Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on assessment

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Introduction

Honor has been actually adamant about its independence from Huawei, particularly lately. And whereas we positively respect this stance and discover it fairly justified within the smartphone realm, with issues like totally different mannequin variations, priorities and goal audiences, the scenario within the wearable realm is quite a bit much less clear-cut.

To be clear, shouldn’t be misconstrued as a adverse touch upon our finish. Quite the opposite. We discover Honor’s present technique of borrowing Huawei wearable tech, butting a slight spin and customization on prime and usually decreasing the worth level a bit works fairly nicely. It did so with the unique Huawei MagicWatch, which took after the Huawei Watch GT and now the identical is transpiring with the hew MagicWatch 2.

Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

It isn’t arduous to see that Honor’s new wearable borrows most of each its internals and externals from its Huawei sibling. Once more, that is the polar reverse of a foul technique on Honor’s finish since Huawei has actually stepped-up it wearable recreation as of late.

Hardware and design

The MagicWatch2 encompasses a strong, premium 361L stainless-steel shell and a traditional round watch design. Styling-wise, it actually is nearly similar to the Huawei Watch GT 2, with most bodily variations restricted to modifications in accents and different small particulars across the watch. Once more, we will not actually complain, because the Huawei Watch GT 2 has confirmed to be fairly sturdy in our assessments, whereas additionally arguably trying extraordinarily trendy. The 5ATM (50 meter) water resistance ranking is carried over as nicely.


Charcoal Black 46mm Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Charcoal Black 46mm


Charcoal Black 46mm Flax Brown 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Flax Brown 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Flax Brown 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Flax Brown 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Flax Brown 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Flax Brown 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Flax Brown 46mm

Persevering with down the listing of similarities, the Honor MagicWatch 2 can also be obtainable in two sizes – 46mm and 42mm. The previous ideas the dimensions at 41 grams, whereas the latter is noticeably lighter at 29 grams. Once more, similar to what you get with the Huawei Watch GT 2. And in a similar way, we might positively suggest the larger and heavier model to long-time watch wearers, resulting from its acquainted weight and really feel. In fact, the 42mm variant makes simply as a lot sense and easily fills a barely totally different market area of interest. The smaller physique did necessitate just a few cut-backs in options and hardware, however nothing actually important to the core performance. Each fashions may be had with a wide array of straps. Customary dimension ones at that, leaving the chance for third-part straps large open.


Charcoal Black 46mm Agate Black 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Agate Black 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Agate Black 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Agate Black 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Agate Black 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Agate Black 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Agate Black 42mm


Charcoal Black 46mm Sakura Gold 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Sakura Gold 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Sakura Gold 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Sakura Gold 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Sakura Gold 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm Sakura Gold 42mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Sakura Gold 42mm

The MagicWatch 2 (46mm) is offered in Charcoal Black and Flax Brown, whereas its smaller 42mm sibling is available in both Agate Black or Sakura Gold. And similar to the Huawei Watch GT 2, the MagicWatch 2 is offered in just a few totally different editions, in addition to dimension variants. These largely tweak the body of the watch and its general silhouette.



Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Charcoal Black 46mm - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Honor MagicWatch 2

Editions apart, probably the most obvious bodily distinction between the 46mm and 42mm fashions is the show dimension. Each get a vibrant OLED panel, which appears extremely sharp, whereas offering improved battery effectivity. The 46mm MagicWatch 2 has 1.39 inches in diagonal to work with and a crisp 454 x 454 pixel decision, understanding to 326 ppi. It is smaller sibling – 1.2 inches, 390 x 390 pixels and the identical 326 ppi density.


Honor MagicWatch 2 display - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Honor MagicWatch 2 display - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review
Honor MagicWatch 2 display - Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Honor MagicWatch 2 show

Just like the numbers recommend, there’s completely no distinction in visible constancy between the 2 sizes. Additionally, in line with the final spirit up to now, these shows are unsurprisingly the identical Spectacular panels you’ll discover on the Huawei Watch GT 2 household of watches.

Internals, battery and software program

On the within, the Honor MagicWatch 2 pair is probably much more acquainted, since all of the hardware is mainly borrowed from the Huawei Watch GT 2 line. The general hardware and have variations between the 46mm and 42mm fashions are carried over as nicely.

Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Simply to reiterate as soon as once more, this isn’t a grievance in any means since each wearables are constructed round Huawei’s wonderful new Kirin A1 platform. It’s actually feature-packed when it comes to exercise and well being monitoring, in addition to connectivity. Maybe most spectacular, although, is the chip’s energy effectivity. Honor claims a formidable 14 days of battery life, with a blended utilization sample, together with sleep and coronary heart charge monitoring, notifications for messages and a 90-minute exercise regiment per-week with the on-board GPS on. You may even throw in 30 minutes of music playback each week and nonetheless get to 3 weeks on a cost. Fairly spectacular and having noticed related outcomes on the Huawei Watch GT 2 in actual life, now we have no purpose to doubt Honor’s similar numbers.

Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

In fact, these numbers are for the larger 46mm mannequin. It is 43mm sibling has a smaller battery, so you may count on round per week away from the charger with the identical utilization sample. That, after all, being one of many downsides on the smaller mannequin. One other notable one could be the shortage of Bluetooth name and obtain capabilities.

