When Huawei first stepped away from Google’s Wear OS and went off and did its own thing with the Watch GT, there were a few points that stood out. Huawei promised seemingly impossible battery life from a watch with a full-colour OLED screen. But also the software was remarkably limited – at least when compared to ‘proper’ smartwatches.
Now we’re a few generations into the Huawei Watch lifecycle, what’s become clear is that Huawei wants to make fitness tracking a key feature – which is something that Wear OS watches lack.
That focus has already led to very affordable solution with 100+ different tracking options for activities – and now Huawei is building upon that platform with the Watch GT 2 Pro: a watch with very similar performance, but made from much more luxurious materials.
Design and build
- Dimensions: 46.7 x 46.7 x 11.4mm / Weight: 52g
- Sapphire crystal glass over the display
- Finishes: Nebula Grey / Night Black
- Leather strap with ‘Classic’ model
- Titanium 46mm case
There are two models of GT 2 Pro: Classic and Sport. The former is the one you’ll see in these review photos. It’s the one that ships with a lovely and soft leather band that’s relatively flexible. It also ships with a spare rubber strap, for when you want to go running/go to the gym. The Sport model only ships with an elastomer band.
The big change in design here is down to the materials. Its case is made from titanium, a lightweight and robust metal, with the screen capped off with a sapphire crystal lens, and the underside built from ceramic.
It’s hardwearing and lightweight but features quite a simplistic, minimal design. We love the look of it – especially the way the reflective sapphire crystal glass covering the black bezel and index contrasts nicely with the natural, duller grey of titanium.
That glass on the top is completely flat too, which aids that minimalist appearance but still features an angled chamfer around the edges. What we really appreciate is the way the leather strap joins the case. Unlike previous models, the curvature of the metal fixing points curves to create an almost uninterrupted line between the leather strap and the case.
It doesn’t just look purely functional anymore. Yet you can still easily remove the strap to replace it with another using the quick-release catches. Although, you’ll need one with the right tapering to make it look as seamless as the one that ships with the watch.
The underside is almost as attractive as the top, which seems to be a trend among smartwatch makers these days. The ceramic, shiny base curves upwards gently into the heart-rate sensing area, which features upgraded hardware that we’ll detail more later in this review.
Display and performance
- 1.39-inch round AMOLED panel, 454 x 454 resolution
- 14-day battery life, 30hrs of GPS sports tracking
- Wireless charging
- 4GB storage
When it comes to display and hardware, a lot is the same as it was before. Well, mostly. The Pro has a similar round and bright OLED panel on the front which – compared to many other smartwatches – has a high-resolution and therefore pixel density. That means finer details visible in watch faces, but also that colours are vibrant and easy to see when you’re outside.
t activates automatically when you raise your wrist, or you can enable one of the handful of ‘standby’ screens – which are essentially always-on watch faces that update every minute, rather than showing second-by-second animations. When activated it does cut into the epic battery life on offer though, so that’s worth considering.
Being quite a large display it’s great for reading data when you’re out running or working out too. That’s one element we’ve always liked about Huawei’s smartwatch platform: you get lots of data that’s easy to read and doesn’t ever feel like the display is getting too cluttered.
As far as battery life goes, the GT 2 Pro is as good as you’ll get from a watch with a proper colour screen on it. Huawei claims you can get up to two weeks – and we weren’t far off that in our daily use. Depending on how many activities we tracked and how long those sessions were, the watch could go between 10-14 days between charges.
Part of that is enabled by the low refresh-rate of the screen and also the fact that it’s off most of the time by default. You do cut into that time if you enable features like the always-on display, or you use it a lot for fitness tracking with GPS, but still it’s got far better battery life than anything Wear OS, the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch devices.