Huawei Watch GT4 (Pinterest/@PhonAndroid)
In the latest tech debut, Huawei has rolled out its newest wrist wearable, the Huawei Watch GT4, melding a sophisticated design with an exhaustive suite of health and fitness tracking functionalities, all housed within a robust build.
Crafted with a keen eye for the diverse requirements of both fashion-forward buyers and wellness-oriented users, this smartwatch offers a rich array of features that appeal to a wide user base.
Elegance meets endurance in the Huawei Watch GT 4. The watchcase is meticulously formed from stainless steel, while the reverse is shaped from durable polymer fiber, showcasing a delicate balance between stylish appeal and lasting durability..
It offers a 5ATM water resistance and an IP68 rating, ensuring dust and water resistance, making it a reliable companion for your adventures.
Available in two sizes, 41mm and 46mm, the designs differentiate with shape – a rounded form for the 41mm model and an octagonal shape for the 46mm variant.
The latter also introduces a robust matte and anodized finish. Both models come with a variety of strap options, including metal, rubber, and leather, accommodating different style preferences.
The Huawei Watch GT 4 features a vibrant and clear AMOLED display, integrated with a microphone and speaker, ensuring sharp visibility even under direct sunlight.
With a 1.32-inch display on the 41mm version (0.1 inches smaller than the 46mm), it still presents big, bright, and crisp visuals.
The display hosts a resolution of 466 x 466 and offers 352ppi (326ppi for the 46mm version).
Although it features an always-on mode, enabling it might strain the battery life, especially on the smaller model.
Software and Performance
HarmonyOS introduces user interface enhancements to the GT 4, with special cards for apps and health monitoring, streamlining access to essential features.
Despite its aesthetic and intuitive nature, some reviewers mention the HarmonyOS on GT 4 feels somewhat immature in certain aspects.
The Huawei AppGallery, albeit present for several years, still falls short in app availability and hasn’t seen many changes since its inception on Huawei smartwatches.
Unfortunately, the absence of Wear OS means users can’t install popular apps like Spotify or Google Maps, but Huawei presents its alternative, Petal Maps.
The watch is preloaded with everyday apps like a stopwatch, calendar, and alarm, and can receive notifications from apps like SMS and Google Calendar.
However, adding notifications from apps like WhatsApp might present challenges, depending on the phone model used.
Health and Fitness Tracking
The Huawei Watch GT 4 offers a significant enhancement in fitness tracking features, offering an assortment of powerful features and accurate tracking compared to many other Android smartwatches.
One of Huawei’s focuses with the GT 4 has been to amplify tracking accuracy and offer users motivation to remain routinely active.
Supporting over 100 different workout modes, including standard options like walking, running, cycling, swimming, pilates, fencing, and many more, the GT 4 can track steps, distance, sleep, and workout activities.
Huawei has enhanced the TruSeen 5.5+ heart rate monitoring algorithm for better accuracy and also added dual-band GNSS support for improved GPS tracking precision.
Battery performance on the GT 4 doesn’t deviate much from the GT 3, especially the 46mm model, where Huawei promises up to 14 days of battery life, contingent on moderate usage of features like GPS-based workout tracking, continuous health monitoring mode, and the always-on display.
Intensive usage, such as GPS tracking, can yield approximately 10-15 hours of battery life, sufficient for tracking a week’s worth of workouts.
In Germany, the Huawei Watch GT 4 is now available directly from the Huawei Store. Customers who placed orders between September 14 and October 15, 2023, were given the FreeBuds SE 2 headphones and an additional one-year warranty at no extra cost.
It is expected that the smartwatch will be made available in various stores globally, with a price point roughly equivalent to USD 230, subject to regional variations.