The Huawei Watch GT was a popular choice for both fitness enthusiasts and busy individuals when it first launched, not only because it was stylish and long-lasting, but because it occupied a rare space between a full smartwatch and fitness tracker, making it incredibly versatile.
Not contented with merely one smartwatch in the market, the tech giant has yet another addition to the company’s growing presence in the wearables market. It might be quite predictably christened the Huawei Watch GT 2, but its features are anything but ordinary. We recently had the opportunity to take it for a spin, here’s why it’s the smartwatch to cop, both for yourself and your loved ones this Christmas.
Craftsmanship has always been a key design focus of any timepiece, regardless of whether it’s digital, mechanical, or anything in between. Huawei’s design team clearly took this design philosophy very seriously because the Watch G T2 is undeniably sleek.
The first thing you’ll notice about the watch is its 3D bezel-less watch face, which showcases the brand’s pursuit for modernity and innovation. Without clunky bezels, you get not only more screen, but also an unadulterated view of what the watch has to offer. This high quality glass is also carved by a gemstone processing technology that makes it resistant to water and dust, which gives this watch a utilitarian edge. The 1.39-inch AMOLED screen delivers crisp graphics with a resolution of 454×454 pixels and with a brightness of 1,000 nits, making it bright enough for any condition.
It’s also considerably lighter than the previous model. The 9.4-inch ultra-thin watch body sits comfortably on the wrist without looking overly clunky, and wears well with just about any outfit.
Huawei has always been in pursuit of achieving the most battery life out of its nifty little smartwatches. Huawei’s first self-developed wearable chip, the Kirin A1, sees a dual-chip design and intelligent power-saving technology which ensures peak performance with as little power consumption as possible. The 42mm series lasted me five days on a single charge, especially since I used it for streaming music and exercise tracking regularly, but it’ll do up to a week if you’re prudent with your activities.
Inside, the Huawei Watch GT 2 has 2GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, out of which 2.2GB is usable space and is enough to hold around 500 songs.
It’s almost a given that smartwatches today will include some sort of fitness-related functionality, but few go the distance like this one. Taking the Watch GT 2 out for a run with the HR and GPS active, for example, will give you pretty definitive insight into your VO2max levels, a vital indicator for athletic performance and health.
Real-time heart rate monitoring is courtesy of the Huawei TruSeen™, which has now been upgraded to give more accurate readings real time. An AI heart rate algorithm keeps the momentum going even while you’re sleeping, providing extensive data for those looking to seek deeper insight into their body.
But the watch does more than feed you data about your body. It’s also designed to help you achieve your fitness goals as effectively as possible. The Personal Workout Guide is particularly useful here; it comes pre-installed with more than 10 running courses and offers voice guidance throughout, which can be synced to your wireless earphones via bluetooth. These running courses vary depending on your goals and level of proficiency, whether it’s to lose weight or to gain endurance.
If you live your weekends by the pool, the Watch GT 2 has a 50m water resistance feature that allows you to track your heart rate, distance, calories burned and speed during your laps.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 does an above-and-beyond job of providing smartwatch capabilities in one sleek and lightweight package, and the inclusion of internal storage for music (previously not included in the Watch GT) makes it an even better everyday companion for both travellers and fitness buffs. The watch doesn’t support third-party apps and can’t be customised much (save for the already stylish watch faces on offer), but the well-designed interface should more than make up for this.
The watch did respond slightly slower than other smartwatches at times, but it’s still largely intuitive and easy to navigate. If you’re in the market for a smartwatch that scores high on reliability, aesthetics, and functionality, the Huawei Watch GT 2 should be at the top of your list.