Huawei watch GT officially announced, dumps Android’s Wear OS for extended battery life

Huawei watch GT

Huawei’s much talked about October big event is finally upon us, and as expected, the major highlight of the event is the unwrapping of the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 pro. However, the event isn’t just all about smartphones, alongside the Mate 20 series comes the Huawei Watch GT – a smartwatch and a fitness tracker that, for some good reasons dumps the Android OS for Huawei’s proprietary platform.

Huawei watch gt

The device gets a kind of generic design, with 316L stainless steel case of about 10.6mm thick with two buttons on the right-hand side and ceramic bezels. The display is a colourful 1.39-inch OLED panel with a DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating on the glass and a  resolution of 454x454px. It’s rated at 5ATM water resistance.

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Similar to most other smartwatches, the Huawei Watch GT comes with a couple of sensors that better equip it to monitor your activity. While it is capable of tracking your heart and Pulse rates with its six-LED optic heart-rate sensor, the Huawei watch also gets a tri-GPS system (GPS+Glonass+Galileo/Beidou) and an altimeter which is great for hiking. Impressively, Huawei says the Huawei Watch GT uses Watch GT uses AI to figure out where and how it’s sitting on your wrist and uses that data to clean up information from the sensor which could aid precise and accurate reading.

Powered by Huawei’s in-house LiteOS, the Huawei watch GT much like the recently unveiled Montblanc Summit 2 is well optimised for power consumption, with varying degree of  battery life, depending on usage and mode;

  • up to 30 days if the smart capabilities are limited to showing notifications received via a smartphone, and monitoring the user’s heart rate
  • at least two weeks if sleep analysis is also provided, in addition to a total of 180 minutes of active exercise-tracking
  • twenty-two hours if all the sensors are turned on and the screen is kept lit

The GT watch is currently available for pre-order with a price tag of  €199 ($230, £174, AU$322) for the basic Huawei GT sport, while the more elegant version goes for $288, £218, AU$403.

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  1. Theo Ford
    October 16, 2018

    Wear OS is doomed.

  2. Cinegain
    October 17, 2018

    Going by first impressions people aren’t too impressed with this one.
    Might have long battery life, but it lacks speed and support for third party apps. Which… kinda of makes it a miss and a mess.