“The Huawei Watch GT’s fitness features and attractive looks might make it an Apple Watch Series 4 competitor”
Products like smartphones, accessories leak from all kinds of myriad sources all the time but when something shows up on an official website before launch, it is bound to be much more authentic and noticeable. That’s what just happened with the upcoming Huawei Watch GT which was listed on Huawei’s official website with all of its important features. However, even prior to the listing, the wearable was leaked a number of times revealing its design. Now with the listing of specs, all that remains to be known is the price and launch date.
The listing is not accessible right now, likely because Huawei took it down after realising its error. However, some portals like PhoneArena were able to capture the details before it disappeared. According to that, the Huawei Watch GT comes with a circular design and a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 454 x 454 pixels resolution. The watch is 10.6mm thick which is a hair thinner than Apple’s latest watch. It’s made of 316L stainless steel but the bezels are made of ceramic, with an anti-fingerprint coating in the front and a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating to minimise scratches.
Inside is a 420mAh battery that is said to last 30 days on continuous use. However, the battery life be reduced to about two weeks on heavy use and just 22 hours with the GPS turned on. It has a magnetic charging base and charge-time of two hours, the listing shows. The Huawei Watch GT will have 5ATM certification, meaning it can withstand being dunked into water for up to 40 metres.
We do have to mention here that the Huawei Watch GT doesn’t run Wear OS; instead, as the earlier leaks showed, it comes with a new proprietary OS. There’s not much known at that front for now. The listing mentions it will show number of steps taken, calling and SMS information, e-mails, calendar, reminders, and social media apps like other smartwatches. Other fitness activities like swimming, riding, hiking, will also be trackable with the upcoming Huawei Watch.
The leaked info shows the processor on the watch would be an ARM Cortex-M4 based SoC (system on chip), not a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear that powers most Wear OS watches. The smartwatch comes with a NFC chip to facilitate mobile payments such as Alipay and transit payments. It has the TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitor with AI heart rate algorithm and TruRelax pressure monitoring tech to measure heart rate, stress levels, sleep quality, etc.
Apparently, the Huawei Watch GT will be compatible only with Huawei and Honor devices running EMUI 9.0, according to the official listing. Rumours suggest it will cost somewhere in the region of €200 (~ Rs 17,000) after launching next week alongside the Mate 20 flagship.