Huawei unveils a stylish new smartwatch with stellar battery life

Yolanda Curtis
September 20, 2019

Huawei launched a new flagship smartphone on Thursday but it comes without popular Google apps such as Chrome or YouTube after United States sanctions kicked in, limiting its appeal to consumers. This is both more powerful than previous versions and is capable of delivering an impressive two-week battery life.

There'll be a good number of variants of Huawei Watch GT 2, and all of them will be coming to Australia - in both mens' and womens' styles, there'll be both 46mm and 42mm variants, in a sports or classic edition (with a rubberised band) and elite edition (with a metal band). Using its AI prowess, Huawei will also be able to analyze sleep problems to provide improvement suggestions. However, for the majority of smartwatch users, this is more than sufficient. For more information about this watch series, have a peek at our Huawei Watch GT Review from earlier this year - already then, it was "Life after Android". This is enabled by the ultra-low power consumption of the Kirin A1 chipset.

It is available in 46mm and 42mm versions, each of which supports Always-On display capabilities along with a variety of watch faces.

In terms of design, the larger 46mm looks similar to the previous generation, adopting a traditional-looking bezel-ed aesthetic.

On the software front, there's now support for advanced tracking with 15 compatible activities, including running, walking, hiking, cycling and swimming. While the GT 2 obviously doesn't come with standalone cellular connectivity, that means you can connect the smartwatch to a handset from a distance of up to 150 meters and answer voice calls directly on your wrist.

While we're on the subject, you'll be pleased to hear standalone Global Positioning System functionality headlines a fairly robust list of health, wellness, and activity tracking features that also includes a built-in heart rate monitor, sleep quality insights, and "full-scale" monitoring of 190 types of data for 15 different sports, ranging from running and cycling to, well, indoor running and cycling. The watch also includes features like compass, torch, workout records, and barometer. Another included feature is the Huawei TruSleep 2.0, which will track sleep quality, real-time heart rate, and sleep breathing quality. Huawei hasn't disclosed the countries which will be getting the new Watch GT 2.

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