For a couple of years, Huawei has been releasing smartwatches on its own Lite OS. It focuses not on the maximum of additional functions, but on the sports component and long battery life. Although during its existence the OS has developed significantly in terms of functionality and is already able to do much more, it still does not support third-party applications. There are several actual models in the assortment: Huawei Watch GT2 Classic 42 mm, Huawei Watch GT 2 and more recently, the Huawei Watch GT 2e, which are aimed at a youth audience and are somewhat cheaper than the older Huawei Watch GT 2, went on sale. Let’s see what the new Watch GT 2e can do and how they differ from the older version.
- What is interesting about Huawei Watch GT 2e?
- What is in the box?
- What does the Huawei Watch GT 2e look like?
- What about the screen and hardware stuffing?
- What about the interface, features, and fitness capabilities?
- Long run on battery power?
- In the dry residue
Huawei Watch GT 2e differs from the older model in a more sporty design and a slightly different positioning. But the most important difference is the lack of the ability to make calls: the watch physically lost its microphone and speaker. Otherwise, everything is familiar: a round touch AMOLED display 1.39 inches, 454 points in diameter, a pixel density of 326 ppi and a couple of mechanical buttons for control. The case is made of stainless steel, the back cover is plastic. The watch is waterproof, withstands 5 ATM. Huawei Watch GT 2e can count the number of steps taken, the route, the time of activity per day, remind you that it is time to get up and stretch, track various types of workouts (including 85 additional ones), count calories, measure your heart rate, track sleep, and so on. Of the important innovations in monitoring the state of the body is the pulse oximeter function, measurement of blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). Of the additional functions there is a barometer, a compass, receiving notifications from a smartphone, the ability to remotely control the smartphone’s camera and built-in memory for using the watch as a music player. Hours work on Lite OS, and SoC Kirin A1, which was developed for wearable electronics, is responsible for performance. They promise that the watch can work from one charge up to 2 weeks.
What is in the box?
Huawei Watch GT 2e is packaged in a medium-sized black cardboard box with a picture of a watch and basic technical information. Inside – the gadget itself, charger, USB-A cable – USB-C cable and documentation.
What does the Huawei Watch GT 2e look like?
At first glance, the Huawei Watch GT 2e is not much different from the older GT2. In general, the general concept is really similar, but a number of tangible differences are present. The case is still round and made of stainless steel. Externally, the Huawei Watch GT 2e is as similar to a classic watch as possible. The entire front panel is covered with a protective glass. From unusual solutions – the company removed the ceramic bezel. Now the presence of a bezel is only cosmetic: visually it is, with the usual serifs. But it is under a common protective glass and is tactilely indicated only by a minimum bulge around the perimeter. It looks good, but breaking such a design is (theoretically) easier.
The side buttons also changed a bit: they were made rectangular (and not round, as in the Huawei Watch GT 2), which does not affect convenience, but visually gives the watch a more sporty look.
The bottom panel is made of plastic. It housed contacts for charging the watch, as well as a set of LEDs and photocells for measuring heart rate and other indicators.
The case can be black or silver, while there are three options for straps. Black is more “classic” of fluororubber, and two polyurethane with large ventilation holes along the entire length. There are mint black and red black options. Red-black goes well with the black watch case and looks interesting.
The design of the complete straps is not quite ordinary: they smoothly pass into the watch case, which adds a visually defined streamline and harmony. Despite this, they are interchangeable: a standard 22 mm spring mount is used. But such an aesthetic smooth transition of the strap into the case will turn out only with the straps that are released specifically for the Huawei Watch GT 2e. The clasp is standard, as on a classic watch. The strap itself is very convenient and does not cause any discomfort with prolonged use.
The Huawei Watch GT 2e looks and assembled perfectly. The case is waterproof and can withstand 5 ATM pressures according to ISO 22810: 2010 . But this is not equivalent to a depth of 50 meters: it all depends on the specific situation. For example, when jumping into water at the time of immersion, the pressure may briefly exceed the above 5 ATM. Simply put, you can take a shower and swim in them. Moreover, there are modes of swimming in the pool or open water. But jumping into the water from a height, doing water skiing or diving is not worth it.
What about the screen and hardware stuffing?
Huawei Watch GT 2e is equipped with a round AMOLED-display with a diagonal (or rather diameter) of 1.39 inches with a resolution of 454×4454, the pixel density is 326 PPI. This is enough to make the picture look clear, without any hint of graininess or “friability” of fonts. The screen is similar to the older version of Watch GT 2. There are no complaints about the quality of the picture and the brightness margin: even on the street in sunny weather, all information remains readable. A light sensor for automatic adjustment is present. The display sensor is responsive, there are no problems with the reaction. My first acquaintance with the “smart” watches of Huawei was even with the release of the first Huawei Watch GT. Since then, the OS has decent functionality. Including the very missing (for me, anyway) Always On Display function. In current models, it is, although it is implemented not quite familiar: it is called a “screen saver” and does not allow you to simply display the selected dial (it’s also a watch face), but simply has several predefined options.
Huawei Watch GT 2e is equipped with a full range of necessary sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, optical heart rate monitor, light sensor, barometer and GPS (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo global positioning systems are supported). Bluetooth 5.1 LE is used to connect to the smartphone, there are no Wi-Fi and NFC modules, so there is no offline connection to the network and contactless payment. Huawei Watch GT 2e runs on the aforementioned proprietary Lite OS. It is quite limited in functionality and does not support the installation of additional, including third-party applications. But it is really “light”, energy efficient and does not require productive iron. The Kirin A1 chip, which was developed specifically for wearable electronics, is responsible for the work. There is no information on the official website, but judging by the information on the network, RAM as much as 32 MB. The amount of internal memory is known: 4 GB, of which just over 2 are reserved for custom music. During the use of the watch, there was only one claim: the interface does not immediately “come to life” when the display is activated. There is a slight but noticeable delay. For example, scrolling to the desired widget immediately after activating the screen does not work. The first fractions of a second, the interface simply will not react in any way. Further, the interface becomes responsive and fast.
