Huawei has been within the wearables house for fairly a while now, and has been steadily pushing out new smartwatch fashions in India. The corporate launched the Watch GT early final yr for Rs. 15,990, and there is now a successor aptly known as the Watch GT 2. Surprisingly, this watch packs in additional options however is priced decrease, at Rs. 14,990. The brand new smartwatch guarantees 14 days of battery life and has a speaker that’ll permit you to take calls on the watch itself. Do you have to plonk your cash down on the Watch GT 2? We evaluate it to seek out out.
Huawei Watch GT 2 design
Huawei presents the Watch GT 2 in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm. Surprisingly, the design is a bit completely different for the 2 variants. The smaller one seems to be so much just like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (Review) with a plain casing, whereas the larger variant has markings across the bezel that give it a sportier look. We now have the 46mm variant for this evaluate.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has two buttons on the proper facet. These protrude fairly a bit however are simple to press and provide good tactile suggestions. The higher button is to return within the UI, whereas the decrease one might be assigned to any characteristic on the smartwatch. Between these two buttons is the speaker grille, which is not very simple to identify.
Huawei has used vast 22mm straps for the Watch GT 2. These are user-replaceable, and you’ll decide any customary 22mm strap of your alternative. The bottom possibility comes with a black Fluoroelastomer strap that feels snug when worn.
The 1.39-inch AMOLED show sports activities a 454 x 454-pixel decision which is greater than that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, which we reviewed not too long ago. There isn’t a pixelation, and the smartwatch has auto-brightness which helps it regulate to altering ambient mild circumstances.
In the back of the gadget, you will discover the center fee sensor together with the charging mechanism. The Watch GT 2 doesn’t help wi-fi charging just like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Energetic 2. As an alternative, it makes use of a magnetic dock with pogo pins. The magnets on the charger assist it to securely latch onto the Watch GT 2. Huawei’s charger makes use of a USB Kind-C port, so when you’ve got a smartphone with a Kind-C port, that is one much less cable you will want to hold.
Huawei Watch GT 2 specs, software program and options
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is powered by the corporate’s Kirin A1 processor. Huawei developed this chip particularly for wearables, together with smartwatches and wi-fi headphones. It competes with the Snapdragon Put on 3100 SoC which is utilized by most WearOS gadgets, and the Exynos 9110 SoC which powers the Samsung Galaxy Watch Energetic 2.
Huawei doesn’t specify the quantity of RAM out there, however does say that there is about 2GB of storage on the watch. This can be utilized to retailer audio recordsdata on the watch itself, which might be streamed on to a Bluetooth headset.
There’s help for Bluetooth 5.1 together with GPS which can be utilized to trace out of doors runs. The gadget is waterproof as much as 5 ATM, so it is possible for you to to take it for a swim. The 46mm variant can also be able to receiving calls over Bluetooth.
Huawei runs proprietary software program on the Watch GT 2, and it’s suitable with gadgets operating Android 4.4 (or later) in addition to iOS 9 or up. Not like WearOS gadgets and Samsung’s Galaxy Wearables, you do not have the choice to obtain new apps on the Watch GT 2, which considerably limits its capabilities. Whereas this would appear like an enormous trigger for concern, Huawei has included a lot of important options on the gadget.
Identical to most different smartwatches, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is able to step and distance monitoring. It additionally has its personal GPS for monitoring distance. Coronary heart-rate, sleep, and stress monitoring are additionally supported (although stress monitoring works solely when paired with Android smartphones). There’s additionally exercise logging, and some exercises are pre-configured. Huawei has managed to cowl the fundamentals, however the exercise listing is just not as expansive as Samsung’s on the Watch Energetic 2.
You have to to obtain the Huawei Well being app to sync the Watch GT 2 with a smartphone. The pairing course of is easy and fast. Sleep and heart-rate monitoring are enabled by default. Stress monitoring must be enabled manually, by means of the Well being app on an Android smartphone.
Huawei Watch GT 2 efficiency and battery life
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has a crisp show that’s viewable beneath direct daylight. The ambient mild sensor is fast to bump the brightness up when wanted. Huawei doesn’t provide an always-on mode on this smartwatch however you’ll be able to preserve the show on for as much as 20 minutes after use. This may disappoint individuals wanting an always-on show. The watch is fast to get up once you increase your hand, and the show goes off once you decrease it.
Efficiency might have been higher, because the smartwatch feels sluggish when scrolling by means of the UI, in comparison with the Samsung Galaxy Watch Energetic 2. When you swipe rapidly a few occasions, the Watch GT 2 may fail to register the final one. It additionally takes a while to open submenus, which could get annoying once you’re in a rush. Whereas utilizing the watch at an informal tempo we didn’t discover these points.
The Watch GT 2 buzzes to warn you to incoming notifications, and you’ll set the depth of the vibration. You may see alerts on the watch however can not work together with them, so for instance if you happen to have been hoping to have the ability to reply to WhatsApp messages rapidly utilizing the watch, you will be dissatisfied. What you are able to do is take calls on the watch. The inbuilt speaker is pretty loud however you’ll have to transfer it near your ears to listen to callers clearly.
We put the Watch GT 2’s health monitoring performance to the take a look at by strolling precisely 1 km, and the watch reported 1.02km which is an effective consequence. The Watch GT 2 utilises GPS to trace distance, and the route we took was mirrored on a map. To examine step counting accuracy we manually counted 1,000 steps as we walked, and the watch registered 994 which can also be acceptable. We are able to say that the Huawei Watch GT 2 is sweet at step and distance monitoring.
Sleep monitoring was correct on the Watch GT 2 as nicely, and it recorded our bedtime appropriately. The app exhibits a graph and assigns a rating to the standard of sleep. It additionally breaks down your sleep patterns into deep, mild, and REM sleep.
Huawei doesn’t state the gadget’s battery capability, however does declare two-week battery life for the 46mm Watch GT 2. This may appear too good to be true, and it is not. Nevertheless, the Watch GT 2 nonetheless managed a decent 10 days with the default settings, which is a lot better than most different smartwatches on the market. When you allow stress monitoring and log exercises actively, count on the battery life to go down. Charging was fast in our expertise, and it solely took a bit over an hour to cost the battery utterly. The charger is compact and straightforward to hold round.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is a handsome smartwatch that provides excellent battery life. If you’re on the lookout for a succesful smartwatch for fundamental health monitoring and notifications, and do not want to cost it each different day, the Huawei Watch GT 2 makes a really sturdy case for itself. Efficiency is not on the identical stage as that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch or the Galaxy Watch Energetic, and we hope that Huawei can deal with this. For Rs. 14,999, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is an effective smartwatch to think about.