HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro

HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro

The HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro is a sports focused smartwatch released in September 2020. HUAWEI is a popular smartwatch brand but there is a lot of political backlash against this manufacturer in the United States making it difficult to find HUAWEI products in some channels.

The GT 2 Pro is using a HUAWEI Kirin A1 processor. This is an older processor that is very power efficient allowing for extended battery life. That being said, in 2020 this processor is showing its age. While lag is not a big issue, it performs the same as older and cheaper watches in the HUAWEI family. Essentially, its sibling, the HONOR MagicWatch 2 at less than half the price has nearly identical specs, performance and user experience.

The operating system for this watch is the proprietary Lite OS. This means that available apps are limited and you do not have access to a 3rd party app store such as the Google Play Store. This is a significant disadvantage and is common drawback for any smartwatch using a proprietary operating system.

Design

The GT 2 Pro has a circular watch face design and is quite sleek and attractive. The watch is available in the following colors: black, gray. The case is titanium. This smartwatch is medium sized at 46.7 x 46.7 x 11.4 mm and weighs 52g. The 11.4 mm thickness is not too bulky and is quite comfortable to wear.

The GT 2 Pro comes with 22 mm fluoroelastomer and leather interchangeable straps. Fluoroelastomer is a synthetic rubber strap that is supposed to be more resistant to heat, moisture and oil than silicone. Both straps are high quality matching the overall upscale look and feel of this watch

You can interact with the watch using the touchscreen and 2 physical buttons. The touchscreen works very well with no lag. Fonts, menus and icons can easily be read and navigation is not too complex.

The GT 2 Pro has a 5ATM water resistance rating which allows for swimming and showers. Only use the fluoroelastomer band for swimming, as the leather band will get damaged. Salt water or chlorine could be problematic so make sure to rinse, wipe and dry the watch after swimming.

Screen

The screen of the GT 2 Pro is one of the highlights of this smartwatch. The 1.39″ AMOLED Touchscreen, with 454 x 454 pixels and 326 ppi pixel density delivers a high-quality visual experience. Indoors the display is excellent while outdoors it is acceptable but not great.

The GT 2 Pro uses Sapphire Glass to protect the screen. That being said, this is not a rugged watch and we imagine most people looking to purchase would not be doing activities that will be damaging the watch. The HONOR Watch GS Pro has nearly equivalent specs but with a rugged design more suited for durability.

The watch has an always on screen option but this has a significant impact on battery life. The watch allows for custom watchfaces which is a nice feature.

Battery

The GT 2 Pro comes with a 455 mAh battery. HUAWEI claims that typical usage battery life is 14 days. Real world battery life matches this claim and is quite good when compared to other smartwatches.

Connectivity Features

From a connectivity perspective, the GT 2 Pro has limited functionality when compared to full featured smartwatches. The watch can only receive notifications and there is no ability to respond to notifications from the watch.

This is one of the biggest drawbacks of the watch and a very common complaint. While the inability to respond to notifications may be acceptable on the $130 HONOR MagicWatch 2, not having this feature on a $300 watch is very disappointing. The watch does not have WiFi connectivity as well.

The GT 2 Pro has both a speaker and a microphone and has the ability to both answer and place calls via bluetooth.

The speaker and microphone work well for both incoming and outgoing calls. The speaker can be used to play music stored on the 4GB internal memory.

On the positive side, it does come with built-in GPS. GPS connectivity is fast and accuracy is good. The GT 2 Pro comes with a route back feature which records your travel route and allows you to find your way back to the starting point.

HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro Route Back
Route Back

Finally, Near Field Communication (NFC) is not supported, hence you cannot use this smartwatch to make payments. In the $300 price range, NFC for payments is expected so that is another negative against the GT 2 Pro.

