+ Monday November 18th, 2019

The wearables industry moves at a different pace to smartphones. Where we see annual (and sub-annual) updates of smartphone devices, sometimes we’ve gone longer between generations of wearables. That’s starting to change though, with Qualcomm bringing new wearable chipsets to market faster and companies bringing their own software and hardware to bear. Today, it’s Huawei’s turn to launch an updated watch with two new editions of the Watch GT – Elegant and Active – coming to Australia in late August.

Way back in the early days of wearables, Huawei made a big deal of its watches being designed by actual watchmakers, and it set a trend we’re happy to see continue – the new Watch GT models actually do look like proper watches or, as the press materials say, a “classic” wristwatch design.

The two varieties of watch differ by size and battery capacity, but otherwise have generally the same software features.

The Active is the larger model with a 46mm face, while the Elegant is 36g. The difference in size affords a significant difference in battery life, with the Active said to last two weeks of typical use on a single charge and one week for the Elegant. Both watches charge from a magnetic clip (called a “thimble”) rather than any kind of wireless technology.

They’re Bluetooth-only watches that connect to your phone, transport notifications and let you interact with them. We’ve seen this before (and likely will for a while more). They perform activity tracking including workout and sleep tracking and 24/7 heart rate monitoring, and can prompt you to get up and move if you haven’t done so in a while.

The first generation of the watch was given away for free to Aussies buying Huawei phones last year, and Chris enjoyed testing it.

If you’re buying a Huawei phone at the moment, you might well be receiving one of these new watches as a free gift. They will be available for the rest of us to purchase at $399 starting in late August, with Mobicity getting them first and other retailers to follow.

We’ve got a new Watch GT Active on the Ausdroid test bench and are looking forward to seeing how it stacks up against the Fossil Sport and Galaxy Watch Active.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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Jeni Skunk
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Typo
“The Active is the larger model with a 46mm face, while the Elegant is 36g.”
Shouldn’t it be
“while the Elegant is 36mm.” ?

Tango India Mike
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Tango India Mike

$399 is a bit steep … odd price considering where Huawei is at and this is a pretty basic smart watch.

Also, apart from different colours I can’t see how they’ve improved this watch from the first version?

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