Smartwatch Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro – review

Time 13/05/2022 By mhb

The market for wearable devices is a dynamic one and there are enough manufacturers who want to get as generous a slice of sales as possible. Smartwatch Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro – review

We can say that Huawei already has experience in this field, and from now on it will constantly bring such new products in its portfolio. This has already happened since the beginning of September 2020, when I had the opportunity to do a short hands-on with Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro and Huawei Watch Fit. I received a sample of tests from each, and today I present in detail the first of them, the coolest smartwatch of the moment from Huawei.

Specifications Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

Design

I received a test sample that is not intended for sale. However, the box seems to be identical to the retail one, as well as its contents, with the mention that in the package we received there was also a black silicone strap, in addition to the one made of gray genuine leather with light, very light brown influences. , depending on the ambient light.

Otherwise, in the retail box, in addition to the watch with the bracelet ready assembled, we also find a wireless charging pad, a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, the quick start guide and the warranty certificate.

If I were to go over this chapter very quickly, I could say this: Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is absolutely superbly built, I didn't find the slightest manufacturing problem. Nothing, no matter how hard I “sharpened” my eyes and no matter how much crop I did in the product pictures here, before the resize, I didn't find the slightest deficiency of finishing.

If we also take into account the materials used on the outside, namely sapphire glass on the face, ceramic on the back and titanium body, then do we have something to blame on the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro? Not. It's almost perfect. Why not perfect? Because I don't think there is such a thing when it comes to such analyzes.

Finally, what about Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro. The edge around the circular screen is not the narrowest, and there are lines on it from 1 to 11 and a small arrow for 12 o'clock.

The two physical buttons stand out only slightly and have a finish on the edges that might make you think they can be rotated. Indeed, you can do that too, only that you do not activate any function, the buttons can only be pressed. Smartwatch Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro – review

The ceramic back has a small area a little higher, where the heart sensor is. After more than 2 weeks of using this watch, it didn't bother me at all, I didn't even notice that it existed. Smartwatch Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro – review

The natural leather strap is also of the highest quality, even here I did not find anything to complain about. The seams are precise, symmetrical, and the quality of every detail is remarkable.

The same goes for the silicone strap. Here you can not be too pretentious, it is an accessory dedicated to athletes, active people, whose function is a priority for design. With this strap, the holes for adjusting the circumference are closer together, so you can better find the correct position of the watch on your hand.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is a premium product that feels that way from the first moment. There is nothing to make you doubt the quality of this watch.

Screen and sound

The 1.39-inch circular screen is of the AMOLED type, with a high resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. Everything appears extremely well defined on this screen, there are no problems with even the finest details, these being exemplary.

The colors are nice, not overly saturated. The contrast, as usual with an OLED panel, is infinite, with a perfect black. The maximum brightness is high, sufficient regardless of the conditions. You can clearly see everything on the screen even in direct sunlight, even if in such a scenario you would sometimes wish it a better readability. No problem, you see everything well, but it seems to have been even better with an even higher brightness (only in direct sunlight).

The viewing angles are extremely wide, you will look at the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro watch from practically any position, you will have the same quality of the display. Smartwatch Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro – review

The sound coming from the speaker somehow placed on the side, with a cutout on the back cover, between the two physical buttons, is good. Very good for a smartwatch, both in terms of quality and maximum volume. It allows you to have trouble-free phone calls even outside, in a noisier environment.

The microphone on the smartwatch is sensitive and clearly picks up the user's voice, which it plays correctly.

Hardware, operating system and functions

The hardware details we know about the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro consist of the Kirin A1 + STL4R9 processor, 32 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal eMMC storage.

As an internal operating system, on the watch, Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro runs LiteOS, which offers an interface perfectly adapted to this device.

The commands given by the touch screen are taken ok, not even instantly, but anyway without becoming annoying. Tap and swipe gestures are recognized, with which you will scroll through the interface without the slightest problem. Smartwatch Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro – review

From the home screen, say, from the clock face used, you access the quick settings menu by swiping from top to bottom, while for the notification area you swipe from bottom to top. From left to right or vice versa, go through some of the applications: Heart rate, Stress, Weather, Activity recordings, and Music.

The physical button at the top acts as a return to the selected home screen / clock face when you are in certain menus or opens the application drawer when pressed from the home screen. In this drawer you will find all the applications on the watch, in top-down order: Training, Training recordings, Training condition, Heart rate, SpO2, Activity recordings, Rest, Stress, Breathing exercises, Call log, Calendar, Music , Air pressure, Compass, Notifications, Weather, Stopwatch, Timer, Alarm, Flashlight, Find phone and Settings.

