A few days ago Huawei unveiled its latest phablets, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, as well as a couple of wearables — the Huawei Watch GT and Band 3 Pro.
The first is a smart watch, or at least it supposed to be, and the latter is a fancy activity tracker. The “supposed to be” part comes from the fact that unlike previous Huawei watches, this one doesn’t run Google’s Wear OS but the Chinese company’s own platform, which as you can imagine still lacks apps. And it’s the apps that make some watch “truly smart” — otherwise, it’s just a bigger and fancier activity tracker.
Under the hood, the Watch GT packs a Cortex-M4 chipset with low power and high power processors that allow it to have a battery life of up to 30 days if you only opt to receive notifications. Otherwise, with heart rate tracking turned on — you get up to 2 weeks of use with some modest exercise (1.5 hours per week). The things go south from there with continuous GPS tracking when battery can support only up to 22 hours of operation, but that’s just life — these additional sensors require extra juice.
Made of 316L stainless steel with ceramic bezels, the Huawei Watch GT has a dual crown and comes in two flavors: a Sport version and a stylish Classic one. Both are rated at 5ATM water resistance and pack a 1.39-inch AMOLED display of 454×454-pixel resolution.
Sensor-wise, there are the mentioned GPS and a 6-LED heart rate sensor, backed by Huawei’s TruSeen 3.0 technology which promises to be more efficient in reading your heart rate and can also learn over time. Also included is the built-in altimeter, and step and sleep tracking.
The Huawei Watch GT Sport and Watch GT Classic will go on sale for €199 and €249, respectively. Those are European prices and at this point we are not sure whether they will ever “make it” across the pond.
As for the Band 3 Pro, it boasts a curved 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a heart rate sensor, a GPS, and is able to track every step you take. The device is also waterproof (5ATM) and will sell for €99.