There are some surprises at the Huawei Keynote. We know about the HUAWEI Mate20 Series. We did not anticipate a bigger screen like the Mate20 X. And there are more. They are the HUAWEI WATCH GT and the HUAWEI Band 3 Pro.
HUAWEI WATCH GT
This is not Huawei’s first smartwatch. However, it is the first time they use the LiteOS on a watch (from my understanding).
The selling point about this WATCH GT is the battery life. It is touted to be able to last 2 weeks presuming that you exercise 90 mins per week with Heart Rate monitor turned on.
And check this out. It can last 30 days if it is only used to receive messages and calls. This, if true in the real world situation, is awesome.
Apart from that, it has a slew of sensors to determine heart-rate and etc.
- Accelerometer sensor
- Gyroscope sensor
- Magnetometer sensor
- Optical heart rate sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- Barometer sensor
And its GPS supports 3 Satellite Positioning Systems (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO).
The WATCH GT comes in two variants – Sport and Classic. Below is the classic look.
One of the more interesting hardware highlights is that it is thinner than competitors’ smartwatch.
Here is how it looks like. I think it is really thin for a smartwatch.
And two more features that I like are the TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitor and the TruSleep 2.0.
For TruSeen 3.0, it measures your heart rate every secs. Here is a comparison with Apple Watch S4.
And TruSleep 2.0 not only records your sleeping time, but it also records the kinds of sleep, types of sleep problem and etc.
Here is the charging cradle of the WATCH GT.
Here is a comparison web chart of the HUAWEI WATCH GT with Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Apple Watch S4.
I made a short video on the First Look of the HUAWEI WATCH GT. Check it out.
HUAWEI Band 3 Pro
If you don’t need all the features of the Watch GT, check out the HUAWEI Band 3 Pro.
It has a very nice OLED display.
It is quite slim.
Here is the wrist strap.
On the back, it has the heart rate sensor.
Pricing and Availability
There is no pricing of the HUAWEI WATCH GT for the Singapore market yet. However, I understand that the Watch GT will be available in Singapore from late November. You can use this pricing as a reference.
- HUAWEI WATCH GT (Sport): Approx. S$316
- HUAWEI WATCH GT (Classic): Approx. S$396
HUAWEI Band 3 Pro: Approx. S$158
Do note that there was no mention of HUAWEI Band 3 Pro availability in Singapore. I will check with Huawei PR for more information.
When the WATCH GT arrives in Singapore, it signals the expansion of Huawei accessories into the Singapore market. This is great news for the consumers as there are more choices out there.
Check out the Press Release for more information.
Huawei Launches HUAWEI WATCH GT and HUAWEI Band 3 Pro
Wearables offer new tracking and coaching features
LONDON, United Kingdom—October 16, 2018—Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced two new wearables: HUAWEI WATCH GT and HUAWEI Band 3 Pro. Launched alongside the flagship HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, the new wearables offer novel and sophisticated ways for consumers to track their activities and receive fitness coaching that is based on scientific research.
Featuring the classic wristwatch design, ultra-high battery life, low power consumption, sophisticated activity tracking and fitness coaching features, the HUAWEI WATCH GT is one of the most hotly anticipated wearables of the year. The new HUAWEI watch bears the GT name to call attention to its high performance and reliability—just as grand tourers, or high performance automobiles, are rusted for their prowess.
Made for Urban Explorers
Spurred by technical advancements and improving living standards, people are becoming keener to explore the world around them. As an extension of smartphones, wearables complement the feature sets of today’s handsets to help consumers get more out of their devices. Designed for today’s urban explorers, the HUAWEI WATCH GT addresses one of the most common pain points of wearables: battery life.
The HUAWEI WATCH GT uses an innovative smart power-saving algorithm that enables it to dynamically switch between performance and efficiency modes, depending on user activity, for maximum battery life. This allows the smart watch to stay powered for up to two weeks for frequent use mode 1. Furthermore, the dual-core architecture of the HUAWEI WATCH GT lets the wearable user enjoy the best of both worlds—it is simultaneously a powerful and highly efficient smart watch.
Besides improved performance and new features, the HUAWEI WATCH GT also sports a unique design. The 1.39-inch 454×254 AMOLED high resolution display presents information cleanly on the wrist. The smart watch body incorporates a dual-crown design with stainless steel and ceramic bezels, and is treated with a DLC diamond carbon coating to provide users with durability that will last for decades. The 10.6mm case body is compatible with two band options—a dual-color silicone band and an elegant leather-rubber band—giving users more choices to customize their HUAWEI WATCH GT for any occasion.
Powerful New Features
In addition to the ultra-long battery life, the HUAWEI WATCH GT features industry-leading positioning capabilities. The smart watch can simultaneously tap into GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO, three of the major satellite positioning systems, for precise positioning. A tracking algorithm then optimizes the tracking data to achieve one-to-one positioning even in areas with numerous disparate signals.
The HUAWEI WATCH GT also addresses the needs of active users. Based on its strength in positioning, HUAWEI WATCH GT also supports all-round sports activity tracking. Working with professional sports organizations, Huawei enables tracking for a range of sports, including indoor exercises, outdoor running, mountain climbing, cycling and open water swimming. The watch also supports fitness coaching features. By analyzing the heart rate of users with scientific methods, this feature lets users exercise more safely and healthily than ever before.
The TruSeen™ 3.0 heart rate monitoring technology tracks the user’s active and resting heart rate. Combining innovative PPG optical and hardware design and AI algorithms, the solution can monitor the heart rate of users in real time with high precision. In Sport mode, the HUAWEI WATCH GT can be set up to notify users to adjust the intensity of their workout based on a pre-set target heart rate interval. In Rest mode, the smart watch automatically monitors and records the resting heart rate of users. The HUAWEI WATCH GT uses invisible lights to monitor the user’s heart rate during sleep, which is more intimate than other traditional methods.
HUAWEI Band 3 Pro: A Sports Wristband with Full Touch Screen
While smart wristbands on the market today often feature simple health monitoring functions, the lack of standardization made a lot of the data unsuitable for medical use. In view of that, Huawei launches HUAWEI Band 3 Pro, a new smart wristband supporting a range of precise and professional monitoring capabilities, including improved heart rate and sleep monitoring.
With HUAWEI TruSeen™3.0, HUAWEI Band 3 Pro accurately monitors the heart rate of a user throughout the day. Huawei also pioneered the use of IR (infrared) sensors to accurately track the user heart rate without using the obtrusive lights of conventional trackers.
Leveraging the same technology powering TruSeen™ 3.0, HUAWEI Band 3 Pro can also track sleep patterns with HUAWEI TruSleep™2.0. Moreover, the solution uses big data analysis to provide personalized services and suggestions to improve sleep quality. All of the aforementioned technologies were developed by Huawei in collaboration with authoritative organizations around the world, ensuring that the wearables are highly functional and professional.
The HUAWEI Band 3 Pro features a 0.95-inch HD AMOLED color touch screen that offers an expansive space to display data. The controls are easy and intuitive—users can navigate the various options on the screen by swiping vertically or horizontally, or by tapping the screen to return to Home.
The HUAWEI WATCH GT series will be available in Singapore late-November, pricing to be confirmed.
For more information, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/sg/
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About Huawei Consumer BG
Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population. Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
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1 According to Huawei’s internal tests, subject to the actual conditions. The “frequent mode” is defined as “the user wears the watch all day round with heart rate function activated, scientific sleeping function activated at night, exercise for 90 minutes a week (GPS open), message notification function activated, screen brightening for 200 times a day”