Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Review
Smartwatches are fun to have these days! They have been proven to be useful despite the pandemic with its features.
A few weeks ago, Huawei sent over this Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro. This features a lot of upgrades from the GT 2, and if you decided to skip buying one last year, this might be the one you’d want to have.
What’s in the box?
What you get are the following things: the watch, a charging cable, a wireless charging port (I’ll get into that later on), a warranty card, and a quick guide. Pretty standard stuff inside, but what strikes me the most is the wireless charging port, which says a lot about what makes this smartwatch different from the GT 2 that we have right here.
Wireless Charging… finally!
The new Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro now supports wireless charging, making it the first in the series to have that feature.
This significant change means that you can now charge your watch with your smartphone, which has reverse wireless charging like the Huawei P40 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. This is a very convenient alternative to the 2-pin charger that I was used to on the Watch GT2.
A Better Watch GT2!
Watch GT 2 Pro features sapphire glass, a titanium body, and a ceramic case for maximum durability. It comes in Classic and Sport variants and offers a number of new watch faces, including Jungle, Starry Sky, and Nightwish, which I have installed on my watch. As usual, you can download a lot of watch faces in the Huawei Health app, so enjoy switching to new watch faces every day if you want.
Watch GT 2 series’ rate of discharge based on moderate to heavy usage is 1% per 3 hours. Based on my computation, at this specific rate of discharge, its battery life should at least be up for 12.5 days or 300 hours. In my review, however, the GT 2 Pro lasted for 15 days. That is half a month from a single charge, and for someone who is used to charging twice to thrice per week from my previous smartwatch, you can just imagine how good this one is.
There are several things to consider, however, when it comes to battery life. Huawei said that its uptime will drastically be affected when GPS is turned on or how often you’re using it when you’re working out.
A Brand New Chip
The new Huawei GT2 Pro also features a brand new Kirin A1 with STL4R9. It is technically the same chipset on the GT2 but with an additional STL4R9, which is basically in charge of the additional features of the new smartwatch.
As Huawei’s first dedicated chipset for wearables, Kirin A1 includes a dual-chip design and supports the latest connectivity modules for better usage without sacrificing size and weight. This enabled Huawei to put more features on Watch GT2 Pro like Bluetooth 5.1 and calling functionality.
With the enhanced features of this smartwatch, it has transformed even further as your everyday assistant. You’ve got an upgraded remote shutter and improved music playback. If you’re a supported smartphone like my Huawei P40 Pro, you’ll be able to enjoy these extra features. I tried this on my Galaxy Z Fold 2, and while I was able to install and enjoy it, extra features like Remote Shutter is not supported.
An Intelligent Assistant
While this may be considered as a piece of fashion, the GT 2 Pro is also an intelligent fitness assistant. It supports up to 100 plus workout modes as well as offline navigation thanks to its built-in GPS. This is one of the major changes on the GT 2 Pro. This feature will let you use the watch as your fitness monitoring tool for distance outdoor running without being tethered to your smartphone. You can then share your data to your friends with a few clicks of the button.
However, similar to my observation with the Huawei Watch Fit and Huawei’s other smart watches, there is no easy way of extracting data so you can use for other Health Monitoring applications. There are workarounds though and it does not mean that it’s impossible.
Moreover, health monitoring features include heart rate using the upgraded TruSeen 4, stress, sleep, and SpO2. Just in case you’re not aware, SpO2 is a measure of blood oxygenation. It also boasts OneHop Watch Face, which means you can instantly use a photo from your smartphone as a watch face.
Similar to the GT2, the GT 2 Pro can let you take calls. The watch has a microphone and speaker just below its dials. It is impressive to think that despite its being water-resistant, Huawei managed to include this much-needed feature. I proved this to be very useful many times especially when I couldn’t take my phone out during calls. Trust me – you’ll find this very useful too when the need arises.
If you skipped the Huawei Watch GT 2, this is your best option yet. If you’re looking to find the features you would get on this watch on other smartwatches in the market, you will have difficulty in doing so. This is the best smartwatch at its price point without worrying about compatibility with other ecosystem.
Huawei GT 2 Pro is now available for PhP11,999 at Huawei Concept and Online Stores. You can also buy via Lazada and other dealer stores nationwide.