Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review
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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is a premium smartwatch packed with fitness and well-being features.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, the latest smartwatch from Huawei, is made of titanium and sapphire glass and is available in two different variants: Sport and Classic. The only difference is the material of the strap – Classic has a ‘Nebula Grey’  leather strap, while Sport has a ‘Night Black’ rubber strap.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro runs Huawei’s own operating system LiteOS, which means you cannot install Wear apps on this watch. There is also no app store for additional apps. However, the watch already comes packed with features and because of Huawei’s custom LiteOS, it has a battery life of about about two weeks. Huawei says that even a five-minute wireless charge should allow an additional 10 hours of use.

Huawei Watch GT2 Pro Review
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

The smartwatch has an OLED display with a diagonal size of 1.39 inches and a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. The screen is protected by sapphire glass and the GT 2 Pro runs on a power-efficient Kirin A1 processor which lets the watch run continuously for up to two weeks.

Apart from compass, weather, flashlight, stopwatch, timer and stardnard smartwatch features, the GT 2 Pro can also monitor over 100 different fitness activities, measure blood saturation, heart rate and track sleep patterns. It is also 5 ATM water resistant which means you can dive up to 50m for 10 minutes with it.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro features long battery life, lots of fitness tracking, GPS and wireless charging, all wrapped in a premium, classy and minimalist design. Read our review to find out more.

Specifications

Display1.39 inch AMOLED 454 x 454 HD
ProcessorKirin A1 + STL4R9
RAM32MB
Storage4 GB (2GB usable)
ConnectivityGPS Supported
Bluetooth 5.1, BLE/BR/EDR
SensorsAccelerometer sensor
Gyroscope sensor
Geomagnetic sensor
Optical heart rate sensor
Air pressure sensor
Water Resistance5 ATM water-resistant
OS CompatibilityAndroid 5.0 or later
iOS 9.0 or later
Dimensions46.7 mm x 46.7 mm x 11.4 mm
Approximately 52 g

Our review model is the The HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro Sport edition with a ‘Night Black’ fluoroelastomer strap.

Packaging

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro comes in a premium, Huawei branded cardboard box.

Huawei Watch GT2 Pro Review
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

Inside the packing are:

  • The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Charging cable
  • User guide
  • Warranty card

Design

Our review mode is the The HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro Sport edition with a ‘Night Black’ fluoroelastomer strap.

The HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro has a circular dial. The watch face is made of Sapphire glass, used in high-end watches, and has a tougher, scratch resistant exterior. The housing is made of titanium to make it lightweight and for increased resistance to extreme temperatures.

Huawei Watch GT2 Pro Review
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

There are two buttons on the right side of the watch’s 46mm casing, while the buttons can be rotated, there is no function for it. The top button can be pressed to bring up the application drawer when pressed from the home screen or to go back. The lower button can be configured to go directly to a specific app. Between the two buttons, at the back, is a cutout for the speaker.  Rest of the operations are done via swiping and scrolling through the touch screen.

Huawei Watch GT2 Pro Review
Ceramic back | Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

The base of the HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro is made of ceramic and the HUAWEI TruSeen 4.0+ enhanced heart rate monitoring sensor provide accurate readings. It emits a red and green light when in use and supports real-time heart rate monitoring and also 24-hour heart rate monitoring. The ceramic back slightly protrudes outwards but you do not feel it when wearing the watch, it is very comfortable.

The black rubber strap is of good quality and with enough strap holes to fit comfortably. Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro has excellent build quality, and has the right size and weight for daily use. It looks classy, and only on close inspection you’d realize it is a smartwatch.

HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro is also 5 ATM water resistant which means you can dive up to 50m for 10 minutes with it.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, The GT 2 Pro supports Bluetooth 5.1 and location via GPS and GLONASS. There is also NFC, which can only be used with Huawei smartphones with EMUI 11 or later. However, the NFC cannot be used for payments.

Display

The display is 1.39-inch circular AMOLED touch panel, with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. It comes with enough watch faces to suit any occasion. The display is bright enough to read both indoors and outdoors in the sun and offers 5 levels of brightness. There are no problems reading even the finest details.

The viewing angles are wide, colors are vibrant and the contrast is great with the screen being able to display good black levels.

There are a lot of watch faces to choose from and for additional customization, Huawei Share allows users to transfer Huawei smartphone photos to the GT 2 Pro’s OneHop Watch Face via a tap. Here is how it works:

A neat feature here is that the display can be turned off using a vertical palm swipe. It also turns off automatically after a few seconds and comes back on when you raise your wrist to look at the time. There is also always on display featured that can be turned on in the settings.

