Huawei Watch GT: The Esquire Review
Introducing the Huawei Watch GT – the smart wearable the Chinese firm hopes will take a bite out of Apple’s dominance in the smartwatch world.
Huawei is betting that its design – as well as more traditional aesthetic – along with stellar battery life will do the job. But how does it handle in the real world?
The Huawei Watch GT is certainly a looker. It’s been designed to ape a traditional classic watch, including the correct watch proportions. It’s slim too, a little more than 10-millimetres in depth. More importantly – for those looking to buy this watch – is that despite its petite stature, Huawei says the battery will last a whopping 30-days.
To put that in perspective that means you’ll only need to charge this thing up 12-times per year. Of course, that figure has been reached minus the GPS and heart-rate monitor turned on, as well as a few other tradeoffs we’re sure. However, Huawei still says that with everything turned on – and we do mean everything – you can expect two weeks of non-stop use before needing to find a charger. That is pretty impressive.
The main contributor to that is the fact that Huawei ditched Android Wear OS and instead runs Huawei’s own Lite OS. As the name suggests, it’s not quite as functional as most rival operating systems – which is bad news for those wanting to run third-party apps (this runs none of them). So as a smartwatch going up against, say, the Apple Watch this all feels rather basic.
However, in terms of fitness tracking the Watch GT has some tricks up its sleeve. Huawei has used its clever AI smarts to make the heart rate sensor more accurate than ever before. And it also uses a tri-GPS system, meaning fitness tracking data is a lot more accurate than before.
For most people then, the Huawei Watch GT will get the most wear as a dedicated fitness device. It’s attractive to look at, and comes with an array of easily-swappable bands to make it appropriate for non-gym wear. And while notifications work great – especially when paired with an Android device like the Huawei Mate 20 pro – without third-party app support we can’t see this taking too big a bite out of Apple anytime soon.