Test of the Huawei Watch GT2e watch: endurance is his favorite sport!

Less known than the Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch from Samsung, the Watch GT2 series from Huawei is very good value for money. The Chinese manufacturer is launching a sports version of its connected watch, and it has been a complete success.

Since connected watches have a chip GPS , a sensor of frequency heart and they incorporate several functions related to sport, can they replace a real heart rate monitor? Quite frankly, the answer is “yes” and the Huawei Watch GT2e can play in the yard of some Garmin, Polar or Suunto models.

We can clearly see the difference in finish between the two models.  © Futura

For 10 days, we were able to test it intensively, and its value for money is already remarkable. At 159 euros, and even 139 euros at the moment, it is already less expensive than the classic Watch GT2 version, but also less complete and versatile heart rate monitors. First, the little “e” in its name indicates that it is dedicated to sport, and to the game of 7 errors, there are some differences with its big sister. A little lighter, it is also less customizable with fewer bracelets available. Other differences: the absence of a microphone and speaker, but it is frankly not very useful when one does sport.

Wireless music during sport

On the other hand, we always have access to a host of dials to customize the color display , and they are very successful. Clearly, Huawei has made progress in this area, and the internal memory of the watch allows to add a significant number. It was one of the criticisms that we could do at the 1 st generation where you had to juggle his favorite dials. Remember that you can also store music and use wireless headphones . We even managed to make it work with Apple AirPods .

From the point of view of ergonomics, we also note that the round buttons, clearly visible, give way to flatter plastic buttons . It is a matter of taste but we prefer because it is more discreet. If the sports version is cheaper than the classic version, it is mainly for reasons of look and finish. Again, it’s a matter of taste. It is obvious that the sports version goes less well with a shirt at the office, but it is frankly minimal as a criticism. Another criticism is the lack of a more feminine version with a dial and a thinner bracelet. For more discreet models, women must be content with connected bracelets , less legible and above all less complete.

A very precise GPS chip

Next, place the grip, and as for any connected shows must go through an app on smartphones . We installed it on Android smartphones of different brands without encountering compatibility issues . The Huawei Health app is practical and readable, and pairing via Bluetooth is done in a few seconds. Then, we can make some settings like notifications  (messaging, social networks , email, SMS ), the weatheror an alarm. It’s classic with a connected watch, but it’s very intuitive. We note in passing that it has a sensor for the oxygen level in the blood , and that it offers a “ stress ” test. Sleep monitoring is also in progress, with a detailed report on the quality of the night every morning.

Left, the real-time heart rate.  On the right, the display of an email notification with the sender and the title of the message.  © Futura

Then make way for sport, and there again, nothing better than to compare it to a Polar model and its big sister, the GT2. For 10 days, we therefore used two models simultaneously to compare the accuracy of time and GPS. First observation, the GT2e is more precise than the classic version. On a nine kilometer course, there is 200 to 300 meters of difference. For occasional joggers, this is not a big deal, but for someone preparing for a semi, a marathon or a cycling event, it is problematic. Used in parallel, the Polar confirms the accuracy of the GT2e. For cardio, the values ​​are identical regardless of the model.

Record autonomy

Then, once back home, synchronization with the smartphone is automatic. We take advantage of a map of his journey, his journey times with heart rate curves. It is readable, practical, but there is a flaw: incompatibility with Strava , one of the platforms most used by athletes. If you were using a cardio or a connected watch from another brand, you will not be able to add your recorded times with the Huawei watch. Another observation, in use, we advise sportspeople to manually launch session recordings because “automatic” detection is slow, and ultimately has no great use except to avoid delving into the menus for starting a walk, a swim or a race.

Finally, last important point, and even essential for those who do several hours of sport per day, and per week, autonomy . She is remarkable! Count at least ten days without recharging it, and we also appreciated that the GPS accuracy does not suffer from the decrease in daily autonomy.

We can therefore embark on a marathon , a trail or a long bike ride without fear that it will drop. We can even do triathlon since we tested it without problem in the pool. In short, we are bordering on flawlessness for this watch, which we will therefore reserve for athletes looking for a versatile model. For those who do interval training, very precise on the track, a heart rate monitor still remains the reference.

Huawei Watch GT2e plug

  • Price: 159 euros ( 139.99 euros on the Huawei site )
  • Weight: about 60 grams
  • Dimensions: 53 x 46.8 x 10.8 mm
  • OS: LiteOS
  • Color touchscreen: Amoled 1.39 inch (454 x 454 dots)
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Sensors GPS, Accelerometer , Gyroscope , Heart Rate, Brightness , pressure of air …
  • Waterproof: Yes (up to 50 m)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Compatibility: Android 4.4 and above; iOS 9 and above
  • Autonomy: about two weeks