Huawei’s latest flagship wearable is “made for free spirits” and focuses on fitness with comprehensive training reports provided by Firstbeat.
The Huawei Watch 2 was officially introduced to the world at Mobile World Conference 2017 in Barcelona. Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu announced the company’s newest smartwatch following the introduction of the Huawei P10 smartphone. The announcements took place Sunday evening and were broadcast live around the world.
The Watch 2 will supplant the original Huawei Watch, which was introduced at the same event two years earlier. Huawei reports the new device will inherit many design features from its predecessor, but will also deliver “new innovations in every category to better empower users’ spirit of exploration and help them enjoy and active lifestyle.”
A new focus on fitness monitoring and the introduction of comprehensive training reports are key differentiators between the Watch 2 and its predecessor. To facilitate these advances, Huawei collaborated with Firstbeat, a leading provider of heartbeat analytics for elite sports and health, fitness, and lifestyle applications. Huawei describes the result as a “high specification fitness device that uses multiple sensors with advanced algorithms to provide fitness solutions and make working out more efficient and effective.“
The Huawei Watch 2 is the second device from the Chinese company to provide physiological insights derived from Firstbeat analytics capabilities. Previous collaboration between the two companies resulted in the Huawei Fit, which targeted fitness enthusiasts and was launched Q3 2016.
An overview of Firstbeat powered features in the Huawei Watch 2:
Automatic VO2max fitness level detection: this goto metric for physiologists and exercise scientists defines your personal fitness level by revealing your body’s ability to utilize oxygen. Traditionally available through laboratory testing, Firstbeat estimates VO2max fitness levels using a combination of speed and heartbeat data obtained during running and walking activities. You are able to see your current fitness level, compare it to other people of the same age and gender, and evaluate whether you are currently fit enough to gain health benefits, or if there is room to improve. It also holds the key to personalizing training prescriptions, and watching your VO2max fitness level change over time can be rewarding and serve as a powerful motivator for improvement.
Training Effect is one of Firstbeat’s most popular contributions to the world of fitness wearables. It reveals in real time the physiological impact your workout will have on your aerobic VO2max fitness level. The inclusion of Training Effect allows the Watch 2 to tell whether your workout is maintaining or improving your current fitness level. It can even reveal when you are pushing too hard and increasing your risk of injury or overtraining before it’s too late.
To ensure a healthy and balanced approach to training, the Watch 2 offers Firstbeat’s Recovery Time feature which utilizes a countdown timer to display the number of hours remaining before your body is ready for the next hard, fitness improving, type workout. The countdown timer updates at the completion of each training session based on the Training Effect score achieved during the session, the amount of time remaining on the countdown timer at the start of the session, and additional data collected along the way. Following Recovery Time guidance ensures that you get the maximum benefit from your workouts.
In addition to comprehensive training reports in the form of VO2max fitness level detection, Training Effect, and Recovery Time, along with traditional metrics, the Watch 2 also includes Real-time Coaching and adaptive Running Training Plans designed to help enable you to achieve your targets for each session and your long-term training goals. The Watch 2 also utilizes Firstbeat’s oxygen-based energy expenditure calculation to provide accurate calorie counts throughout the day, regardless of your activities.
Two variants will be available; the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic.
Availability and Accessories
HUAWEI Watch 2 will be available in more than 20 countries and regions. These include:
Launching in March – Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, China.
Launching in April – US, UK, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, The Nordics, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India, South Africa, Poland, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Japan, UAE
Launching in May – Malaysia
Firstbeat Technologies Ltd. (“Firstbeat”) is the leading provider of physiological analytics for sports, fitness and wellbeing. The Firstbeat technology turns heartbeat data into rich, personalized and actionable insights on exercise, stress, sleep and recovery. Firstbeat analytics are used by hundreds of elite sports teams, thousands of corporations, and millions of consumers worldwide to improve their performance and wellbeing. Firstbeat has developed revolutionary analytics technology that creates a digital model of user’s physiology through advanced modelling of heart function and heart rate variability (HRV). For more information please visit: https://www.firstbeat.com.
About Huawei Consumer Business Group
Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2014. Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer Business Group is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. Huawei’s global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world. For more information please visit: http://consumer.huawei.com