When they first hit the market, smart wearables were plagued by several weaknesses including small displays, poor battery life and limited features.

Over time the market has matured and technology has improved as well, with the Huawei Watch GT2 being a great example of all that progress being packed into something small enough for your wrist.

One of the biggest leaps forward here comes from the Huawei Kirin A1 chip running things inside of the Watch G2. The Kirin A1 chip, which is made by Huawei itself, is designed for wearables from the ground up to optimise power usage, and the battery life of the larger 46mm series Huawei Watch GT2 is rather astounding.

The Huawei Watch GT2 46mm has a battery life of two weeks and this isn’t two weeks of screen off, idle mode either. This fortnight claim is with the heart rate monitoring on, 90 minutes of exercise per week and 30 minutes of music per week.

If you’re absolutely pushing yourself all the time, the Huawei Watch GT2 46mm will stick in there with you for up to 30 hours of continuous exercise with GPS turned on as well as tracking of heart rate and exercise.

While the 46mm Huawei Watch GT2 can be a fitness tracker with its sensors and ability to track multiple types of exercise such as running, cycling and even swimming up to 50 metres, it doesn’t look that way from the outside with its traditional circular face.

Other wearables such as the Garmin Vívoactive 3, with its 30.4mm face, also offer this classic styling with hidden tech, along with activity tracking, GPS and up to seven days of use, once again showing how far this segment of the market has become.

While at work or at home at rest, the other lifestyle features packed into the Huawei Watch GT2 come into play. The 46mm supports both Bluetooth calling and on-device music, able to store around 500 songs. While the latter feature does come with some caveats based on region, these two features push this wearable closer and closer to being a standalone companion for you, leaving your phone on your desk or in your pocket for longer. And if talking just isn’t for you, text alerts are handled as well with SMS, emails, calendar and certain social media platforms being supported right. And, come one, most people prefer a text over a call, right?

While Huawei is a brand commonly associated with Android, the Huawei Watch GT2 also works with iOS 9.0 and later. This means that the Apple Watch 5 isn’t the only smart wearable to consider now. With the Apple Watch 5 offering a maximum 44mm case and up to 18 hours of use, having these other options on the market mean that you can stay within the Apple ecosystem without every device of yours needing to be from one company.

If you’re in the market to buy the Huawei Watch GT2 for yourself, or someone close to you this Holiday season, it can be had locally on the South African Huawei store. There you can also find the wide range of other Huawei available on our shores. Local retailers Sportsman Warehouse, Totalsports  and Cape Union Mart will also be stocking this product if you’d prefer to do your shopping in person.

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