“Available in Classic and Sport Editions, the Watch GT promises a two-week battery life”
GT is a term that’s usually used by automobile brands to showcase a mix of powerful performance and long-lasting endurance. Standing for Grand Tourer, we’ve seen the term representing the pinnacle of cars. But Huawei believes that its offerings deserve the GT tag too. And no, I’m not talking about a smartphone, but a smartwatch. Simply dubbed the Huawei Watch GT, the wearable has just landed in India, and will be going on sale from March 19th. While we’re quite excited to review the accessory, here’s a quick rundown of what the device offers basis our hands-on experience.
The first thing that you’ll notice about the Huawei Watch GT is how similar it looks to traditional analogue timepieces – which immediately makes it ideal for those who like to sport normal wrist watches. That’s not it, as soon as you hold the smartwatch, it seems really lightweight (weighs 46g without the strap) and thin (at 10.6mm), which means that it won’t weigh your wrists down. Interestingly, the brand has achieved that even with the use of stainless steel, that offers a robust construction. With a traditional clasp design, wearing and removing the Watch GT was quite easy too. In terms of the design elements, it has dual crowns, with one of them letting you go to the previous screen or homescreen, while the other is dedicated to enabling various exercise modes.
You’ll be interacting with the Huawei Watch GT with a 1.39-inch circular display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. With a pixel density of 326ppi, the panel offers sharp visuals and colours are reproduced quite well too. I managed to take the device outdoors, and brightness levels also seemed to be sufficient enough. The touchscreen is also quite smooth and responds to various actions accurately.
Huawei is highlighting the long-lasting battery life of the Watch GT by claiming that the wearable can last up to two weeks on a single charge with heart-rate monitoring turned on. In the case it’s disabled, the device can deliver an astonishing backup of up to 30 days, while offering smart capabilities like receiving calls and messages. Now that’s a tall claim and if true, it could surely put other smartwatches to shame which require juicing up every other day. The brand also states that this is possible due to the dual-chip architecture in the device, which handles the regular tasks and tracking features separately. Sadly however, the company hasn’t divulged the exact chipset that’s fuelling the watch. The accessory ships with 16MB RAM and 128MB memory onboard.
Yet another reason for the great battery life could be Huawei’s custom OS instead of Android Wear. Christened Lite OS, the interface looks easy to understand and navigate and I was able to get a hang of it in almost no time. It’s extremely responsive too, although at times, there’s a slight lag between clicking on action and its initiation on the Watch GT.
As far as the tracking features are concerned, the Huawei Watch GT is fully loaded, offering options ranging for indoor and outdoor running to cycling, and indoor or pool swimming to custom exercises too. The company also claims that the device measures heart rate more accurately, dubbed TruSeen 2.0. The smartwatch comes with in-built GPS to ensure your run are tracked in a better manner. There’s also Scientific Coaching which guides one in real-time to improve their running. TruSleep 2.0 on the other hand, claims to be able to identify sleep-related issues and offer more than 200 suggestions to make sure that you sleep in a better manner.
Available with two straps of silicone rubber or Italian leather – monikered Sport and Classic Edition, respectively – the Huawei Watch GT has been priced rather competitively at Rs 15,990 and Rs 16,990. At this price, the device will be competing against the likes of the Honor Watch Magic and Fitbit Versa (review). However, what makes the deal even sweeter in case of the Watch GT is the fact that the brand is offering Huawei Bluetooth earbuds worth Rs 2,990 totally free of charge.