The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is the latest watch from the Chinese manufacturer. And she has it under her elbow, as we will see in this full test.
In September 2019, Huawei launched its connected watch Watch GT 2 . A year later, in September 2020, the Chinese manufacturer, settled like music paper unveiled a new model of smartwatch. However, this was not a Huawei Watch GT 3, but the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro . To find out what’s under the hood, here’s her full review.
Huawei GT 2 Pro technical sheet
The watch for this test was provided to us by Huawei.
A design all in roundness and sobriety
The first thing that strikes you about this Huawei GT 2 Pro is its design. It must be said that the Chinese manufacturer has decided to change its approach considerably on its latest connected watch compared to the classic GT 2.
While the previous model was halfway between a chronograph watch and a sports watch, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro plays more the card of sobriety. This can be seen in particular in the integration of the screen. The glass protection was slightly raised on the 2019 model, while that of the GT 2 Pro blends in much more with the rest of the case. The same goes for the buttons on the right side, much more discreet and flat than on the GT 2.
On the whole, we are dealing here with a connected watch that rather plays the card of discretion. The lines of the watch are all round, without any element that clearly breaks this fluid aspect. Even the claws responsible for attaching the bracelet have melted into the case. Fortunately, they are still there and it is still possible to change the strap using a standard 22 mm model, at a jeweler or a watchmaker, but no space is visible between the two claws.
This quest for sobriety is also found in the bezel that surrounds the screen, behind the glass surface. It is still marked, but no numbers, only single strokes every five minutes.
The watch is also relatively thin at 11.4 mm thick. Especially, given its rather large diameter of 46.7mm, it manages to remain quite inconspicuous on the wrist, even on my arm, even though I have rather thin wrists. Its weight of 52 grams is also easily forgotten and we will appreciate the choice of the coating in frosted titanium and sapphire crystal for strength, scratch resistance and lightness.
As for the strap, two versions are available: the black version watch is offered with a black silicone strap, while the gray version is supplied with a brown leather strap.
Note also that two buttons, with a rather pleasant click, are available on the right side of the case and that the watch has a microphone and a speaker, used in particular for voice calls or to announce your progress. during workouts.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is also 5 ATM certified and will therefore be waterproof provided you do not dive with it. It will resist a shower, rain, even a bathtub or swimming on the surface.
A bright, well-defined screen
On the screen side, Huawei hasn’t changed its formula for three generations. The Watch GT 2 Pro therefore includes a panel with characteristics similar to those of the Watch GT 2 launched in 2019, but also to those of the Watch GT of 2018.
The connected watch of the Chinese manufacturer is thus equipped with a round screen with a diameter of 1.39 inches. This is capable of displaying a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. What offer a density of 326 pixels per inch. This is fine display density for a smartwatch.
Still concerning the characteristics of the screen, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro has an Oled technology display. This ensures excellent contrast and completely black blacks – not greyish – even in total darkness.
On the brightness side, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro benefits from a sensor that automatically adjusts the screen according to the ambient lighting conditions. However, it is still possible to set manual brightness if desired, with five levels available. However, the automatic brightness is more than enough to ensure good readability of the screen outdoors, even with a large blue sky and strong sunshine. In complete darkness, however, the Huawei Watch GT 2’s screen can be a bit dazzling.
However, it is possible to activate a “do not disturb” mode so that the screen does not turn on in the middle of the night in front of the eyes just because you folded your arm. The “do not disturb” mode can also be programmed in the parameters for activation all day or at fixed times. Useful, for example, to activate it automatically at 11 p.m. and have it automatically switch back to classic mode at 7 a.m.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro also benefits from a always on mode for the display. This allows you, if you wish, to display a lighter version of a dial with the hands and hours, even when you are not looking at the watch.
As for the dials, Huawei’s watch includes seven by default, some of which can be personalized to indicate the weather, a second time dial, the battery level or the heart rate. However, the Huawei Health app will allow you to enjoy more watch faces by downloading them. At the time of writing, 468 different watch faces are offered – free of charge – on the Huawei app.
Finally some (rare) third-party applications for Huawei watches
Unsurprisingly, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro includes the same LiteOS software as the brand’s previous watches – and those of Honor. The watch is also equipped with 4 GB of storage and a Kirin A1 chip mainly used for the Bluetooth connection.
To connect the Watch GT 2 Pro to a smartphone, you will need to use the Huawei Health application available on Android and on the App Store.
Once the watch is connected to the smartphone, navigation is particularly easy. With a swipe of your finger, you will be able to access the watch’s quick settings. A swipe up will open the list of the last notifications received – without the possibility of interacting with them – and by swiping to the left or the right we will have access to certain data: heart rate, stress, weather, music and activity counter.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro // Source: Frandroid
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro // Source: Frandroid
On the right side, two buttons will also allow you to interact with the watch. The top one provides access to the list of installed applications while the bottom one is a shortcut that takes you directly to the training application. As long as we are talking about the applications offered on the watch, they are – as often with Huawei – designed above all for health and physical activity.
