Alongside the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei also announced the Watch GT 2. We were expecting this watch from some previous leaks, but there were some things that still surprised us. The watch is running LiteOS instead of HarmonyOS, for example, and Huawei claims it can deliver up to 14 days of battery life, which is pretty insane.
Let’s talk about it.
Two sizes, efficient hardware
You’ll get two options when you decided to buy the Watch GT 2, which is par the course for smartwatches these days. The 46mm watch features a 1.39-inch 454 x 454 display and a 22mm strap, which is almost identical to the original Watch GT. You can also opt for a slightly smaller 42mm watch with a 1.2-inch display, 390 x 390 resolution, and 20mm strap.
Both watches utilize a proprietary Huawei A1 processor that’s supposedly extremely efficient, Bluetooth 5.1, a heart rate monitor, and a GPS for tracking exercise. They’re 5ATM rated, which also means they’re good for about 50 meters of water depth for 10 minutes at a time, which is more than most people will ever need.
Insane battery life
Huawei also claims you’re going to get up to 14 days of battery life with the watch, but there’s definitely an asterisk that you need to pay attention to. That’s what’s considered “typical” use, and with how I (and I assume many other people) use a smartwatch, it’s actually probably realistic. But the Watch GT 2 sports a speaker and a microphone that’s capable of making and receiving calls, and it can play back music and use GPS tracking for your workouts.
These things will all seriously affect your battery life, and you can only expect about 10 hours of battery while calling, 24 hours of music playback, and 30 hours of GPS tracking. I know what you’re thinking: “so you can’t get that battery life if you actually use the thing?” I don’t want to say you’re wrong, but you have to consider how you use a smartwatch, too. Are you talking on your watch for 10 hours a day, or maybe 10 minutes at a time? Do you exercise for three hours a day and listen to music constantly during that time? Maybe you do, but I think those are extreme use cases for a small percentage of people, and that’s good for the average user.
Huawei has also included an always-on display, which will also obviously keep you from getting two weeks away from a charger. But that’s not enabled by default on the watch, so it’s clearly not something that Huawei envisions everyone immediately using.
Release date and pricing
If you’re sold on it, Huawei has priced the watch at €249 and €229 for the 46mm and 42mm, respectively. It’ll begin shipping in October.
Markets will probably be spaced out like they were on the original Watch GT, but we’re hopeful that global launches won’t be too far delayed. Keep an eye out for our review, especially since we enjoyed the minimalistic take of the original.