Huawei's newest smartwatch excels at health management and battery life
While it's definitely hard to recommend an Android phone without official support for Google services and apps, no matter how great the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro might look on paper from a hardware standpoint, the Chinese company probably doesn't need the search giant's help to sell a boatload of smartwatches in the Western Hemisphere.
After all, Wear OS is not exactly the world's most popular software platform for wearable devices, and plenty of companies, including Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin, have managed to develop relatively successful proprietary smartwatch operating systems.
Of course, as its name suggests, the newly unveiled Huawei Watch GT 2e is not the first of its kind, following in the footsteps of last year's stylish Watch GT 2 and an original Watch GT lineup that was even officially released stateside. Unfortunately, there are no words yet on impending US availability for Huawei's latest smartwatch devoid of Google support, but we do have a rather exciting €199 price point for select European markets.
The Huawei Watch GT 2e comes in four attractive colorways
That means the Huawei Watch GT 2e could cost as little as 200 bucks if it ever expands to the US, which sounds pretty reasonable for a product purportedly capable of keeping the lights on for up to two weeks on a single charge. That's with "low usage", of course, although the company is also touting a 7-day endurance rating for the 455mAh battery with "typical usage", which almost sounds more impressive.
Then again, we presume Huawei's definition of typical usage doesn't include any GPS tracking time, which is likely to drastically lower that number. Because the Watch GT 2e is a fitness-oriented device first and foremost, the list of built-in sensors and health management tools is quite lengthy, allowing its wearers to monitor everything from their heart rate to daily stress levels, sleep quality, and workouts ranging from simple runs to rock climbing and parkour.
All in all, the Huawei Watch GT 2 and GT 2e are pretty similar as far as features go, but the new device only comes in one 46mm size, rocking a decidedly sportier design with a concealed crown and a bunch of different silicon strap options, including a perforated band inspired by the Apple Watch Nike collection. It's hard to argue with the value proposition of the Huawei Watch GT 2e when also considering its swim-proof build, high-res 454 x 454 pixels AMOLED display, and cross-platform Android and iOS compatibility.
Speaking of the Huawei Watch GT 2, that older model is getting a swanky new Champagne Gold case edition with your choice of Frosty White or Chestnut Red straps in a 42mm size, as well as a cycle tracking feature catered for female users, who will be able to obtain valuable menstrual and fertility information directly on their wrist with minimal effort.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Champagne Gold edition
Both these refreshed Watch GT 2 variants and the all-new Watch GT 2e are set to go on sale in April on the old continent, with pre-orders already underway across a number of major European markets including the UK. In case you're wondering, those eye-catching paint jobs on Huawei's latest smartwatch are dubbed Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green, and Icy White, and we have to admit the company has done a pretty great job of embellishing a sporty design without making it excessively garish.
To wrap up, we also have to highlight the blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring feature introduced with the Watch GT 2e for the first time on a Huawei wearable device, which essentially offers a clearer and fuller picture on a user's overall "body condition" than just a basic heart rate sensor.