Huawei’s launch event today saw the unveiling of Huawei Watch GT 2e alongside the company’s new flagship series, the P40. The specs are largely similar to last October’s Watch GT 2. The main difference is the sporty look and inclusion of a new blood oxygen monitoring feature.
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The design is still circular but, unlike its predecessor the two circular buttons on the right-hand side have been swapped with rectangular ones. The sporty looking, perforated straps look like they’ve been lifted straight from Apple.
Apart from that, you still get the same 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display that boasts a resolution of 454×454 pixels. The dimensions are different due to a thicker bezel. The GT 2e measures 53 x 46,8 x 10.8 mm (versus the 45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm of its predecessor), making it quite a large watch.
Despite the increase in size, the metal/plastic timepiece is very light. Water-resistance has remained at 5 ATM (depths of 50 meters).
Under the hood, everything is powered by the Kirin A1 chipset with 16GB RAM and 4GB of internal storage which is enough for around 500 songs. Other than Pulse Ox (via a dedicated IR sensor), the sensors are the same and include built-in GPS, heart rate (which dishes out reminders about an abnormal heart rate), barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass (digital), gyroscope, ambient light, as well as a microphone for voice control.
There are around 100 workout modes to choose from. This includes things such as rock climbing, yoga, skateboarding and parkour. The watch dishes out a number of Firstbeat features amongst which are Vo2Max, Training effects and Recovery time.
The company’s TruRelax functionality is there to help you chill with stress busting exercises. There is also detailed sleep tracking with an algorithm capable of identifying between 6 common types of sleep disorders.
The 455mAH battery is good for up to 14 days of typical use. This is also what you get with the 46mm version of Watch GT 2.
Watch GT 2e comes in a number of colour options including graphite black, lava red, mint green and icy white. It retails for around $195 and should be available on April 15th, with pre-orders starting today. This is about $50 cheaper than GT2. Huawei has also announced a new gold variant of the 42mm GT2 which will sell for around $230 when it launches in a few weeks time.
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