The Apple Watch continues to dominate the rather small smart wearable market but that hasn’t stopped dozens of companies from putting out their own. Of those, however, few have wandered away from Google’s Wear OS platform. Aside from Samsung, Huawei is the only other major consumer electronics manufacturer that has struck out on its own with some amount of success. Just last month Huawei reported sales success in its smartwatch range, shipping more than 2.6m devices.
Most of that has been due to the Huawei Watch GT’s battery life, a trait that the newly launched Huawei Watch GT 2e continues.
As the name might suggest, the Huawei Watch GT 2e is a rather small incremental update to the company’s Watch GT 2. The latter was launched in the second half of 2019 so there might not have been much time to make significant changes in time for the Huawei P40. Fortunately, it still has the same features that made the older smartwatch a hit.
Inside, the Watch GT 2e smartwatch is powered by Huawei’s first self-developed wearable chipset, the Kirin A1. The chip provides for low-power computing and long-lasting battery life for workout tracking, heart rate detection, sleep monitoring and other features.
Similar to its bigger sibling, the Watch GT 2e smartwatch supports smart tracking for more than 100 sports, including 15 professional sport modes, eight of which are outdoor sports (running, walking, climbing, hiking, cross-country running, cycling, open water swimming and triathlon), while the other seven are indoor sports (walking, running, cycling, swimming in a pool, free training, elliptical machine and rowing machine).
While the battery life is advertised to last for 14 days. That’s thanks to a combination of a large 455 mAh battery, an energy-saving HiSilicon Hi1132 chip, and Huawei’s custom smartwatch OS.
In terms of other specs, it still has a large 1.39-inch 454×454 screen in an equally large 46mm body. There’s 4 GB of storage inside for your songs which you can play on paired headsets via Bluetooth 5.1. It seems to have just the basics and a bit more when it comes to tracking, including GPS, step, sleep, heart rhythm and blood oxygen levels. The latter can help users improve their health by learning more about their SpO2 status.
The Huawei GT 2e will set you back R3 499.
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