Remember that shredded torso you undoubtedly rocked before a certain global pandemic swept through town and ruined everything? Huawei does, so it’s launched a new range of fitness-focused smartwatches to help you reclaim your pre-Covid glory. With the Watch GT 3 and Watch GT Runner, Huawei has made a number of key upgrades to its smartwatch offering that are designed to help you smash your fitness goals for 2022.
Powered by HarmonyOS 2.1 to enable compatibility with both Android and iOS devices, the new smartwatches are designed to minimise weight while maximising battery life, ensuring they spend more time on your wrist and less time on the charger. Huawei claims its 46mm GT Runner and GT 3 – weighing in at 38.5g and 35g respectively – both offer up to two weeks’ battery life, while the 35g 42mm GT 3’s battery will keep going for up to seven days.
In addition, the introduction of TruSeen 5.0+ heart rate monitoring technology across the range reduces external interference with the devices’ AI algorithm, offering more accurate heart rate monitoring, even during strenuous exercise.
Dickson Yang, managing director of Huawei Consumer Business in Australia, believes this pairing of advanced monitoring technology and extended battery life will be a winning combination for the brand: “Wearable fanatics will appreciate the updated Huawei TruSeen 5.0+ heart rate monitoring giving accurate, real-time heart rate monitoring and the continued importance placed on the length of battery life giving users up to two weeks usage on the Huawei Watch GT 3 46mm and seven days on the Huawei Watch GT 3 42mm.”
With that much battery you’re going to need something to do with your new smartwatch. Fortunately, these devices offer over 100 workout modes, covering everything from running, walking and swimming to mountain climbing, golfing and snowboarding. And no matter which of these workouts is your cup of tea, features like skin temperature detection, sleep and stress monitoring, and an SP02 monitor, which tracks the amount of oxygen in your blood, are designed to make for more accurate user readings.
If that’s not enough, Huawei claims its GT Runner model is built with even more serious athletes in mind, offering an additional high-strength polymer fibre body and ceramic ultra-light bezels, with a breathable, sweat-resistant fit. This includes cutouts within the two watch lugs, which take inspiration from sports car intake grills, allowing air to travel across your wrist while you run. And to top all this off, Huawei has also fitted antennas in the GT Runner’s lugs for improved GPS performance.
If a workout-centric smartwatch sounds like the key to unlocking your fitness goals, Huawei’s new range might be tempting, particularly for iOS users tiring of the Apple Watch’s square form factor and underwhelming battery life. The Huawei Watch GT 3 starts at AUD$399 for the 42mm model and AUD$449 for the 46mm model, while the 46mm Watch GT Runner starts at AUD$499.