At the Paris event, Huawei not only presented the new P30 and P30 Pro but also released two new smartwatches. These are Active and Elegant variants of the Huawei Watch GT Active official, a smartwatch that does not run on Wear OS.
Huawei Watch GT Active official and Elegant
The Huawei Watch GT Active and Elegant are new versions of the Watch GT, a smartwatch that was already released by the Chinese company last year. As the name suggests, the GT Active is a sporty version, while the Elegant looks more like a traditional watch.
The latter only comes in a 42-millimeter version and is therefore slightly smaller than the GT Active (46 millimeters). That is why the screen of the Elegant is also somewhat more compact (1.2 inch) and the resolution is lower (390 by 390 pixels).
The Watch GT Active has a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 454 by 454 pixels. A clear plus of the Watch GT Active is the battery life: according to Huawei, the watch will last two weeks on a full charge. The GT Elegant has less to offer in this area and will ‘only’ last a week.
Huawei assumes that you regularly use sports and the watch here as well. If you do not do this and wear and use the smartwatches only as a watch to check the time, the battery life can run up to a month.
Nice, but a little slow
After the presentation, we were able to play with the Huawei Watch GT Active and GT Elegant for a short while, and it was noticeable that the smartwatches did not again run on Wear OS, the operating system that Google made for smartwatches. The devices run on Huawei’s own software and that was also the case with the original Watch GT.
This makes Huawei itself in control and can build in many functions, and you can see that. There are a huge number of options for athletes and that is a solution.
New to the Watch GT Active and Elegant is the Triathlon mode, which includes three workouts: open water swimming, cycling and running. Conveniently, the smartwatches monitor you throughout the entire triathlon, so that you get a complete overview of your performance afterward.
What is striking is that the triathlon mode is not exclusive to the Active and Elegant: Huawei brings the function later also via a software update to the Watch GT Classic and Sport.
It was also noticeable that new watches do not feel incredibly smooth. When scrolling through the apps, pressing the buttons and navigating through the interface and settings, a lot of delays was noticeable. It is handy that the two buttons on the right have two clear functions: one to open the app overview and the other to start workouts.
The Huawei Watch GT Active will cost 249 euros, while you pay 229 euros for the GT Elegant. It is still unknown when the smartwatches are in United States stores.