- The newest model of the HUAWEI WATCH GT series which has a two-week battery life selling point, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro.
- Supporting precise data tracking for 100+ workout modes, including 17 professional modes and 85 custom modes.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro Review. Huawei launched two new smartwatch models on October 2. One of them is the newest model HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro from the HUAWEI WATCH GT series, which has a 2-week battery sale value. Another model is the HUAWEI WATCH FIT, which is light as a bracelet and has a variety of sports functions.
I also use Huawei smartphones and smartwatches in my personal life, and now I pair HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 (released in October 2019) with HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G (released in March 2020). I’m using it. I am very satisfied with the performance and usability of GT 2, but I tried to use it for a week to find out “Where did the GT 2 Pro evolve?” And “Is it worth to switch from GT 2 to GT 2 Pro?”.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro Review: Classic models are recommended that allow you to properly use two belts
Suddenly, as I wrapped my hands in the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro, I thought, “Wow, that’s great!” And “I want to buy it!”. The fit is much better than the conventional model, and the appearance ends with a luxurious feel that you can glimpse.
Sapphire glass is used for the face, and titanium is used for the body. And ceramic is adopted for the back (the heart rate sensor part) of the casing which is in direct contact with the skin. When I wear a new watch, not just a smartwatch, I tend to feel uncomfortable until it fits snugly on my wrist, but the GT 2 Pro quickly became familiar with my wrist.
You can choose between a classic leather belt model (USD 342) and a sports model with a durable “fluoroelastomer” belt (USD 304). I borrowed a classic model, which also includes a replacement fluoroelastomer belt.
Fluoroelastomer is the same material used for the Apple Watch belt, as is the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 (46mm / black) belt that I use today. It is resistant to water, sweat, and heat, and is great for sports. Even if it’s dirty, it can be washed easily. Therefore, I usually wear a fluoroelastomer belt and change to a leather belt only when I go out for interviews and meetings. The price of the sport model is +38 USD, and a genuine leather belt is attached, so I think the classic model definitely a good deal.
After all, the battery life is amazing! Also supports wireless charging
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro’s biggest selling point is battery life. The specification says “14 days for normal use”. This “normal use” is based on empirical results when using smartphone notifications, monitoring heart rate and sleep, and sometimes using “training mode”, not when used sparingly.
I haven’t used it for two weeks, but I did experience that the battery actually lasts more than two weeks with the conventional model. The GT 2 Pro’s battery drains as slowly as the previous model, so you can trust “two weeks of life”. If you’re not using a sport mode, you probably have more than two weeks left, and although you have a habit of exercising every day and want to track and log it, you only need to charge it once or twice a week.
The wireless charging function has been added recently, not in conventional models. A dedicated charger is included, but you can charge it from a Qi-compatible wireless charger without using it. In my case, I usually charge my smartphone with a wireless charger, so I can use it to build the GT 2 Pro. What’s more, the Mate 30 Pro that I used has a “reverse charge” feature which allows you to power other Qi-enabled devices.
In other words, you can charge it just by placing it on the back of the Mate 30 Pro. It’s very convenient. First, it’s a terminal that you don’t have to worry about running out of battery, but it doesn’t seem like you need to carry a charger with you even for long trips and business trips.
Useful not only for serious athletes but also for loose health management
The HUAWEI WATCH GT series has a variety of training modes that let you track your movements and record your activities. More than 100 modes are pre-installed on the GT 2 Pro, and 17 of them are compatible with “Pro Sports Mode” where full-scale data analysis is performed.
The new professional sports modes added from the GT 2 Pro are “ski” and “golf”. However, I didn’t have the opportunity to ski during the trial period, or rather, I didn’t have the habit of enjoying skiing from the start, I didn’t play golf, and unfortunately I couldn’t try the usefulness of this new feature.
Therefore, although it is a function inherited from conventional models, modes that can be easily used even by people who are not serious about exercising, such as “walking indoors” when going to a sports gym and “walking outdoors” while exercising walking, is also available. I tried it. Apart from being able to select and activate this mode yourself, it will automatically recognize that you have been walking for about 5 minutes or more and will tell you “Do you want to start tracking?”.
I also tried the sleep monitoring installed over the conventional model. Is a function that can analyze sleep quality, but can be said to be actively used because it has a battery that lasts for 2 weeks.
The global version of GT 2 Pro has a function that can measure SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation), but it cannot be used with compatible models in some countries. After checking with Huawei in my country, it doesn’t appear to be installed due to a permission issue, and it seems that it might be available in a future update. SpO2 is a feature that is also installed on the Apple Watch and is attracting attention. The author is measured every time I go to the hospital, so I hope I can check it myself and get an idea of what to do in the future.
Very convenient for those who use Huawei smartphones
In my opinion, a smartwatch has all the functions one would expect, such as answering incoming calls to a smartphone, checking incoming notifications, and making a sound when the smartphone is lost. No problem.
GT2 Pro is compatible with Android 4.4+ and iOS 9.0+ devices. However, there are different functions that can be used depending on the device, and Huawei smartphones can use most of the functions. If you have EMUI 8.1 or higher, you can use the camera’s remote shutter function. In addition, if you have EMUI 10.1 or higher with NFC, you can also use a function called “One Hop” which lets you transfer photos by simply selecting a photo with the “Gallery” app on your smartphone and holding it over the GT 2 Pro. Also, if you have an Android smartphone, you can download and add dial designs.
For those who use a Huawei smartphone, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro is arguably the best choice. Those using conventional models like the GT and GT2 should also consider buying the GT 2 Pro. There was no significant evolution in functionality, but compatibility was significantly improved. The conventional model feels like a “smartwatch, digital device”, but with the GT 2 Pro, you can enjoy the convenience of a “good watch” regardless of whether it is analog or digital.
Even if you are using a smartphone other than Huawei, if you are interested in having a battery that lasts for 2 weeks, you should buy it.
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro uses the “Kirin A1” as the processor, but due to US regulations, it is complicated whether this “Kirin” chip will continue to be used in the future. I personally think that the GT 2 Pro could be the last watch to feature Kirin. Including the meaning, in my opinion, the GT 2 Pro which is currently very complete is worth buying.
*Devices used in this article:
- Smartwatch: HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro
- Smartwatch firmware: Version 10.1.1.18
- Smartphone: HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Smartphone OS: Android 10 + EMUI 10.1.0
- Healthcare App: Version 10.1.2.553
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