The series of HUAWEI smartwatches has been expanded to include a model that will appeal to athletes, people leading an active lifestyle and, in general, everyone who is used to being on the move. A light and bright gadget with a clear display, the ability to change straps, a rich set of functions and usage scenarios – what’s not a potential hit? Let’s get to know him better.
From classics to sports
We reviewed a version with a “graphite black” strap; in addition to this, a brighter “volcanic red” strap will also be available for sale. The smartwatch case size is 46 mm, there is no smaller option. Despite the index reminiscent of the previous model, there are significant differences in the design of the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e. Yes, the screen parameters remained the same (1.39-inch AMOLED), the dimensions and weight increased slightly. And the main change affected the control buttons – since the device is a sports device, they protrude above the body by only a couple of millimeters, reducing the risk of them getting caught on clothing.
Among other features, the new strap fastening mechanism is worthy of attention – they can be changed literally on the go. Otherwise, everything is familiar: a static bezel made of durable 316L stainless steel and a round AMOLED screen with Always-On mode, bright and clear enough to read data from it even under bright sunlight. In black, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e looks universal – they are unlikely to suit a formal suit, but they go perfectly with everyday clothes. Later, a mint green version will also appear on sale, which will be available only in the vendor’s online store.
Smart workouts with music
HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e tracks almost any activity: the device supports monitoring of 15 sports with 85 customizable workout types. For example, there are separate modes for indoor and outdoor running. You can also customize a huge number of modes depending on the activity, from climbing stairs to aerobics, parkour, tug of war or sparring. But, unfortunately, there is no division into types of swimming. You may need to wait for software updates. Like WATCH GT 2, the new product can withstand immersion up to 50 m. Underwater, the screen works, but touch controls are not available.
And, of course, what kind of training is it without measuring physical activity indicators? In addition to the usual heart rate tracking, you can evaluate blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) at any time – the test takes about 20 seconds. The watch also estimates VO2Max – the maximum level of oxygen consumption per unit of time. The higher this indicator, the more resilient a person’s cardiovascular system. This measurement cannot be run separately – it is only calculated during training.
The sports role of the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e does not end there: the watch also tells you how much time it takes to recover after exercise, reports its intensity and thereby complements the trainer’s recommendations. By the way, a voice assistant is available for running, which recommends load depending on your heart rate and running pace. Monitoring stress levels is also useful, and always, and not just after sports. A few minutes of breathing exercises (yes, there is such a regime too) – and you can return to other tasks.
Separately, it is worth noting the musical functions of the watch, which is important during training. There are two options here: managing tracks from your phone or recording songs directly to your gadget. There is 2.2 GB of memory available for files out of 4 available. Yes, this is not syncing playlists from your favorite streaming service, but it is also a convenient option. After all, not everyone likes to run with a smartphone, but on the watch you just need to select it as a source of music playback, connect headphones – and do it lightly.
In addition, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e has a compass, barometer, stopwatch, timer, alarm clock, flashlight, weather forecast, phone search function and TruSleep utility for monitoring sleep, analyzing it and diagnosing possible problems with subsequent recommendations.
The connection between the watch and a smartphone or tablet is ensured by the HUAWEI Health application. In addition to the functions described above for adding music to memory, it allows you to update the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e software, set up notifications and weather reports, enable/disable sleep monitoring, screen activation by raising your hand, and continuous heart rate tracking. Here you can choose a dial from 200 different in style and layout. There are both local and downloaded options, which are subsequently also stored in the watch’s memory.
The application displays load data and measurement results. Activation of the training mode is available, if for some reason it is more convenient for the user. There are also unobvious features, such as remote camera shutter release for smartphones based on EMUI 10.1. To do this, you need to connect the watch via Bluetooth to your mobile device, open the camera application on it, and on the watch select the music playback mode from your phone and press the Play key.
Autonomy and charging
Depending on the usage scenario, HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e can last up to two weeks on a single charge. The autonomy indicators are affected by the active Always-On mode, high display brightness, constant pairing with a smartphone (this is also true for the latter) and frequent measurements of parameters in training mode, especially with the participation of GPS for route planning.
The watch is charged from a magnetic pad with a USB Type-C connector. Full energy replenishment from 0 to 100% takes 110 minutes.
- Android 4.4 and above, iOS 9.0 and above, HUAWEI Health app
- CASE MATERIALS
- glass, 316L stainless steel, plastic
- STRAP MATERIALS
- TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), steel
- 43 g (without strap)
- color touchscreen AMOLED, 1.39”, 454×454, HD, 326 ppi
- Bluetooth 5.1 (BLE, BR, EDR), GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
- 455 mAh
- Choose from over 200 watch faces, control music playback on your smartphone, local music playback from your watch, real-time heart rate and SpO2 levels, sleep monitoring, 100 workout modes, water resistant to a depth of 50 meters, smart alarm clock
The new HUAWEI smartwatches have adopted the best features of the older version: a bright and easily readable screen, battery life of up to two weeks on a single charge, and a set of built-in useful utilities. Advanced sports functions and appropriate design do not interfere with the gadget’s ability to perform everyday tasks. A promisingly successful model for young people, which attracts with its autonomy, rich opportunities for self-expression and, of course, maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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