Last Updated on January 22, 2023 by Faiza Murtaza
The original Huawei Watch GT stood out in large part due to its attractive design and long-lasting battery, and now the brand is back with the Huawei Watch GT 2, a wearable device that thankfully doesn’t give up on those features. As you might expect, this is an improvement in many ways. Huawei is actively advancing in the smartwatch market and the Watch GT2 shows that the company has thought a lot about the second generation. In doing so, the focus has been on refining rather than providing a completely reworked experience. We got the 46mm Sport version in black for review and it’s visually difficult to distinguish it from the original Watch GT. However, once you get it up and running, there is a lot here that makes it stand out.
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Huawei Design and display
- 1.2 “or 1.39” AMOLED screen
- Attractive design
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is lightweight and at 10.7mm thick does not feel bulky on the wrist. The 46mm watch has a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen with 454 x 454 pixels and 1000 nits’ brightness, making it bright and crisp enough. It weighs 41g without the black silicone strap, making it lighter than the previous model. The 42mm model (which we did not test) has a weight of 29g, is 9.4mm thick and a 1.2-inch 390 x 390 AMOLED screen.
So it is slightly more compact than the 46mm model, but it can also be cramped. If you have big hands. For both models, Huawei has used a 3D glass screen to create a bezel-less design with curved edges that flow into the body. It is an attractive design similar to the original Huawei Watch GT. The watch is also rated at 5 ATM, which means it can live 50 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes. There is two switches on the right side of the watch. One is to choose built-in apps, and the other is to track health and start workouts. Swiping down from the home screen brings up quick settings such as Do Not Disturb, Find My Phone, and alarms while swiping up reveals recent notifications.
On the right edge is the monaural speaker, which is quite loud for taking calls and listening to music, but you should really still use a headset anyway. There’s also a microphone on the left edge that works well even in tight spaces. Finally, the Huawei Watch GT 2 has a variety of sensors for detection and tracking, such as gyroscope, accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, ambient light, and air pressure – although these are mostly pretty standard things for smartwatches.
Hardware and software
- 4 GB of memory, but only 2.2 GB can be used
- Lite OS does not support third-party apps
- Includes GPS, but no NFC
The GT 2 is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin A1 chipset, which includes intelligent power-saving technology. It has 2GB of RAM and 4GB of storage space, of which 2.2GB is working space – sufficient to hoard about 500 songs. In terms of connectivity, the Huawei Watch GT 2 offers Bluetooth 5.1 as well as built-in GPS. Unluckily, there is no NFC hold up here, so you can’t make payments with your watch. There’s no Wi-Fi or LTE here either, so you always need to pair your watch with your phone to keep it up to date. Huawei Watch GT 2 supports smartphones running Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 9.0 or higher, so it can work with your phone.
Huawei Watch GT 2: price and availability
- The 42mm model starts at £ 179 (roughly $ 230 / AU $ 340).
- The 46mm model starts at £ 199 / AU $ 399 / AED 849 (about $ 260).
- The Huawei Watch GT 2 is now available from £ 179 (roughly $ 230 / AU $ 340) if you choose the 42mm model, or £ 199 / AU $ 399 / AED 849 (around $ 260) for size 46 mm.
If you want a classic leather strap rather than a sporty one, it goes up to £ 219 / AU $ 428 / AED 949 (roughly $ 280) for the 46mm model, with the 42mm version apparently not going wide available. Like a large amount Huawei products, the Watch GT 2 is not available in the US.
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