Like Samsung, Huawei has also tried its luck with Android Wear-based smartwatches before moving to an internal software platform, which turned out to be a wise decision not only because the renowned operating system like Wear OS remains surprisingly unpopular, but also given the complicated relationship between the Chinese tech giant and Google.
Huawei Watch GT 2, presented today with the Mate 30 family in Monaco, is the company’s second high-end portable device to use a patented operating system, following the steps of a smartwatch at a reasonable price announced along with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro last year, but launched commercially in the US only a few months ago. While there are still no words on Western availability for the next-generation smartwatch, the GT 2 certainly has a better chance than the Mate 20 series phones from reaching US store shelves sooner or later.
Design, dimensions, and display
A couple of weeks ago, Huawei Watch GT 2 refines the already elegant look of its predecessor with an all-in-one 3D glass design that creates a larger and more unlimited screen. Of course, a screen without limits is not the same as a screen without a frame, at least in this particular case, although the 42 mm variant is certainly more elegant and beautiful than many of its main rivals. A 9.4 mm thick curved dial helps bring out this model, along with a trendy metal frame.
The larger 46 mm model looks more like the original Watch GT, or a traditional watch, while it features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a more than the decent resolution of 454 x 454 pixels, a wider color range and an ultra-thin profile superior to an everyday LCD panel.
Chipset, battery life, and other features
A few days ago, Huawei is concentrating an important part of its advertising on a patented Kirin A1 chipset that integrates an “advanced” Bluetooth processing unit, a “powerful” audio processing unit, a processor of consumer applications. “very low power consumption” and a separate power management unit. Instead of promising to offer a brute speed level that probably isn’t necessary from a portable device, this all-in-one SoC aims to minimize power consumption and maximize battery life.
Expect the GT 2 to last up to two weeks between “daily use” charges and up to a week in “classic mode”. Of course, these are optimistic forecasts based on light daily use, so maybe the numbers you should pay more attention to are 15 and 30 hours. This is how Huawei predicts that the 42- and 46-mm series, respectively, will last “under the GPS tracked sports mode“ and is quite impressive.
As we talk about the subject, you will be pleased to hear independent titles of GPS functionality on a fairly solid list of health, wellness and activity monitoring features that also includes an integrated heart rate monitor, sleep quality information and “information” Scala “complete with 190 data types for 15 different sports, ranging from running and cycling to, well, running and indoor cycling.
Although Huawei Watch GT 2 is not equipped with an ECG monitor or a fall detection feature, its particular set of health improvement skills also includes bradycardia and heart failure monitors as well as frequent reminders to stand, move and technology. TruRelax patented for stress relief.
In other places, the A1 chipset mentioned above also allows for Bluetooth call functionality. Although GT 2 obviously does not have independent cellular connectivity, this means that you can connect the smartwatch to a phone from a distance of up to 150 meters and answer voice calls directly to your wrist.
Price and availability
Unfortunately, Mom says when and where to wait for the launch of the second-generation Huawei Watch GT. However, if the first generation is an indication, this bad guy should be able to compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Fitbit Versa 2 in the range of $200- $250. But that’s just a prerequisite and certainly does not help this Huawei is silent on the operating system that runs on Watch GT 2. Could it be Harmony? In that case, this could explain a somewhat distant launch in a limited number of markets.
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