There is indeed a call log, a list of contacts, music control, notifications, weather forecast, alarm or a flashlight, but most of the programs offered are measurement applications. heart rate, stress, workout tracker, stopwatch, compass or sleep tracker. Features that we will discuss a little later in this test.
In addition, the latest version of Lite OS also allows installation of third-party applications on the Watch GT 2 Pro. A novelty more than welcome since Huawei’s watches have until now been confined to preinstalled programs only. However, only a handful of apps are offered so far, fifteen to be precise. Among these, there are only a few big names except the manager of todo list TickTick.
As we saw earlier, the Huawei Health smartphone application will allow more interaction with the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro. In addition to health data, it will allow you to set an alarm, choose the temperature unit for the weather, send music from the smartphone to the watch or choose your favorite contacts.
It is also from this application that we can download applications or dials, but also that we can manage the notifications received by the watch. We can in fact individually configure each application installed on the smartphone if we want it to be able to send messages to vibrate the wrist. However, as we have seen, impossible to interact with them, it will only be possible to consult them.
The Huawei GT 2 Pro will also allow you to receive or make voice calls. The sound offered is then of good quality with the possibility of adjusting the output volume of the speakers. Huawei’s Watch also offers surprisingly good sound quality for the other person you are talking to, provided you are in a quiet environment.
In a noisier environment, the watch will succeed in emphasizing your voice if you speak, with very effective noise reduction. On the other hand, if it is the other person’s turn to speak, they will hear external noises well in a choppy manner, a feeling that may be unpleasant on their side.
Efficient activity tracking, but GPS in the clouds
The connected watch from Huawei is, like all of the brand’s models, designed primarily for monitoring health and physical activity. As such, it embeds many sensors. Besides the accelerometer and gyroscope, used to measure the number of steps, the Watch GT 2 Pro also benefits from an optical heart rate sensor, also used for measuring blood oxygen saturation (SpO2).
The watch also benefits from a GPS chip, which is used during outdoor training. To launch these workouts precisely, Huawei has integrated a dedicated button on the right side: the bottom one. As mentioned earlier, pressing the button will automatically launch the training application. From then on, you just have to choose the type of activity.
There are 19 basic activities on offer, ranging from outdoor walking to snowboarding, including trial racing, golf or indoor swimming. Once the activity has started, the watch will then measure the number of steps, heart rate or GPS track and deduce the number of calories expended.
This information can be found directly on the Huawei Health smartphone application. A good way to verify precisely the accuracy of the measurements and as much to say that on the side of the GPS, it is not the joy. It can take a long time for the watch to be geolocated – over a minute during my tests. Thereafter, the follow-up did not correspond to my real route.
The watch believed I had zigzagged through multiple city blocks as my path was straight ahead. Admittedly, using it in Paris with tall buildings around does not help the accuracy of the GPS, but even in an open area – Place de la République – the watch struggled to locate me.
The Huawei GT 2 Pro is also capable of continuous heart rate measurement and offers SpO2 measurement at regular intervals. However, there is no electrocardiogram as is the case with some competing watches such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 .
Overall, we have here a connected watch in line with previous Huawei watches. It also incorporates stress level monitoring and detailed sleep monitoring. Huawei, however, still has no integrated menstrual cycle tracking as it does with some manufacturers.
The data collected can be easily found on the rather well-designed Huawei Health app. The app’s home page gives you an overview of key metrics, whether it’s step count, heart rate, exercise history, sleep, or stress level. The data collected may also be shared with Google Fit, but this is the only compatible third-party service.
Very good battery life for one week
According to Huawei, the Watch GT 2 Pro can run for 14 consecutive days on a single charge with “normal” use. In my case, I was able to use the watch for six full days before it ran out of battery.
Over those six days, I have to say that I had a rather demanding use for the battery, with the screen always on on all the time – except at night in do not disturb mode. Also, I used the watch’s GPS for a little over half an hour. Overall, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro therefore offers quite decent battery life for a connected watch, clearly at the top of the basket.
One of the main strengths of the Huawei GT 2 Pro is its charging mode. This is not a magnetic recharge as it was the case until now, but an induction recharge. The watch is indeed compatible with the reverse wireless charging that we will find on smartphones and can be charged on any charging base compatible with the Qi protocol. Huawei, however, offers a cable and a small charging base for its watch, without however offering a mains charger.
In my case, placing the watch on the included charger, it took less than two hours for the Watch GT 2 Pro to recover all of its battery. Within an hour, however, the watch was only 60% charged.
Huawei GT 2 Pro Network and Communication
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro connects to the smartphone using Bluetooth 5.1. However, it is not equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, nor a 4G e-SIM. She will therefore only be able to receive information if she is near a smartphone.
However, while Huawei’s watch does not take advantage of a 4G chip, it still has a microphone and speaker for making voice calls, then functioning as a Bluetooth headset or earphones.
Note also that the Watch GT 2 Pro does not have an NFC chip and therefore cannot be used for contactless payment. It does take advantage of a built-in GPS chip, however, although the time to geolocation can be slow and the tracking can sometimes be inaccurate.
Huawei GT 2 Pro price and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro has been available since October 2020. It is priced at 240 euros with two versions available: a black model with a silicone strap and a gray model with a leather strap.