Huawei has unveiled its latest timepiece today. Watch GT2 Pro follows from the launch of Watch Fit earlier this month.
Looking back at Watch GT2
The Watch GT 2 was unveiled in September last year but it already has a successor. This is actually the second upgrade considering there was a GT2 e version released in the spring. That one came with a sportier look and inclusion of a blood oxygen monitoring feature. The other specs remained pretty much the same.
The company then issued a firmware release which brought SpO2 to GT 2. It became evident the sensor was already there, it was just a matter of activating it.
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The watch comes full to the brim with features. This includes a beautiful curved 3D glass AMOLED display, 5 ATM water-resistance, a heart rate monitor and built-in GPS.
All the basic fitness stats are there including the ability to track a wide range of sports activities. The thing also keeps tabs on breathing quality during sleep, monitors for atrial fibrillation and helps users deal with stress by reporting on their heart rate variability. Finally there’s some smart functionality that comes in the form of the ability to make calls from the device itself when tethered to a smartphone and storage for music.
Watch GT 2 Pro
WATCH GT 2 Pro has been certified by the Economic Commission for Europe for a few months now, so we knew it was coming. Plus there were a few leaks along the way.
But it’s all official as of this morning. Watch Gt2 Pro was unveiled at Huawei Developer Conference 2020 alongside the FreeBuds Pro TWS earbuds with ANC.
The timepiece retains the circular shape of the predecessor and features a 1.39-inch, OLED touchscreen with 454×454 pixels resolution and a Sapphire Glass surface. The 46mm case is made of lightweight Titanium while its back is made of Ceramic. Just like before there are two physical buttons on the right.
As far as specs, the new watch comes with 4GB of internal storage, 32MB RAM, the Kirin A1 chipset, built-in GPS and support for Bluetooth 5.1. The usual fitness tracking sensors are there, including SpO2 for blood oxygen. All of this runs on Huawei’s LiteOS.
The company has added a new “route back” feature. This works without your phone by utilizing GPS to help you retrace your steps. Bad weather alerts are also new and the heart rate sensor has been upgraded to a more accurate model.
Moving on to the 455mAh battery. This has enough capacity to keep Watch GT2 Pro going for around two weeks or 30 hours with GPS switched on. The interesting thing about it is that it supports QI wireless charging. This means no wear and tear on the sockets and cables, and less chance of overheating. It also means that you can recharge it using pretty much any mainstream wireless charger. A quick 5 minute top-up is enough for about 10 additional hours of use.
There are two variants of the device – a classic and a sport model. The Nebula Gray and Night Black color options can matched with a choice of leather or plastic bracelets.
Technical specs and availability
- Dimensions: 46.7 x 46.7 x 11.4 mm, 52g
- Display: 1.39″ Super AMOLED, 454 x 454 resolution, Sapphire Glass
- Kirin A1 chipset
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic, Ambient light, Optical heart rate, Air pressure, SpO2
- 5ATM enhanced water resistance
- 32MB RAM, 4GB Flash Memory
- Connectivity: GPS, Bluetooth v5.1 BLE
- 2 weeks long battery life (support for wireless charging), 455 mAh battery. In GPS mode battery life is 30 hours
- Attractive premium design, titanium body material
- More than 100 new exercise modes
- Wireless charging
- Advanced GPS system
The sport model is expected to cost €329 when it’s made available later this month. The Classic version with a letter strap will set you back €349.
Another Huawei device in the works is the Mate Smartwatch. This one is expected to land in October alongside the Mate 40 series.
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