Health and Fitness Features

The GT 2 Pro comes with 6 sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), Pulse Oximeter (SpO2). These cover quite a bit of fitness functions and even some health areas. These sensors allow you to track the following 11 metrics: Blood Oxygen Level, Calories, Distance, Fitness Level, Heart Rate, Menstrual Cycle, Sleep, Steps, Stress, Swimming, VO2 Max.

Also included are 100+ different sports modes. THE GT 2 Pro excels in monitoring. Sleep monitoring is very good and fitness tracking is quite decent.

HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro Sports
HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro Sports Modes

HUAWEI Health App

The HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro uses the HUAWEI Health app, which is very good particularly for fitness and sports tracking. The app is not cluttered, easy to navigate and works quite well. One common complaint with all HUAWEI smartwatches is the lack of Strava app support, a popular app for runners and cyclists.

HUAWEI Health app

Known Issues

As this watch has just recently been released, there are no common known issues.

Verdict

Price reflects the very high quality design, build quality and excellent materials (titanium and sapphire screen). While the fitness and sleep tracking are excellent, some of the specs are disappointing for this price range (no notification replies, no 3rd party apps, no NFC). This is essentially the same as the much cheaper HONOR MagicWatch 2 in a nicer case with wireless charging.

Specifications

General

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Watch Type Sports Focused Smartwatch
Gender Men
Release Date September 2020
Operating System Proprietary - Lite OS
App HUAWEI Health App
Supported Devices Android 5.0+, iOS 9.0+
Processor HUAWEI Kirin A1

Design

Shape Circular
Case Size 46.7 x 46.7 x 11.4mm
Case Material Titanium
Weight 52g
Strap Width 22 mm
Strap Material Fluoroelastomer, Leather
Interchangeable Strap Yes
Watch Colors Black, Gray
Input Touchscreen, 2 Buttons
Water Resistance 5 ATM

Screen

Screen Size 1.39"
Screen Type AMOLED Touchscreen
Resolution 454 x 454
Pixels per Inch 326 ppi
Always On Yes
Custom Faces Yes
Screen Protection Sapphire Glass

Battery

Typical Usage Battery Life (Days) 14
Watch Mode Battery Life (Days) Not Disclosed
GPS Mode Battery Life (Days) Not Disclosed
Charging System Wireless, Magnetic
Capacity 455 mAh

Features

Notifications Receive Only
Bluetooth v5.1
Bluetooth Calling Receive and Place Calls
Bluetooth Music Yes
Speaker Yes
Microphone Yes
Camera No
Cellular No
GPS GPS (US), GLONASS (Russia)
Near Field Communication (NFC) No
Payments No
WiFi No
Voice Command No
Memory 4GB
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), Pulse Oximeter (SpO2)
Tracking Blood Oxygen Level, Calories, Distance, Fitness Level, Heart Rate, Menstrual Cycle, Sleep, Steps, Stress, Swimming, VO2 Max
Sport Modes 100+
Automatic Workout Detection Yes
Warranty 12 Months

Summary

Unique Features Premium quality materials, look and feel
Route back feature
Advantages 14 day battery life
Good quality screen
Excellent fitness and sports apps
Can receive and place calls with the watch when paired to your phone
Wireless charging
Disadvantages High price for specs and older processor
Cannot respond to notifications
Limited apps, no app store with third-party apps
No NFC or payment capability
No Strava app support
Verdict Price reflects the very high quality design, build quality and excellent materials (titanium and sapphire screen). While the fitness and sleep tracking are excellent, some of the specs are disappointing for this price range (no notification replies, no 3rd party apps, no NFC). This is essentially the same as the much cheaper HONOR MagicWatch 2 in a nicer case with wireless charging.

Published: December 06, 2020

HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro - WatchSmarty
HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro

The HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro has high quality design, build quality & excellent materials. Similar to the much cheaper HONOR MagicWatch 2.

Product SKU: HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro

Product Brand: HUAWEI

Product Currency: USD

Product Price: 300

Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01

Product In-Stock: SoldOut

Editor's Rating:
6.6