The bottom button can be assigned a shortcut that will take you directly to a specific application.

To return to the previous menu, you must swipe from left to right, from the outside of the screen, to the inside of the screen.

Some pictures with the LiteOS interface on the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro:

As you have seen above, there are many applications available directly in the watch, you have at your disposal extremely many types of training and functions.

I didn't even have time to test them all, and even if I did, I don't think it would have been normal to list everything I discovered here. What I noticed was that the heart rate is fairly accurately measured, as are the levels of oxygenation in the blood. On the other hand, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro seems a bit optimistic about the number of steps you take in a day. I don't think there are big differences, but from what I measured (counting the steps in my mind and compared to what the clock then displayed) it would be an increase of about 10% given by the clock. It can only be my case, however, given my more atypical physique - about 195 cm tall.

I liked that Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro integrates many sensors, not to mention, they are in the table with specifications from the beginning. Thus, you have various information.

The integrated GPS is accurate, I compared it to what my smartphone showed me and there were no major differences in the route recorded by both.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro can monitor more than 100 different types of training, with 19 professional profiles, of which 12 for outdoor sports (skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, golf, running, walking, hiking, hiking, running on track, cycling, swimming and triathlon) and 7 for indoor (walking, running, cycling, swimming, free training, elliptical and rowing).

On the notifications side, Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro does the right thing. It shows them to you in real time as soon as they appear on the connected phone. Plus, you can answer calls directly on your watch using the built-in speakerphone and microphone.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro already has a few clock faces that you can choose from, I've put pictures with just a few of them, some of which may receive additional settings:

Much more important is to install the Huawei Health application on your smartphone and the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store for iPhone. From this application you get at least the same data that you can see on the watch, but you can make certain settings faster and you can configure some details.

Screenshots from Huawei Health for Android:

Also from Huawei Health you can install on the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro many of the available clock faces. There are over 200 to choose from and it looks like more will appear in the future. I can't believe you won't find one for yourself. Plus, you can customize a watch face with a background as a picture on your phone.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro can be connected to the phone only through the dedicated Huawei Health application and only if you also install HMS. It is not compatible with third party applications, and this may come as a constraint to some. Moreover, only certain Huawei smartphones can use some functions - One Hop Watch Face, for example.

Some may complain that the interface of both the watch and the Huawei Health application are too complicated. However, you can't integrate so many functions and not have menus for each one.

Connectivity

On the connectivity side, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro looks good again. We have Bluetooth in the latest version - 5.1 and GPS and GLONASS location. There is also NFC, but for now it can only be used with Huawei smartphones with EMUI 11 or later, when with a simple touch between the two devices you can transfer images from your phone to your watch, to use them as a background for some faces the clock.

The Bluetooth connection to the phone is stable and can extend more than 15 meters from my tests. The location, as I said before, is accurate, not at all different from what my OnePlus 6T displayed.

Unfortunately, although it integrates NFC, there is no (at least for now) possibility to activate payments with this smartwatch.

Autonomy

The 455 mAh battery should allow a battery life of about 14 days in a scenario that involves: non-stop activated heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, 90 minutes of activity monitoring with location activated, notifications activated with 50 messages and 3 daily alarms, with 200 screen activations per day and 30 minutes of music playback per week. Did I lose you?

After more than 3 weeks of testing, I can say that in a normal use scenario, without activating the GPS too often, I approached the 14 days of autonomy. Once it was about 13 days, another 15 days, of which I really wore a classic watch for about 2 days…

Anyway, the real autonomy of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is surprising, I would call it excellent.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro charges wirelessly. It is recommended to use the pad in the box, but you can use any other device with Qi charging. At the same time, a smartphone with reverse wireless charging function can power Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, which can only be a bonus.

Price

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Smartwatch - 1,500 lei on eMAG, with a promotion until October 13th, which includes a Huawei Smart Scale CH-100 scale as a gift.

conclusions

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is definitely one of the best smartwatches of the moment. It has no obvious weaknesses, I would even say that it is difficult to find any defects. He does well everything he promises to do, and that means, in the end, a fair price. Yes, it's not cheap, but if you can afford one, you won't be disappointed. And in the end, the direct competition from Samsung or Apple does not offer better prices, on the contrary, if we look at the latest Galaxy Watch3 or Watch Series 6, more expensive by a few hundred lei.

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Darius Pana

Editor on Gadget.ro since September 2014. Passionate about technology, cars and photography. Write reviews for mobile phones, cars, audio devices, monitors, TVs, cameras and any other gadget. Uses realme 7 Pro, Canon EOS M100 + Canon EF-S 15-85 mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS USM and Canon 50mm 1: 1.8 STM.

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