The original Huawei Watch GT stood out for the most part thanks to its attractive design and long battery life. The brand is now back with the Huawei Watch GT 2, a portable model that, fortunately, does not give up these features.

As you hope, it is also an improvement in many ways. Huawei is making a strong push into the smartwatch market, and it's obvious from the Watch GT 2 that it has been thinking a lot in the second generation. That said, the focus has been more on refinement than on a completely reworked experience.

We had the 46mm Sport Edition in black for review, and it's hard to differentiate visually between that and the original Watch GT. However, once you've turned it on, it's a lot here that sets it apart.

Huawei Watch GT 2 price and availability

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  • The 42mm model starts at £ 179 (about $ 230 / $ 340 AU)
  • The 46mm model starts at £ 199 / AU $ 399 / AED849 (around $ 260)

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is available now starting at £ 179 (about $ 230 / $ 340 AU) if you opt for the 42mm model, or for £ 199 / $ 399 / AED849 (around $ 260) in its size. 46 mm.

If you want a "classic" leather strap rather than a sports bracelet, it is £ 219 / AU $ 428 / AED 499 (around $ 280) for a 46mm model, the 42mm version of this model apparently not widely available. Like most Huawei products, the Watch GT 2 is not available in the United States.

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Design and display

  • AMOLED display 1,2 or 1,39 inches
  • Attractive design

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is lightweight and, at 10.7mm thick, it does not feel big on the wrist. The 46mm watch has an AMOLED display of 1.39 inches with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels and a brightness of 1,000 nits, which makes it decently brilliant and sharp.

It weighs 41 grams without the black silicone strap, which makes it lighter than the previous model.

The 42mm model (which we have not tested yet) measures 29g, has a thickness of 9.4mm and is equipped with an AMOLED display of 1.2 inches 390 x 390. So, it is a bit more Compact than the 46mm model, but can also be cramped if you have big hands.

For both models, Huawei adopted a 3D glass screen to create a design without bezel, with curved edges that blend into the case. It's an attractive design, so similar to the original Huawei Watch GT.

The watch is also rated 5 ATM, which means it can survive at a depth of 50 meters under water for up to 30 minutes.

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There are two buttons on the right side of the watch. One is to select integrated applications, while the other is for health monitoring and launching workouts. Dragging down from the home screen reveals quick settings such as do not disturb, find my phone and alarms, while swipe up shows your recent notifications.

There's a mono speaker on the right edge, which is loud enough to take calls and listen to music, but you should still stick to a headset.

There is also a microphone on the left edge, which works well even in a congested space.

Finally, the Huawei Watch GT 2 has many detection and tracking sensors, such as a gyroscope, an accelerometer, the optical heart rate, ambient light and atmospheric pressure.

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Hardware and software

  • 4 GB of storage but only 2.2 GB is usable
  • Lite operating system does not support third-party applications
  • Includes GPS but not NFC

The Watch GT 2 is powered by Huawei'The Kirin A1 chipset, manufactured in the country, includes an intelligent technology of energy saving. It has 2 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage, of which 2.2 GB is a usable space, enough to hold about 500 songs.

In terms of connectivity options, the Huawei Watch GT 2 features built-in Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS (with Glonass and Galileo for more precise, faster and more accurate positioning).

There's unfortunately no NFC support, so you can not make payments using the watch. There's also no Wi-Fi or LTE here, so you'll always have to keep the watch paired with your phone so that everything is up to date.

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You get Huawei's own Lite OS here, which is good to use for the most part, though not offering as much functionality as the likes of Apple's watchOS, Google's Wear OS, Fitbit OS and Samsung's Tizen. He can also sometimes feel a bit slow.

Since the Huawei platform does not have an app store, it's no support for third-party applications. You also can not add widgets or customize the watch significantly, giving the impression that the Watch GT 2 looks less like a smart watch than a digital watch with GPS and fitness monitoring.

Essentially, all you can do is navigate between a watch dial, a heart rate monitor, stress levels, temperature, music and formatting tools.