Huawei Watch GT2 Pro Review
Always On Display | Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

Hardware & OS

In terms of hardware, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro comes with the low-power Huawei Kirin A1 chipset, STL4R9 processor, 32 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal eMMC storage space (2GB user-accessible) for music, which you can listen to by connecting Bluetooth headphones directly to the watch, without the need for a smartphone.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro runs Huawei’s own operating system LiteOS, which means you cannot install Wear apps on this watch. There is also no app store for additional apps. A downside with GT 2 Pro is that there is a slight delay in recognizing touch gestures. This rarely happens during swiping or scrolling but more when going into a menu or a setting.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro integrates many sensors including GPS, Heart rate and SpO2. The watch can monitor over 100+ workout modes and supports accurate data tracking. There are even whole running courses built-in with full voice guidance. After training sessions, the watch calculates your ideal recovery time and shows it at the top of the activity menu. And If you sit for too long, the GT 2 Pro reminds you that it is time for a walk.

There is also resting heart rate monitoring, abnormal heart rate notifications, scientific sleep tracking, all-day stress monitoring, and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring.

If you sleep with the watch on, you get an overview of your sleep rhythm by light sleep, deep sleep, REM sleep and how long you slept in total. The watch can also determine your stress levels and lets you do breathing exercises that are pre-programmed in the watch.

There is also a “Route Back” function which shows your route back to the starting point at all times. Unfortunately, there is no turn-based navigation. A built-in air altitude barometer detects air pressure changes in real time and alerts you if the air pressure suddenly changes.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

Apart from weather forecast the GT 2 Pro can also notify you of sunrise, sunset and 8 types of moon phases such as new moon, full moon, first quarter moon, etc. and tides.

On the notifications side, Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro shows them in real time as soon as they appear on the connected phone. You need to allow what apps can send you notifications via the Huawei Health app. While it is possible to see the notifications, you cannot reply back to it through the smartwatch. You can also use the Watch GT 2 Pro to find your phone.

Moreover, the GT 2 Pro also comes with a built-in mic and speaker, which lets you answer calls once paired with your phone via Huawei Health app. Sound quality is good and is loung enough for phone conversations even in noisy environments, although I doubt many people use a smartwatch for phone calls.

To track the data that the watch stores such as heart rate, sleep monitoring, fitness data etc., it needs to be connected to the dedicated Huawei Health via Bluetooth and you also need HMS installed. The health app can be installed on an iPhone without any problems. However, the Android version also requires the latest version of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS Core) which is not available on the Play Store and needs to be side-loaded via Huawei App Gallery from Huawei’s website.

The GT 2 Pro is not compatible with third-party applications and this could be a deal breaker for some. Although the Huawei Health app can sync to Google Fit, the data transferred is very limited. Also, some features such as the one tap photo transfer is supported only on certain Huawei smartphones

From the Health app, you can see all the collected health information along with graphs and charts of your fitness data, heart rate, sleep and stress. The app also displays stats about sports activities and lets you view previously traveled routes. There is a lot of information here and everything is presented beautifully.

Battery

The Watch GT 2 Pro is Huawei’s first smartwatch to feature wireless charging, instead of a pin based connection. The watch now magnetically attaches to the new charging dock in any orientation and is also compatible with phones that offer reverse wireless charging.

Charging is fairly fast and with a full battery charge, the GT 2 Pro lasted 9 days in our usage with some fitness activities, active heart rate monitoring, location enabled, Bluetooth on and sleep tracking, thanks to the low-power Huawei Kirin chipset.

A full charge takes about an hour and it’s also worth mentioning that with just 5 minutes of charging you get about 10 hours of use.

Verdict

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is a premium smartwatch with excellent build quality and can adapt to any scenario – from being a fitness tracker to a high-end watch. It’s two main drawbacks are that it is not compatible with third party apps and connectivity with non-Huawei smartphones is limited, this could be a deal breaker for some.

However, even if you don’t have a Huawei phone, you can still use the watch. With a competitive price, a great battery life and offers a lot of fitness and well-being features, the GT 2 Pro is definitely worth considering.

Pricing & Availability

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro can be pre-ordered from 12 November 2020 and starts at AED 999.

8.5

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is a premium smartwatch with excellent build quality and can adapt to any scenario – from being a fitness tracker to a high-end watch. It’s only two drawbacks are that it is not compatible with third party apps and connectivity with non-Huawei smartphones is limited.

THE GOOD
  • Premium design and excellent build quality
  • Perfect watch size
  • Extensive fitness data
  • Great battery life
  • Can adapt to different occasions
THE BAD
  • Some features limited to Huawei smartphones
  • No NFC payments
  • Limited app integrations
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