11 March 2019
As expected, Huawei has taken wraps off its newest smartwatch called Watch GT alongside unveiling the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. It is a wearable product that looks and feels like a smartwatch but has the soul of a fitness band. It means while you can wear it like a premium smartwatch, its battery life will last you like a fitness tracker.
The battery life is the key highlight of the Huawei Watch GT as it feels like a dream come true for all wearable enthusiasts. Even when used with continuous GPS, heart rate monitoring, and all those workout trackings, it is claimed to last for a whopping 22 hours on a single charge. And if you happen to limit the exercise tracking to 90 minutes a week, it is said to last you for a couple of weeks. And if you are someone who might not be using GPS and heart tracking, it will go on for an insane 30 days on a single charge. It goes without saying that the actual battery life will vary depending on one's usage pattern but it is safe to say that Huawei is all set to deliver a battery life most of us have been craving for.
It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED display (454 x 454 pixels) with a circular dial which makes it look a traditional watch. It is made up of 316L stainless steel with ceramic bezels and two crowns. Under the hood, it has a dual-chip architecture processor where it has one chip dedicated to low-power tasks and another one reserved for heavy tasks. It further features water resistance up to 5ATM and optical heart rate sensor which makes use of 6 LEDs. Other noteworthy features include sleep tracking and altimeter for measuring altitude.
On the software front, the Huawei Watch GT is running home-grown LiteOS which means there is no Android Wear this time around. Huawei did not talk about this new wearable operating system much but we can expect more information in the coming days.
The Huawei Watch GT will be available in Sport and Classic variants for €199 and €249 respectively. There are no words on the availability yet.
As for the Huawei Band 3 Pro, it sports a 0.95-inch OLED display (120 x 240 pixels) with touchscreen input support. It is a color display which means you won't be looking at all the data in grayscale. It comes with built-in GPS and real-time heart rate monitoring like the Watch GT. It features water resistance up to 5ATM, eight workout modes, and can last for up to 7 hours on a single with continuous GPS tracking. It has been priced at €99 with availability details yet to be revealed.