Huawei GT2 vs GT2e – which smartwatch to buy?

Huawei Watch GT2 vs. GT 2e

Huawei has recently redesigned its smartwatch product range. After the release of their flagship Take a look at GT 2 In 2019 they are back with the Huawei Watch GT 2e. This new model serves as a new middle-class model of the Watch GT 2 series and is aimed at younger spectators and sports enthusiasts.

The Watch GT 2e (GT 2 Energy) has many similarities to the flagship Watch GT 2. Both models have the same specifications and the same hardware. However, there are some important differences that can help you make your selection. Keep scrolling to find out which Huawei smartwatch is best for you.

For this comparison, we mainly refer to the 46 mm variant of the Huawei Watch GT 2. The GT 2e does not have a 42 mm variant, so these two will be the closest competitors.

And for a deeper look at that Huawei Watch GT 2, see ours full review.

If you’re not familiar with Huawei’s smartwatch history, be sure to read ours Huawei Brand Review.

Technical data Watch GT 2 vs. GT 2e

GT2 GT2 e
SIZE 46mm 46 mm
WEIGHT 41g (without strap) 43g (without strap)
WATCH CASE MATERIAL Stainless steel + plastic Stainless steel + plastic
BRACELET Titanium gray metal strap, orange fluoroelastomer strap, brown leather strap, black fluoroelastomer strap Graphite black, lava red, mint green, ice white
DISPLAY 1.39 inches AMOLED 454 x 454 HD 1.39 inches AMOLED 454 x 454 HD
NFC Supported (limited in China version) USA and Europe not supported
GPS Supports
CONNECTION Bluetooth: BT5.1, BLE / BR / EDR Bluetooth: BT5.1, BLE / BR / EDR
SENSORS Accelerometer

Gyroscope sensor

Geomagnetic sensor

Optical heart rate sensor

Ambient light sensor

Air pressure sensor

Capacitive sensor

BATTERY LIFE 14 days for typical use 14 days for typical use
CHARGE TIME 2 hours
BATTERY 455mAh (up to 2 weeks)
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Android 4.4 or higher

iOS 9.0 or higher

HEALTH TruRelax printing

TruSleep sleep

TruSeen heart rate

SpO2 (CN version)

SPORTS MODE 15 (updated to 100) 100
SPEAKER and MIC Supports Unsupported
BLUETOOTH CALLING Supports Unsupported
SpO2 Supports Supports
RAM + ROM 32 MB + 4 GB 16 MB + 4 GB
MUSIC ON THE GO Supports Supports
Remote release Supports Supports
Clock face Supports Supports
processor Kirin A1 Kirin A1
App Huawei health Huawei health

Design and build quality

Huawei GT 2 Series smartwatches

Design language

The biggest difference between these two models is the design. The Huawei Watch GT 2 is the higher quality device thanks to its smaller frame, the more elegant screen display and the button design. Its aesthetics mimic the look of traditional analog high-end watches.

The GT 2e, on the other hand, has a more modern and sleeker design that is more similar to digital watches. It doesn’t feel cheap or look cheap, but it lacks some fine details and premium design elements from the GT 2.

Technically speaking, the OLED display of both devices is the same. They are both the same size and resolution. The main difference is in the presentation. The Huawei Watch GT 2 has a 3D screen and a bezel with engraved markings.

The GT 2e, on the other hand, lacks both the curved display and the markings around it, which makes the bezel look thicker. This makes the display look cleaner, but it also looks simpler. Of course, this depends on the personal preferences of the user. We’ll talk more about the display later in its special section.

It should be noted that, unlike the Watch GT 2, the GT 2e has only one variant. So if you find the standard 46 mm too big or too heavy, you’re out of luck. The Watch GT 2, on the other hand, has a slimmer 42 mm version, but many functions of the GT 2 are missing.

Weight and dimensions

In terms of weight and dimensions, the Huawei GT2 is 0.1 mm thinner, 7.1 mm shorter, 0.9 mm narrower and 2 grams lighter than the Huawei GT2e. It may seem strange at first that the GT 2e is the heavier model because it was developed for sport. But after using both models, I can say that the weight difference is negligible.

Both models are relatively light and can be worn comfortably all day. As mentioned in our Huawei Watch GT 2 test, the 46 mm variant is neither too heavy nor too bulky. This was done from the perspective of a reviewer with a wrist size of 6.5 inches.

Color options

Regarding the color options, the Watch GT 2 is only available in two colors: matt black and pebble brown. The GT 2e, on the other hand, is available in four colors: graphite black, lava red, mint green and ice white. The GT 2e has a wider and more vibrant color range, which in turn appeals to younger audiences.

display

Huawei watch GT 2e AOD

Both the Huawei Watch GT 2 and the GT 2e have the same 1.39-inch AMOLED display with an HD resolution of 454 x 454. The display is bright, vivid and sharp in both models, so that the text is independent of the light conditions is easy to read. Both smartwatches also have similar touchscreen performances.

Both the GT 2 and the GT 2e registered all my touch inputs exactly and were similar to the performance of smartphone touchscreen sensors. However, it should be noted that the screen of the Huawei Watch GT 2 felt easier to navigate and felt more seamless thanks to the curved 3D glass. It’s a subtle addition, but it has a big impact on the user experience. However, this only becomes noticeable when the two watches are compared side by side.

