The Huawei Watch GT goes for battery over Put on OS.
There’s an ongoing drawback with wrist-worn gadget issues: it is battery life. Most high-powered smartwatches final only a day or two, perhaps three, on a cost. The Huawei Watch GT, introduced alongside its new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Professional telephones, lasts as much as two weeks on a cost… nevertheless it casts apart Google Put on OS within the course of.
The Huawei Watch GT seems to be just like the corporate’s final Android Put on smartwatch, the Huawei Watch 2. In different phrases, it seems to be like a daily spherical analog watch. A stainless-steel case, two aspect buttons and interchangeable customary watch straps give it that “smartwatch that goals to appear to be a standard giant watch” that is been the case for years now.
The distinction right here is that the Watch GT runs Huawei’s personal software program platform, known as Gentle OS. That and a dual-core processor let the watch run at a unique low-power stage for longer, as much as two weeks in linked mode or 30 days with the watch’s coronary heart charge and GPS turned off.
The Watch GT’s design has a glance just like the Samsung Galaxy Watch — which additionally is not Put on OS –except that the Watch GT’s bezel would not flip. As an alternative, touchscreen swiping and aspect button-pressing make the watch work.
Sporting the Watch GT on my wrist and enjoying with it briefly, it looks as if the OS is much clunkier and restricted than Google’s Put on OS, nevertheless it’s additionally clearly aimed toward being extra of a devoted health watch than a “true” smartwatch. Capabilities appear pared right down to train modes, health, messaging and watch face choice.
The Watch GT’s options all sound like they cowl the bases: swim-ready water resistance plus swim monitoring that may acknowledge stroke varieties, GPS (throughout GPS customary, Russia’s Glonass, the EU’s Galileo and China’s Beidou), altimeter, a three-ring health purpose system, and an onboard sleep monitoring system, TruSleep, developed together with Harvard Medical College. The center charge monitor goals to be extra correct than earlier Huawei watches, too.
The most important attraction can be for runners utilizing GPS, for the reason that Huawei Watch GT ought to final 22 hours with GPS and coronary heart charge on. That runs laps across the Apple Watch ($399 at Apple) on GPS — about 6 hours, based mostly on our latest testing — however devoted health watches from the likes of Polar and Garmin obtain numbers in that vary (or extra). Additionally, Google’s next-gen Put on OS watches with Qualcomm’s new chips inside promise 15 hours in devoted GPS sport modes subsequent 12 months.
Huawei continues to be making different health trackers, together with a skinny Huawei Band three Professional with a colour touchscreen, GPS, swim water resistance, coronary heart charge and 20 days of battery life. Its options sound fairly just like what the bigger Watch GT gives. And Huawei might finally make extra Google Put on OS watches, too. Who is aware of? For now, I might skip the Watch GT in favor of both Garmin or Fitbit choices, which already do comparable issues with extra acquainted software program. However hold your eye on Huawei within the wearables area: As with telephones, the corporate is enjoying for retains.