What about the interface, features and fitness capabilities?
Lite OS looks nice and neat. There are already plenty of available dials to suit every taste, with a different set of displayed information. But, for the most part, they cannot be customized and they do not have active elements. For example, in the Samsung Galaxy Watch, if the weather is displayed on the dial, touching it could go to the application with a full forecast. In Lite OS this is not. Not critical, but it would not be superfluous.
The main set of functions and widgets of the Huawei Watch GT 2e is standard: steps taken, distance, time, calories burned, sleep time, heart rate, stress level, current weather display, player control (at the same time, you can select both music on the watch and on the smartphone ), display notifications and calls. The latter cannot be accepted, only rejected for the reasons already mentioned above: the microphone and speaker in this model were removed. Notifications come in a rather limited form: only text, no images or response templates.
The order of widgets can be changed, unnecessary to remove. Switching between them occurs in the usual way: horizontal movements on the screen. Movement from bottom to top opens a list of notifications. And from top to bottom – a curtain that displays the battery charge, date, status of the Bluetooth connection and five icons for quickly launching the search for a smartphone, silent mode, alarm clock, screen activity and transition to settings. The set of settings is almost standard: display brightness, auto brightness, connection, sleep and silent modes, auto-detection of workouts, reboot, reset Huawei Watch GT 2e and connect to another smartphone.
The top mechanical button opens a menu with all available functions. Some functions duplicate widgets, but by moving from the bottom up, you can open more detailed information. Among the additional functions there is a barometer / altimeter, stopwatch, alarm clock, flashlight, breathing exercises, advanced sports functions and a remote control for the smartphone’s camera with a countdown for 2 or 5 seconds.
The list with the main types of training is launched by the bottom button. Of the basic training programs, there are running on the street, a treadmill, walking, lifting, swimming, cycling, an exercise bike and various training programs for running. Including to different standards. But the most interesting is the additional training modes, which in Huawei Watch GT 2e were added just some incredible amount. Including yoga, Pilates, martial arts, rock climbing, skateboarding, crossfit, parkour, dancing and many more more exotic options. Only additional modes 85 pieces.
With the training itself, everything is simple and clear. Select the desired mode and run. In some (walking, running) GPS is included to track and record the route. In the future, it will be available in the Huawei Health app. In the training mode, the number of steps, distance, pace, speed, pulse, time, rise, SWOLF (efficiency when swimming), the indicator of maximum oxygen consumption VO2max, type of training (aerobic and anaerobic), recovery time of the body and so on are tracked.
According to personal observations, the calculation of steps and distance is quite accurate. There are no special complaints to the heart rate monitor either: the error is within 5%, which is quite normal for an optical sensor in smart watches. Sleep monitoring also works fine: sleep time is accurately determined, and daytime sleep is also recognized. It’s difficult to say by definition of the stress level: for calibration, the application offers to answer a number of questions, after which the function will start working. Subjectively, it does not work very accurately: I was almost always shown a “normal” state, although in reality this was far from the case.
Of the features of the Huawei Watch GT 2e, it is worth recalling the function of measuring blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). It shows how effectively the body is supplied with oxygen during respiration. To check the accuracy in this case, it would be possible only with a separate specialized device in hand.
For synchronization, the proprietary application Huawei Health is used. It receives all the information from the watch, allows you to study the information in a more convenient format, shows a map of exercises, a classbook, allows you to enter your current and desired weight, and so on. In addition, the application is used to update the firmware of the watch, download additional dials and music to the internal memory.
A magnetic charging “base” of a familiar shape, made in the form of a “washer” with a magnet and contacts. In this case, this is not very convenient due to the design of the strap (as seen in the photo above). It takes about 2 hours to fully charge.
In the dry residue
Watches Huawei Watch GT 2e complement the line and continue the general idea of the current current models of Huawei. The emphasis in the watch is on ease of use, battery life and the maximum number of functions related to fitness and health. The model has a complete set of capabilities necessary for such a device: it can count steps, calories, distance, record routes using the built-in GPS, track sleep phases, heart rate, and receive notifications. But to this was added the ability to measure blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), just an incredible number of sports modes for all occasions and pleasant bonuses in the form of a built-in music player and the remote control function for the smartphone’s camera. With the appearance and screen, everything is in order, and the battery life of the Watch GT 2e is really pleasantly surprising. The main claim remained the same, as with the entire lineup. There is no way to install applications, extend the functionality of the watch and reply to messages. That is, in fact, it is not entirely correct to call them “smart watches.” On the other hand, the price of Huawei Watch GT 2e is lower than that of models that can do it. Watch GT 2e rated in 5 000 UAH , which is 1000 UAH cheaper than Watch GT 2. Recall that the only difference is the ability of the older model to receive calls.
5 reasons to buy a Huawei Watch GT 2e:
- They look cool and have a case protection from dust and water;
- long battery life;
- chic AMOLED display;
- a huge number of sports functions, heart rate monitor, pulse oximeter, GPS;
- simple and intuitive interface.
2 reasons not to buy the Huawei Watch GT 2e:
- there is no support for third-party applications and the possibility of expanding functionality;
- you need a model with contactless payments, the ability to answer calls and messages.