Both models also have AOD (Always On Display) functionality and currently support four AOD designs. This will discharge the battery faster and deactivate the function to increase the wake-up process. The designs are fairly limited, but it’s reasonable since not all watch faces may be optimized for this feature.

Keys

Huawei GT 2e side buttons

Another notable difference between the two is the buttons. The number and position of the buttons on the GT 2e is still the same, but what differs is the shape. The GT 2 has the crown-like push buttons on the side that resemble a classic watch. The GT 2e, on the other hand, had a flatter design for the buttons.

This redesign helps the GT 2e to be more comfortable during training. There is more wrist space to prevent the buttons from coming into contact with the wrist. It also helps prevent accidental pressures during exercise and when used regularly.

Despite the change in design, the buttons on the GT 2e are still tactile and require adequate force to operate. The feel of the buttons is equivalent, so you won’t be left out on the GT 2e.

belt

Huawei GT 2 vs GT2e strap

The belt has also been redesigned. The belt of the GT 2e has ventilation holes that support ventilation during training. The design is seamless because the vent holes also serve as punch holes for the buckle. The mechanism for attaching the straps has also been changed. Wristbands developed for the Huawei Watch GT 2 are not compatible with the GT 2e.

With this new mechanism, the GT 2e can no longer be placed flat on a table. This is an advantage for the GT 2e because it feels more stable on the hand during training. This also means that there is no gap between the wristbands and the smartwatch, which prevents dust from accumulating in this small area.

Both models come with numerous strap options from both Huawei and third-party manufacturers.

properties

Huawei GT 2e user interface

Since similar hardware and software run on both smartwatches, most functions are the same. Both have flawless wireless performance thanks to the well-implemented Bluetooth 5.1 chip. They also have the same optical heart rate sensor, music playback ability, water resistance, exercise modes, pressure level, exercise progress, etc.

When looking at the surface, there is no big difference. However, the GT 2e lacks several hardware functions that can affect you, depending on how important these functions are for you.

The most striking feature of the Huawei Watch GT 2e is the built-in microphone and speaker. You can no longer answer calls using the watch. Voice prompts for workouts have also been removed, and music can only be played using Bluetooth headphones.

It is interesting that you cannot answer calls on the GT 2e, even if it is paired with Bluetooth headphones. This function is of course possible with the GT 2. This is useful for people who are listening to music on their smartwatch, but are not necessarily near their smartphone.

It’s worth noting that the Huawei Watch GT 2 doesn’t have a voice assistant, which limits the overall microphone functionality. Users who do not use their smartwatches to make calls may not be disturbed by the exclusion in the GT 2e.

Another difference between the two is the lack of the 3D compass and the cadence sensor on the GT 2e. The GT 2e has both features, but the results may not be as accurate as the Watch GT 2.

Health tracker

Huawei GT2 vs GT2e software

The health data of both watches are the same. Both are equipped with the optical heart sensor that uses the Huawei TruSeen 3.5 heart rate monitoring technology, which was first introduced with the Watch GT 2. This new sensor provides faster and more accurate heart rate monitoring and can do 24-hour heart rate tracking.

Monitoring of the SpO2 level is also supported by both clocks. They also support the monitoring of Huawei TruSleep 2.0 and the Huawei TruRelax technology. Some of the more detailed settings can be accessed via the Huawei Health app.

The Huawei GT 2 originally only had 15 training modes, which is significantly less than the 100 training modes of the GT 2e. However, Huawei has rolled out an update and implemented this on the Watch GT 2.

Battery life

As already mentioned, both models use the Kirin A1 and the Huawei Light OS. They also have the same 455 mAh battery, which means that both devices have the same specified battery life of 2 weeks. Both devices have a charging time of 2 hours to fully charge the battery.

Monitor software performance

Huawei GT 2e dials health app

Many manufacturers tend to replace or downgrade the software experience of their lower devices. However, this is not the case with the Huawei Watch GT 2 and GT 2e. Since both smartwatches have the same specifications and the same operating system, the software experience is also similar.

Navigating through the operating system is quick on both smartwatches. While scrolling through the menus, there was some slight drop in image, but it didn’t affect the overall experience. We also didn’t see any crashes, which indicates that the software is stable and reliable.

It is noteworthy that the Huawei Watch GT 2e only has 16 megabytes of RAM, which corresponds to half the RAM of the GT 2. This was not noticeable during the on-screen navigation, but can be more obvious if Huawei adds more features to these two devices.

Both smartwatches are compatible with the Huawei Health smartphone app and have access to the same number of app functions. The GT 2e does not appear to have a product photo in the app and is replaced by a generic smartwatch photo instead. Apart from these, there are no other differences.

It is worth noting that there are currently some watch faces that are only available for the GT 2e. However, I can imagine that the GT 2 will also receive them in a future update because they have the same screen dimensions.

There were also constant firmware updates on both devices. So if you choose to buy one of these devices, you won’t be left out when introducing new products.

Comparative winner

Given the excellent performance of both devices, it is quite difficult to choose a winner. In terms of technical data, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is the clear winner. It is the device that best defines the latest generation of smartwatches from Huawei and has all the functions.

The nice thing about Huawei’s current product range, however, is that you hardly lose anything in raw power if you choose the Watch GT 2e. They still rock the same fast Kirin A1 chip and the 2 week battery life.

If you’re someone who has specific sports-related needs, you’ll still get the same performance and software experience out of the two most of the time. It only depends on which design you prefer and which design best suits your requirements.

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