will then suggest a variety of breathing exercises for stress relief. All workouts, statistics and the like can be seamlessly synced with the Huawei Health app for a better overview and analysis.
Smart features of the MagicWatch 2 include push notifications for SMS messages, emails, and calendar, all of which are displayed on-screen. It also has a set of pre-installed apps such as weather, alarm, timer, and Find My Phone. The 46mm variant also supports Bluetooth calls via a headset or the watch’s built-in mic and speaker, even if you’re 150m away from your phone.
The MagicWatch 2’s previous model already boasted an impressive 7-day battery life and this time around it’s able to offer twice as much. To that effect, the 46mm variant can last up to 14 days on a full charge even with its features fully functioning. According to HONOR, the MagicWatch 2 will be able to keep going for 14 days even with sleep monitoring, continuous heart rate monitoring, and push message notifications turned on. With the same conditions (except for Bluetooth calls), the 42mm variant falls short and retains the original 7-day battery life which, for a smartwatch with active features, is still pretty impressive.
Overall, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 seems to be a promising follow up to the original MagicWatch. It’s able to offer improved health and fitness features as well tied together with impressive battery life at an affordable price point.