|The affordable fitness smartwatch to beat?|
If true, that is insane! Fortunately, Huawei made the said wearable official in the Philippines for PHP 12,990.
Let’s check it out.
|Heart rate sensor and charging pins below|
The body of the watch comes with a sturdy-looking plastic back, stainless steel shell, ceramic bezels, and a DLC coating, PVD coating, and 5 ATM water resistance.
DLC means Diamond-like carbon which makes its screen resistant to scratches and cracks from light accidental drops. PVD coating is avoid fingerprint smudges. 5 ATM water resistance offers up to 50 meters of water resistance.
Sturdy body, clever strap design!
Huawei used a two-tone strap on the Watch GT that I have. Huawei did not mention if it uses genuine leather, but it feels and smells like a real leather. Underneath, the brown leather strap is cleverly attached to a flexible rubber strap to add durability.
As we all know, a leather band is more susceptible to discoloration and deterioration from moisture, sweat and direct sunlight than metal/rubber bands. That’s why it is great that they added a rubber strap below the leather material instead of just using pure leather.
We are surprised that it is truly not prone to scratches. I personally dropped the watch several times (accidentally) and it still looks as good as new.
|Power and function button|
Right off the bat, Huawei Watch GT is one of the most premium looking smartwatches in the market today. It even looks more premium than my PHP 28,490 .
The watch measures at 46.5 x 46.5 mm. The screen 1.39-inch big. It doesn’t look as big as with 48 x 48 mm size, but this smartwatch is still considered as quite big.
If you have small wrists, the watch might not fit your style. But if you are regular-sized wrists, this watch will look cool on you.
The best part of its design for me is its thickness, it is slimmer than most smartwatches we tested. It only has 10.6 mm of thickness despite the 420mAh battery with 2 weeks battery life. In comparison, and are 13 and 12.6 mm thick, respectively. Galaxy Watch has 270mAh battery with 4 days battery life. Amazfit Verge has 390mAh battery with up to 8 days battery life.
Overall, it is not that hefty at 46 grams without the strap. The leather strap could provide good comfort while in your wrist as well.
1. Again, the Watch GT is easily one of the best looking fitness-centric smartwatches out there. The 1.39-inch AMOLED screen with 454 x 454 resolution at 326 ppi is also one of the brightest around. The screen comes with punchy colors even under direct sunlight.
2. Under the hood, it runs with a Cortex-M4 processor, 16MB RAM, 128MB storage, and 420mAh battery.
The battery life is insane! I first used the watch last March 12 and now (March 26) I still have 26 percent of battery left. It is simply better than most smartwatches that we tested in the past. Only the Mi Band 3 with way smaller black and white screen can compete with it.
3. The experience is smooth so far. It uses the new LiteOS, a proprietary OS of Huawei for fitness watches. It comes with easy swipe gestures and a pretty neat look skin. It is easy to understand and use.
Swipe down to view shortcut keys, swipe up to view messages, swipe left or right to view fitness tracker, weather, and bpm. You can also choose and select the notifications you want to show in the health app found on your phone.
Other features and settings are hidden when you press the power key and function button.
Since it isn’t on Android Wear, there are no 3rd party apps. We also noticed that you cannot use the watch to control the music.
It has an NFC chip, though without the tap-to-pay options.
4. It is a fitness feature-rich watch. It comes with a lot of fitness tracking options, multi-sports mode, sleep tracking, heart rate tracking, real-time positioning (GPS), and more.
Huawei Watch GT Specs
As of the moment
For its purpose, the Huawei Watch GT is a very promising wearable. The design is great, it is rich in fitness-focused features, and the battery life is insane so far. This is the only big smartwatch in the local market with true 2 weeks of battery performance.
The asking price of PHP 12,990 is not bad as well. It is more affordable than other fitness smartwatches from Garmin and Fitbit.
It could be a great watch for those who needs a fitness band with the stylish design and strong battery performance.
Stay tuned in our full review!