Huawei has always been in the forefront when it comes to launching smartwatches. Just this month alone, the company had launched a pair of smartwatches including the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro and the Huawei Watch Fit.
The Watch GT2 Pro, which I’ve gotten a chance to test out for a couple of weeks, is the latest flagship offering from Huawei that builds upon the success of the current GT2 smartwatch series with a more robust chassis and new exciting features.
Priced at S$398, the Watch GT2 Pro is certainly one of the most affordable premium smartwatch in the local market. However, what exactly are the features that make the Watch GT2 Pro stood out of the crowd? Let’s find out in this quick review!
Sleek Design With Robust Build Quality
If you love the Huawei Watch GT2, then you’ll definitely love the Watch GT2 Pro even more. The new Watch GT2 Pro retains the sleek and classy design that’s pleasing to the eyes.
However, what’s different is that the device is now much more robust and durable thanks to the high-quality materials used to manufacture the watch.
The 46mm case body of the Watch GT2 Pro is made from titanium that is long-lasting and yet lightweight. It has a sapphire glass atop the watch face which is highly resistance against scratches and tough enough to shield the display against accidental drops.
The ceramic back of the Watch GT2 Pro also feels really comfortable and gentle on the skin. Most importantly, it doesn’t slides around when you’re doing exercises as well.
For the Watch GT2 Pro, its actually available in two different flavors known as “Sport” and “Classic”. For the “Sport” variant which I’d received, it comes with a Black Fluoroelastomer Strap that’s great for workout or gym. The “Classic” variant on the other hand, ships with a leather strap instead.
Speaking of the Black Fluoroelastomer Strap that companies the Watch GT2 Pro, the inner side of the strap feels pretty smooth and soft on the wrist. Even when doing some strong movements during work out, its still able to grip firmly to the wrist.
Great Display & Software
Diving into the specifics, the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro features a 1.39-inches OLED display that sports a 454 x 454 pixels screen resolution. Visual is a near-perfection for the device with its vibrant display and punchy colors which remain visible even when you’re jogging directly under the sunlight.
In terms of watch faces, the Watch GT2 Pro comes pre-loaded with 13 different design for you to pick from. Among them, I find the BlackTie and NightWish watch faces to blend in exceptionally well with the design of the watch. Of course, if none of the pre-loaded ones are to your liking, there are plenty more for you to choose and sync over from the Huawei Health app.
As usual, the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro will continue to run on the company’s proprietary LiteOS that works perfectly with the underlying Kirin A1 chipset in delivering a smooth and lag-free user experience.
Although the LiteOS doesn’t supports third-party app installations, but it already has most of the commonly-used utilities and trackers onboard – so there isn’t exactly a need to install any third-party apps after all.
Navigating through the LiteOS is also pretty much a foolproof process. You can easily change the watch face to a new design by long-pressing the watch face, or access you health monitoring data like your heart rate or stress level by swiping the screen to the left or right.
Pressing the upper crown of the watch will launch all the available apps and settings on the Watch GT2 Pro, while the lower crown serves as a quick shortcut for all the workout tracking features.
Other than that, some of the highlights of the LiteOS also include its support for music playback, alarm functionality, “Find my phone” feature, as well as a remote shutter feature that will come in handy when taking group selfies from a distance.
Needless to say, the LiteOS also allows you to sync notifications from your phone over to the Watch GT2 Pro as well. However, this feature is disabled by default.
Wide Selection Of Health Tracking & Workout Modes
The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro comes with a wide selection of health monitoring features to ensure you’re always at the best of health.
All the crucial features including heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, SpO2 blood oxygen monitoring and stress level testing are available in a well-orgranized interface which allows you to sieve out data easily.
Among all the tracking features, I find the sleep tracking feature to be particular useful and intuitive. The data collected from the watch can be synced over to the Huawei Health app which will breakdown the data into various sleep cycles including Light Sleep, REM Sleep and Deep Sleep.
Based on the data it collected, it will then indicate whether the respective sleep cycle is Low, Normal or High, and subsequently provide recommendations on how to improve my sleep quality.
As for other features like the heart rate tracking and SpO2 monitoring, the data collected is also accurate when I compared the reading to my other smartwatch. Heart beat reading generally differs only by a fine margin of 1 to 3 beats.
For workout, the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro has countless of different workout modes including running courses, outdoor run, indoor run, outdoor walk, indoor walk, outdoor cycle, indoor cycle, pool swim, and many more.
Interestingly, Huawei had added a new skiing and snowboarding feature that allows you to capture comprehensive data such as heart rate, average speed, the maximum slope, track and distance. Though not exactly useful in Singapore’s context, but is surely a nice-to-have feature that might prove to be useful if you plan to visit a country in winter.
Ever-lasting Battery Life With Wireless Charging Support
Talking about battery life, the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro certainly excels in this aspect. On a typical usage with tracking features like heart rate tracking and sleep tracking features turned on, the Watch GT2 Pro consumes only around 8% to 9% of the battery life.
Therefore, a single charge will generally last you around 11 to 12 days which is definitely among the highest for smartwatches.
To sweeten the deal, the Watch GT2 Pro also supports Qi wireless charging. Hence, if you own a Huawei smartphone like the P40 Pro or Mate 30 Pro, you can make use of the reverse charging capability of these devices to charge the Watch GT2 Pro as well.
The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro is certainly a bargain you wouldn’t want to miss out. It gorgeous design, robust build and long-lasting battery life are among some of the key highlights which make the device stood out from its competitors. If you’re planning to get a smartwatch under S$500, then the Watch GT2 Pro is definitely one of the best option you can have.