Despite the fact the non-Apple smartphone industry has been heavily based on Android for quite some time, we can't say the same for smartwatches. wearOS, or Android Wear as it was once called, isn't really as big a player as its phone-based cousin. A lot of companies may opt for Google's software out of necessity, but that hasn't stopped the likes of Samsung or Fitbit doing things their own way. Now those two companies are being joined by Huawei, which has opted not to include wearOS on its latest smartwatch - the Huawei Watch GT.
Instead the GT will be running on its own custom operating system, called Lite OS, which Huawei says will help the watch reach ludicrous levels of battery life. In fact, it claims users could get as much as a month's use out of a single charge. Naturally that will depend on what features are activated, with Huawei admitting that you'd need to turn off all activity tracking and GPS functionality to last a full 30 days. That said you'd still be able to use the thing for calls, texts, and as a timepiece. Interestingly keeping the power-intensive activity tracking and GPS turned on constantly will give the watch a lifespan of 22 hours. The mid point, with occasional activity and GPS, plus constant heart rate monitoring, is designed to last around two weeks per charge.
Huawei manages this by utilising a combination of low and high power chips, switching between the two based on how more or less active you are. Huawei being Huawei this is change is done automatically thanks to the use of AI. AI also helps to improve the heart rate accuracy. The GPS signal is more accurate too, and is capable of linking with multiple positioning systems (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou) for more precise location accuracy.
Design-wise it looks like, well, a smartwatch. It's thicker and chunkier than a traditional watch, though it retains that classic watch look. To the point where it even has two crowns for you to control it with. It's 10.6mm thick, and has a 1.39-inch display, steel body, and ceramic bezel. It's also 5ATM water resistant, which is going to be helpful for swimmers or masochists who like doing outdoorsy stuff in bad weather.
Despite rumours suggesting the Watch GT will only be compatible with EMUI 9 devices, Huawei has confirmed it will be compatible with both Android and iOS. That said, the fact that it doesn't have any third-party app support means you're not going to be doing a whole lot with it anyway. Not in the same way you'd use an Apple Watch of wearOS device at any rate. It has stock features, like calls, messages, a calendar, activity tracking, and sleep tracking.
There's not a whole lot more to say. It's a smartwatch, after all. There's a Sport version, which will be priced at €199, and a Classic version at €249. We don't have UK pricing just yet, but current exchange rate makes that £175 and £220 respectively.