Because of its baked-in Bluetooth 5.1 and speaker and mic combo, the 46mm MagicWatch 2 could make and obtain calls at as much as 150 meters away out of your telephone. You may both use the aforementioned hardware in a speakerphone configuration or connect a Bluetooth headset to the wearable and speak on the telephone that means. The smaller 42mm MagicWatch 2 nonetheless has the identical Bluetooth adaptor, however it will possibly solely use it for music playback.

Each variations have 4GB of on-board reminiscence, 2GB of which is accessible as consumer storage for music. You may get pleasure from a fairly respectable degree of autonomous use with the MagicWatch 2 and due to different built-in options like Climate, Alarm, Timer and Discover My Cellphone, a whole lot of smartwatch fundamentals are lined as nicely.

That may sound like considerably unusual of an announcement to make. The extra observant amongst you may need additionally observed that we have not actually referred to the MagicWatch 2 a smartwatch to this point. That’s completely intentional on our finish, since we aren’t fairly positive tips on how to categorise the MagicWatch 2.

The road is a bit murky relating to smartwatches, however the usually accepted norm is wearable must have an expandable OS to be thought of a smartwatch. In a way, similar to the Huawei Watch GT 2, the Honor MagicWatch 2 does run a proprietary OS that often will get new options, which Huawei does discuss with as apps, in addition to new watch faces and numerous different choices. Not like Samsung’s Tizen wearables and a few Put on OS gadgets, nevertheless, you do not get the choice to obtain and set up new apps and options your self. So, technically talking, the MagicWatch 2 is a health wearable or good exercise tracker with additional options added on. In sensible phrases, although, it actually blurs the road. Many will discover that the characteristic set is completely satisfactory. All of the whereas, a closed-down software program platform on a non-standard, optimised chip just like the Kirin A1 clearly has tangible advantages relating to energy effectivity.

Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

Nonetheless, it is a good suggestion to be conversant in what you may count on type the MagicWatch 2. It’s a closed-down proprietary system and what you see out of the field is what you get. No additional apps and options. Past that, there are respectable customization choices. Whereas nonetheless a bit restricted, the watchface choice has positively been bettering steadily.

On the plus facet, the OS seems to be fairly decently optimised to run on the Kirin A1. Animations are adequately easy and the MagicWatch 2 feels snappy and responsive. Positively a leg up from different related gadgets now we have examined up to now, just like the Amazfit GTR and Bip or the favored Xiaomi Mi Band line of wearables.

Sensors and options

Talking of the OS and its options, we already went over the fundamental – notifications, climate, timers and even calls in case you go for the larger 46mm MagicWatch 2. Naturally, as with most wearables, the meat of the performance is geared in the direction of exercise monitoring and monitoring of vitals. The MagicWatch 2 is not any slough in both.

Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

HUAWEI TruSeen is a reasonably refined 24/7 coronary heart charge monitoring algorithm that may concern alerts when your pulse goes above or under typical or accepted ranges. That, in itself, makes to complete idea of getting coronary heart charge date a bit extra virtually helpful to the typical consumer. Huawei TrueRelax analyses the identical information and may information you thru respiratory workouts at any time when your stress ranges rise. The wearable’s coronary heart charge monitor additionally performs an element in sleep monitoring. HUAWEI TruSleep 2.zero claims it will possibly diagnose 6 frequent kinds of sleep problem and offer-up over 200 corresponding ideas. Granted, that appears like a bit too bold.

Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

As for as extra tangible information monitoring goes, the MagicWatch 2 does supply a formidable 15 goal-based health modes, together with eight outside and seven indoor sports activities. Working, climbing, biking, triathlons, rowing machines and free coaching are simply among the examples. On prime of this, there’s additionally a choice of 13 indoor and outside operating programs, divided into totally different ranges type newbie to superior. These characteristic actual time VoiceOver steering. There may be additionally a Digital Pacesetter that provides up reminders that will help you sustain with a sure tempo to remain inside a private pre-set goal time.

The Honor MagicWatch 2 additionally feels fairly snug in water with its 5ATM ranking. Not solely that, however it will possibly truly actively observe your swimming exercise, together with coronary heart charge, SWOLF rating, distance, pace and energy burned.

Ultimate ideas

Although the Honor MagicWatch 2 comes as a predictable successor to the unique MagicWatch and and equally predictable almost similar twin to the Huawei Watch GT 2, it’s nonetheless fairly a formidable and tempting package deal.

Honor MagicWatch 2 hands-on review

It’s a part of a rising wave of hybrid wearables that sit a leg above conventional health wearables in each appears and options, whereas borrowing many of the performance of conventional smartwatches, with significantly better battery endurance numbers. A tempting center floor for a rising variety of good wearable adopters.

The Honor MagicWatch 2 can be obtainable on world markets staring December 12. Pricing is as follows:

  • Charcoal Black 46mm – CNY 1199 (~$170)
  • Flax Brown 46mm – CNY 1399 (~$200)
  • Agate Black 42mm – CNY 1099 (~$155)
  • Sakura Gold 42mm – CNY 1399 (~$200)

As per official sources, that ought to translate to EUR 179 beginning worth fo the 42mm model and EUR 189 for the 46mm one.