Huawei has added a new device to its sports watch lineup. This one is called Watch GT Runner. It is a lightweight timepiece targeted at the sporty types. The highlights are the lighweight design, performance metrics for runners, and improved sattelite connectivity.
Watch GT Runner comes hot on the heels of Watch GT3. That one was announced in late October. Its improvements over GT2 come in the form of some design and sensor upgrades, more sports modes and additional performance metrics.
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Now we are getting a tweaked version of that. Watch GT Runner was announced at Huawei’s product launch event yesterday.
Huawei Watch GT Runner – what you need to know
The clue is in the name. This is a timepiece designed mainly for the runners amongst us.
Built to maximise the speed of the wearer, Watch GT Runner adopts a high-strength compositive fiber case that is thin and lightweight. But at just 38.5 grams it is also robust and waterproof. It is said the design was inspired from a supercar motive. The ceramic bezel and titanium crown contribute to a premium look.
The body of the watch holds a 1.43-inch circular AMOLED touch-display. All of this is attached to an antibacerial silicone strap.
As far as features, GT Runner runs on the lighweight Harmony OS. This ensures long battery life. With normal use the thing keeps going for two weeks between charges. With heavy use you can expect about a half of this.
Battery life falls rapidly if you switch on the built-in sattelite positioning (GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, GALLILEO and QZSS). Huawei says it has integrated a floating external antenna which enables dual-frequency GPS. The antenna is concealed within the polymer fiber material. Apparently, the tech greatly improves the antenna performance and lock – up to 135% better accuracy as compared to the traditional design.
This will be very important to runners. There is nothing worse than arriving at your starting point and waiting 10 minutes to secure a GPS signal. Or finishing a run and seeing that the sattelite positioning data is inaccurate.
Runners will also benefit from a range of performance metrics, including Training Load, Running Ability Index, Vo2Max, recovery insights and more. The device ports these over from GT3 thanks to an upgraded TruSport system. Of course users will also get detailed heart rate and other activity info, along with altitude. So that they don’t get lost, there’s route sharing and track back.
The device is not cheap. At the moment it is up from pre-order in China for 2,188 yuan. That’s nearly $350. Watch GT Runner officially goes on sale on Black Friday, November 26th. It remains to be seen whether the watch will be sold beyond the local market of China.
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