Watch GT 2e – minor update Watch GT 2. The prefix “e” means “energy”. Energetic Huawei sees generation Z, that is, active youth. The sport is in fashion again, so in the Watch GT 2e the company combined a lifestyle gadget and powerful tracking algorithms: 15 types of training, a 24/7 heart rate monitor, and oxygen measurement. Music control and 2 weeks without charging – also here. We look at what else the novelty is capable of.
Reliable like a Swiss watch
In the first models, Huawei skillfully crossed the Swiss luxury and modern technology. Huawei Watch GT 2e is not far away, it is the same round “classic”, but in a sporty performance. The buttons are now almost recessed into the body – so as not to cling to clothes. Only the “male” version with a case diameter of 46 mm will be on sale.
They got rid of the leather strap, now only TPU is thermoplastic polyurethane, flexible as plastic and durable as silicone. The type of strap fastening is different, “back to back” to the case, so the bracelet better wraps around the wrist and prevents the watch from hanging out. There is no chatter – more precisely, the heart rate monitor and pedometer work. Ideally, wear a watch two fingers away from the wrist.
Bracelets from Watch GT 2 will not work, although here the standard width is 22 mm – you can find a replacement. Three colors will be on sale: black, mint green and red. The last two are with ventilation holes, in the spirit of the Apple Watch Nike. So that the skin breathes better, we’re going to sweat.
The case is made of stainless steel 316L, hardened at a temperature of 1400 degrees Celsius. As the owner of the Watch GT2 that’s not very accurate, I’ll note: the material is very durable, the body and glass do not care about beats, drops and slam at rock concerts. Just don’t knock on the display armature and it will be fine. The swimming in the pool and at sea can also withstand the clock (IP68 protection), just rinse under fresh water.
Four main chips, and how they work
The first is fierce autonomy. Like the Watch GT and Watch GT 2, the new watch lasts 14 days without charge. This is with a constantly working heart rate monitor, 90 minutes of training and 30 minutes of music weekly. You can run with the GPS turned on for up to 30 hours, but you will probably need charging rather than the watch.
In practice, I squeezed 12 days, which is also excellent. After 1-2 days of operation, the Apple Watch is just an escape from slavery: you do not need to charge another accessory every night. We have so many of them. You can enable Always On Display, then the operating time will be reduced to an acceptable 8 days.
The second feature is a 1.39-inch display. They haven’t come up with anything better than OLED for smart watches: deep black color, excellent readability under the sun, high contrast. Brightness of 1000 nits – as in the top-end smartphones 2019-2020, the pixel density of 326 ppi is also flagship. There is an oleophobic coating on the glass: fingers slide, prints are easily erased.
Rety option: music control. We downloaded songs to the watch’s memory (2.3 GB available), connected the headphones directly via Bluetooth and drove to the park without a smartphone. Note to fans: for running, music with a beat frequency of 180 bpm (optimal cadence) is best suited, and this does not have to be drum and bass: hits by Katy Perry, Queen, The Offspring are suitable. Outside of sports, the function is also useful, you can control the playback of music on your smartphone.
About the fourth chip – separately.
Focus on sports, health and sleep
If the Huawei Watch GT 2 is, first of all, a beautiful accessory with a bunch of sensors, then in the Watch GT 2e sports come to the fore. The basic types of training – 15 pieces: walking, running, swimming, hiking, triathlon and others. But Huawei went further: threw another 85 (eighty-five) modes, among them – climbing, skateboarding, surfing and other exotic.
To measure the accuracy in each mode, you need a long test, but most importantly – there is the ability to track and record almost any activity. That is, you will know the pulse, pace, speed, route on the map. Hikers will appreciate the altimeter with an error of 5-7 meters, swimmers will estimate the SWOLF, and auto-calculation of recovery time will be useful to everyone.
To health, too, increased attention. The Huawei Watch GT 2e will warn users with bradycardia and heart failure about a heart rate that is too low or too high. Fortunately, we have not been able to test it yet.
Huawei’s pride is accurate sleep monitoring. In the Huawei Health app, you can read about the quality of your sleep, laid out in 11 parameters. Here and about overeating, and about the lack of physical activity, and other “charms” of idle life.
What about NFC and message replies?
There is no NFC module in the Watch GT; you won’t be able to pay for purchases for hours. As there is no Wi-Fi and application store. Disadvantages? Rather, the costs of the price, they must be understood. Someone is ready to pay 3-5 thousand for luggage on the plane, someone has a backpack, and he’ll save a lot. Here the same thing: there is a Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 for 20 thousand, there is an Apple Watch Series 3 for 16 thousand. Both with contactless payment, but live 1-3 days.
Also, the speaker and microphone disappeared in the Watch GT 2e, and you cannot answer calls from your smartphone via Bluetooth from the watch. This option remained in the “older” version of the Watch GT 2.
Answering messages is a purely technical question, it could be solved with little blood (read – at a cost), people on forums require. Pictures and stickers are not displayed, empty messages come instead. There is nothing more to complain about.
Interest in smart watches is falling, but Huawei was able to sell 3 million Watch GT in 10 months and 1 million Watch GT 2 in 45 days. Many are ready to donate NFC, Wi-Fi, leave it for a smartphone – for the sake of maximum autonomy.