Huawei has been slowly and steadily building a wearable ecosystem and India is one of their key markets. We have seen Huawei launch a number of smartwatches over the last few months. Another reason for this sudden shift in their on-going battle for GMS.
The last smartwatch we personally liked from Huawei, was the Gen 1 Huawei Watch that was powered by Google’s WearOS platform. Since then, the products have evolved, and the brands’ attention is shifting towards their own OS. Now we have the Huawei Watch GT 2e with us for review, which builds upon the Huawei Watch GT while keeping the affordability factor still intact. So, let’s dive straight in.
Huawei Watch GT 2e Specifications
Before starting with the Huawei Watch GT 2e review, let’s have a look at the phone’s specifications.
Display: 1.39″ OLED, Resolution 454×454
OS: Huawei Lite OS
Memory: 2GB RAM + 4GB storage
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 + BLE; GPS+GLONASS
Battery: 455mAh, 5W custom charger
Here’s a complete list of items you get inside the box:
- Huawei Watch GT 2e
- 5W charger
The GT 2e comes in only a single version – a 46mm with no smaller sizes in sight as of now. This could pose an issue for people with smaller wrists as the watch could look and feel chunky. The watch is made out of a combination of metal and plastic.
The chassis comes in two shades, an all-black one with black straps or a hybrid black and grey shade with red, white or green straps. The crown and the outer chassis are made with a polished metal while the underside is made of plastic. Instead of going with circular buttons, Huawei opted for a near flushed two-button layout. The top button opens the menu, while the bottom one is the only one that can be programmed to carry out tasks.
The watch gets a pair of 22mm straps that are replaceable and come with a quick-release mechanism. In our opinion the all-black watch looks slicker and if you’re looking for something that you could rock in both formal and informal settings that is the one to get.
The watch isn’t a full smartwatch but acts more as a companion to your smartphone instead of a replacement product. Perhaps an eSIM variant of the same would’ve made sense in today’s time.
The watch overall is a product geared towards sports, with more than 15 professional modes bundled into it. Over time the product has received significant updates that added nifty features. It comes with a heart rate sensor that has been updated to act as a SpO2 meter that calculates the oxygen in the blood and VO2Max that is used to check the lung capacity and endurance.
Along with this, you get all the standard fitness tracking metrics included here as well like the sleep tracker, step count and more. Since the watch acts more like a companion, all the data sync is done via Bluetooth and the Huawei Health companion app. The app has a very neatly laid out UI that covers all the functions this watch can perform.
The setup process is easy, and to get the watch working, simply install the app from the playstore and follow the pairing process. For some Android skins, users might want to download the Huawei Health Suite and Huawei Mobile services package which should ease up with the issues.
The Watch GT 2e runs on Huawei’s custom Huawei Lite OS. It’s a relatively new OS so you lose on the some of the functionalities like making calls right from the watch to replying to notifications, something you get to see on other high-end smartwatches. The watch is powered by Huawei custom new Kirin A1 SoC that has been designed especially for wearables.
For what it’s worth, the chip does indeed work quite while pushing the watch through and providing up to two weeks on a single charge. Now the advertised two weeks battery life is achieved when you disable some features and with everything turned on, expect somewhere between six to seven days of battery life.
During our tests, we got roughly five days of battery life with everything turned on, and this includes outdoor runs and more. We also found the tracking algorithms pretty accurate in determining the stats. There is also a nifty feature in the watch, that shuts it down if not worn for upwards of 2 days in a row.
Verdict- Should you buy it?
The Huawei Watch GT 2e delivers on a lot of fronts and justifies its value. It is one of the best fitness-oriented smartwatches currently available in the market. The pairing process is easy. Watch is good-looking, has simple UI, and covers all the essential features.
Though the larger version could grow on you over time, for us it’s a deal-breaker. Perhaps a 42mm version of the watch would’ve helped the brand to penetrate the market even more, and we hope the next iteration comes in many more size options.
To conclude, people with bigger wrists and Knick for smartwatches should have this one certainly on their top 5 list.