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Although you can share data with Google Fit and MyFitnessPal directly from the watch, the Watch GT 2 is at its best when you use the Huawei Health app.

This app is organized around four tabs – the home screen displays daily health status readings, the second tab shows various exercise modes, the third tab allows you to connect other devices supported by Huawei and the fourth tab the settings, personal achievements, your profile. and weekly and monthly reports on health and fitness.

It is quite simple to use, with options to deepen and deepen things if you wish.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 supports smartphones running Android 4.4 or later and iOS 9.0 or later. It will probably work with your phone. We used it exclusively with the Huawei Nova 5T.

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Functions and fitness monitoring

  • Can follow different exercise loads
  • Also includes sleep and stress monitoring

In terms of fitness monitoring, there are a multitude of options available. Several workouts can be followed via the Huawei Watch GT 2, such as running (indoor and outdoor), walking, elliptical, rowing (indoor and outdoor), cycling (indoor and outdoor), swimming pool (swimming pool and open water) ), climbing, hiking, running, triathlon and aerobics.

There is also a smart and personal sports coach who guides you through every exercise to make it better and safer. This system comes with a training example consisting of seven different phases. The digital assistant will talk to you about it and use voice prompts to tell you when to slow down and pick up the pace.

When you have completed the seven phases, you get a summary of your data such as calories, fat burn, distance traveled and the muscles you worked on.

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The Huawei Watch GT 2 also tracks general daily activities such as calories burned, steps taken, floors climbed, as well as sedentary alerts and heart rate. The ground monitoring was a bit strange, giving us strange results when we had to take an elevator up the floors.

However, heart rate monitoring has worked well, which also alerts users by vibrating if their heart rate is below or above the recommended level. Users can set the levels according to their doctor's recommendation.

Huawei is apparently trying to catch up with the Apple Watch 5's ECG sensor, but the features presented here are not nearly as advanced.

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The Huawei Watch GT 2 also features a TruSleep 2.0 feature that monitors your sleep, including your light sleep, deep sleep and quick eye movements, as well as real-time tracking of your heart rate, your heart rate, and your heart rate. pulse and your heart rate. and the quality of the breathing.

The app then uses this data to analyze the quality of your sleep using artificial intelligence, and can make recommendations to improve the quality of your sleep.

There is also a TruRelax feature that records the variability of your heart rate and provides stress-level monitoring all day long. If it detects that you are stressed, there is a breathing exercise to help you calm down, which is pleasant to the touch.

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Battery life

  • Up to 14 days of life from the 46mm model and 7 days from 42mm
  • The actual life may be less, but still impressive

Huawei says that the 455mAh battery inside the 46mm Watch GT2 gives two weeks of juice on a single full charge, while the 42mm model will apparently deliver 7 days, but it all boils down to using it.

For example, when real-time heart rate monitoring is selected, the battery in our 46mm model dropped by about 12% by the end of the day, compared to only 7% in the intelligent monitoring mode. cardiac frequency..

If you are a moderate user, you should be able to use about 10 days of autonomy with this model, which is quite correct. For fitness enthusiasts who train nearly two hours a day, the battery can last for about 5 days, which is impressive. This far exceeds the offers of Samsung and Apple.

A full charge from zero battery takes about 1 hour and 22 minutes, which is not bad either, although you have to use an exclusive charger.

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Verdict

The Huawei Watch GT 2 offers excellent value for money with its internal and external hardware, and the fitness features are certainly quite impressive ..

However, the software retains it and needs to be further adjusted so that Huawei can make a good impression with future models. There must be more customization and really more apps ..

Who is it for?

Focused on fitness and lack of applications, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is really for someone who wants above all a fitness tracker, but with the aesthetics of a high-end smartwatch.

If you buy it?

If you're looking for a stylish fitness monitor, this is the right choice for you. For all that goes beyond that, it's better to look elsewhere and find a larger smart watch, such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 or the Apple Watch 5.

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