Huawei Watch Fit 2 made its global debut in May at a glamorous event in Milan, where we also saw the Watch GT 3 Pro and the foldable smartphone Mate Xs 2. We have already reviewed the flagship wearable, and now we also got to spend some time with Fit .
It has 1.74 ”AMOLED screen, heart rate, SpO2 and stress tracking as well as support for 97 different sports modes. Huawei offers it in three styles, where we are an elegant solution in Silver Frost color with a magnetic metal band. The 20mm band itself is standard and easy to replace, but we loved the overall look, so we found no reason to look for alternatives.
Design and build
Huawei Watch Fit 2 has a rectangular body and an impressively thin edge on all four sides. It is quite compact and fits halfway between smartwatches and smart bands. The manufacturer equipped it with a single flat button on the side and a touchscreen, which is the only way to navigate – you can not scroll with any rotating button.
The watch is extremely light – about 30 grams without the metal band. But even that included, it is still barely noticeable on your wrist. But people who are not into removing their arm hair may have small problems with the strap, which borrows the design from medieval chain mail with small circular elements woven into each other.
The back has the health sensors and the big disappointment – two pogo pins for the proprietary charger. That’s right, Watch Fit 2 does not support wireless charging, so you will need to bring another cable. Huawei decided to go for a magnetic option, which can be a cumbersome reason at a time when the magnet is attached to the metal frame and strap instead of the actual pogo pins.
The user interface is Harmony OS 2.0, essentially what Huawei has been using in its wearables for the last few years. OS is adapted to the rectangular screen, which means that the menu is only on a list – there is no possibility to have all apps and functions on a single screen, floating next to each other like the GT 3 devices.
Downloading Huawei Health is essential for the proper functioning of the Watch Fit 2. Luckily, we had no trouble connecting the laptop to any of the phones we tried, and the app can be downloaded even from a browser. We should mention that while Huawei Health is available on Google Play, the company recommends getting it from its AppGallery repository as it has a more updated version. In fact, the version currently available in the Play Store does not yet support Watch Fit 2.
The Huawei Watch Fit 2 supports 97 sport modes, one more than the Huawei Band 7. We specifically asked business leaders about the difference between the strap and the watch because both segments have fluctuating boundaries. Fit 2 comes with GPS, unlike the tape, which means it can track a run or a swim or a bike ride on its own and does not need smartphone assistance for that.
Delivery of messages is reliable, though Huawei has trouble displaying emojis, and they come out like a star, especially if someone responded to an Instagram story. Still, they are easy to manage and navigate. Watch Fit 2 also comes with weather updates (which are downloaded from the phone), times for sunrise and sunset and lunar phases.
Huawei Watch Fit 2 has a 292 mAh battery. It can take up to 10 days on a single charge with AOD off and some health monitoring features off.
In real-world scenarios, Watch Fit 2 kept us going for eight days, especially if everyday activities are involved. Turning the AOD halves it. On the other hand, all preloaded dials come with its AOD design, so you at least get some extra style to compensate for the lost endurance.
The already mentioned proprietary charger comes in the retail box, and has at the other end a USB. A 50% charge takes 30 minutes, while 0-100% takes about 80 minutes.
Huawei offers Watch Fit 2 as a stylish solution for city dwellers who want a fashion accessory that can also display notifications and some health tracking. We loved the available strap choice and the fast connection and communication with the smartphone.
We also enjoyed the audible fitness animations for those who prefer to work out while staring at their laptop. The GPS is reliable enough for any casual jogger and their weekly 5k run.
The prices of the Watch Fit 2 are € 150 / € 180 / € 230, depending on whether the user chooses a fluoroelastomer band, a classic leather band or the stylish choice we tested. As always, Huawei offers lots of freebies and other discounts, so the price can give you not just a beautiful laptop, but a weight or a portable speaker in most markets. It seems like a solid deal to us!