Huawei has become a staple of a smartwatch with a fast-growing range of GT and Honor Magic watches that have excellent build quality, battery life and great value for money.
We loved the Huawei Watch GT2 for its responsive interface, excellent build quality and advanced set of features. The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro retains the interior but is made with a much more premium choice of materials. The rimless dial is made of sapphire crystal, not in the traditional glass, the watch case is Titanium and the watch plate that rests on your wrist is ceramic.
Inside, there are a myriad of sensors. It can monitor your heart rate, while the long list of sports support tracks now includes skiing and climbing. You get the usual forwarding of notifications, while the choice of clocks is expanded.
So let’s just think about the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro.
Design and build quality, wear it
The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro is available in a simple box with a USB cable and a standard Qi wireless charging bay. This means that the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro can charge most wireless charging batteries, such as some of Samsung’s Galaxy watches. This is a first for a Huawei portable and is good news for anyone who has ever lost near their own boot.
I have tested the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro on a number of Qi charging pages and can report that it works without problems on every one. Of course, it is a more difficult task to load the watch on a charger.
The open glass front compared to the raised metal edge of the Watch GT made me anxious and evoked memories of the Watch GT2 that were scratched pretty easily. However, you do not have to worry about scratches on the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro, thanks to the sapphire crystal. My nearly two weeks of testing involved several brushes and hits, but the GT2 Pro did not even get a microcrape.
Sapphire is almost as hard as diamond – it scratches at a 9 on Mohs’ hardness scale for you JerryRig fans reading it, so it’s hardly a surprise that the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro remained untouched in our testing.
The ceramic backplate is a nice addition. Previous Huawei watches mostly had plastic rear panels. The ceramic is smoother to the touch and sits more comfortably on your wrist.
Huawei Watch GT2 Pro front and rear
We have the Sport version of the watch, which comes with a Fluoroelastomer rubber band. There is also a Classic with a leather strap on. Whether you prefer one or the other, you can always easily swap the standard 22mm tire.
Our unit is the Night Black, which is more dark gray. There is also a lighter color model called Nebula Gray.
The band itself has a two-sided finish. On the inside, the one that makes contact with your skin, it’s smooth. The exterior is gripping and textured. It is accurate to describe the outside of the band’s feeling so instructively. It also looks better than regular smooth silicone.
The watch strap is standard
The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro has a fishing rod that I like and which gives the watch an even more premium feel. The watch itself weighs 52 g. It is comfortable to wear and sits securely on the wrist – thanks to the choice of strap material it does not slip up and down in my hand.
Remember it is a watch designed for a large wrist. It comes in a single 46mm configuration.
I took the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro during a few workouts and it did well, but it is definitely not a device designed to go to the gym with you. It is heavier than most fitness trackers and is not the ideal way to stay off the road.
Features and battery life
The Huawei Watch GT2 features a selection of more than 200 watch faces, each with its own set of displayed complications. Huawei is very proud of the Night Wish face, which can show you all 8 phases of the moon.
By default, the screen goes out after a few seconds and burns when you raise your wrist to look at the time. The watch is smart to determine how much time to illuminate his face – sometimes it will shine for a few seconds, while others can last up to as much as 10 seconds. You can turn off your personal timer if you want.
You can also choose one of the six that are always on watches. Some are analog and others are digital. In the always on mode, the watch remained visible outside, and we left it behind to determine its own brightness as it saw fit.
Like the other smartly portable Huawei, the GT2 Pro has an extensive range of workouts. It can detect more than 100 types of workouts and even offers north of ten running courses with voice guidance. It can automatically detect certain types of workouts (six of them) and will let you know when they are involved. This has led to me being told on a few occasions that it does not follow me as a lively outing, which I did not find useful, but some people can.
Sleep and stress detection is also available.
The sensors on the bottom of the Watch GT2 Pro can monitor heart rate, oxygen saturation levels in blood and can use the data to estimate your VO2Max levels – this is a reading meant to suggest your basic fitness level.
In the workout, the Watch GT2 Pro will depend on you, depending on your heart rate, whether you warm up, burn fat, perform in the best conditions, or that you have to slow down and lower your heart rate. The clock will also vibrate at ten minute intervals to give ‘good work’ and encourage you.
Menu and exercise data
Like its predecessor and some of Huawei’s fitness groups, the Watch GT2 Pro can do an independent reading of SpO2 (or blood oxygen saturation). A healthy adult should have between 94% and 100% oxygen saturation in their blood in normal conditions (extremely high altitude is an example of an abnormal condition). SpO2 is not constantly monitored and it takes about 10 seconds before the Watch GT2 Pro delivers a reading.
There are some specialized sports modes on the Watch GT2 Pro. The one climb, there is a Golf-centric mode that can monitor your swing and show you the angle and speed of the attack.
The ski and snowboard mode is particularly exciting. While on the slopes, the wristwatch measures your heart rate, maximum speed, total descent in meters, mileage and mileage. Unfortunately we could not test any of it at this time of year.
There is a neat route-back feature, which uses GPS to record your route during a hike and will then assist you on the way back.
Finally, the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro will alert you to incoming severe weather changes, using the measurements of the Barometer sensor.
The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro has 4 GB of memory on board and can even be connected to Bluetooth headphones, which means you can run without your phone. However, you can only use mp3 files stored locally – you can not download Spotify and use the internal storage for songs from your library.
The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro has a speaker and microphones and can take calls when connected to your smartphone. The quality of the call was high and the speaker is more than loud enough to make a call while you are traveling. The Watch GT2 Pro can serve as a remote control for your smartphone, but it only works with Huawei and Honor phones, with EMUI 8.1 and higher.
The battery life on the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro was excellent. We always used it, gave notifications to and did two serious workouts, and the Watch GT2 Pro lasted 8 full days before it had to be paid for. Disabling notifications and always turning them off on screen can push you to a two-week range.
A full charge takes about an hour and you can claim 10 minutes of use from just 5 minutes on the boot.
The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro is excellent as a watch and contains enough features to make your day better than a smart tracker.
If you are looking for an amazing watch that can give you the time but also be a weird fitness tracker, the Watch GT2 Pro should be at the top of your list.
There are few conventional or smart watches that offer a better build than the Watch GT2 Pro of sapphire, titanium and ceramic. It really feels better made than almost any other smartwatch we’ve tested.
Consider now the excellent price of just € 299 and compare it to the price of a 45mm Galaxy Watch3 (€ 450 for an aluminum, € 633 for a titanium) or a 44mm Apple Watch Series 6 (€ 447 for a ordinary and € 808 for a stainless steel model). One of the easier recommendations we dished out.