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Huawei Watch GT 2e tested: can you bag a Best Buy smartwatch for less than £150?

The latest Huawei smartwatch has lots of tricks to show off, including a pulse oximeter sensor that takes readings of your blood oxygen level

Huawei Watch GT 2e tested: can you bag a Best Buy smartwatch for less than £150?

The sleek and stylish Huawei Watch GT 2e has just returned from the Which? test lab, but can it match those good looks with accurate tracking? We’ve put it through its paces to see how the brand’s latest wearable compares with the rest of its lineup.

Despite lockdown conditions making it harder to head in-store to buy a new wearable, Huawei is still shipping out millions of smartwatches.

In fact, according to a recent report by the IDC (International Data Corporation), 16.9m units of smartwatches were shipped out in the first quarter of 2020. From that total, Huawei ranked second with around 2.6m units shipped.

Huawei’s smartwatch range is clearly making a good impression, so what’s all the fuss about? Find out more on the Huawei Watch GT 2e below and, if you’re on a budget, read about some cheaper alternatives that we’ve also tried out.

Browse all the best smartwatches from our tests to see which get top marks for comfort and accuracy.

Huawei Watch GT 2 vs Huawei Watch GT 2e: what’s the difference?

The Huawei Watch GT 2e (above, right) is the more affordable version of the GT 2 (above, left). Shop around online and you’ll find the GT 2e for around £135, while the GT 2 is a touch more expensive at around £149. Although the newer model is easier on your wallet, you’re still getting a wide range of fitness-focused features.

You’ll notice a couple of visual differences between the two smartwatches. We think the Huawei Watch GT 2e is the sportier, more modern-looking of the two, but which style you prefer is all down to personal taste. What we can say for certain is that the cheaper smartwatch has a much rounder, flatter finish to it.

Looks aside, the Huawei Watch GT 2e and Huawei Watch GT 2 pretty much share the same specs sheet. Both models have a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 455mAh battery, 4GB of storage and come powered by a Kirin A1 processor.

While the Huawei Watch GT 2 has a built-in speaker for taking calls from your wrist, it’s nowhere to be found on the Huawei Watch GT 2e.

If you’re planning on improving your fitness during lockdown, the Huawei Watch GT 2e has a range of features to help you on your way. The list includes:

  • Heart-rate monitor See how your heart rate changes as you exercise – it’s a good indication of how hard you’re training.
  • Waterproof design As the wearable is waterproof up to 50 metres, it should survive a dip in a pool.
  • Pulse oximeter sensor This lets you take on-demand readings of your blood oxygen saturation, handy if you exercise at high altitudes.
  • 85 workout modes Top-level data on a range of sports, including street dance, ballet, yoga, rock-climbing and boxing.
  • 15 professional workout modes Advanced workout modes for indoor and outdoor sports that offer more detailed data.
  • Recovery time For when you’re done working up a sweat. The Huawei Watch GT 2e will suggest how much of a break you should give your body before you start exercising again.

According to Huawei, the battery inside the Watch GT 2e will last you ‘up to two weeks’. The fitness giant said the same thing about the Huawei Watch GT 2 – we’ve tested battery life for both models in our lab.

To see how Huawei’s smartwatch compares with rivals from Apple, Garmin and Samsung, read our full Huawei Watch GT 2e review, or see how the Huawei Watch GT 2 compares.

Other cheap smartwatches for under £150

Garmin Vivoactive 3 (£149)

This GPS smartwatch from Garmin has a touch-sensitive button on the side that lets you scroll through menus. It has a 1.2-inch display, making it slightly smaller than the Huawei Watch GT 2 and Huawei Watch GT 2e.

Aside from the usual step, distance and calories-burned tracking, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 has the power to map your running routes and track your heart rate as you try and beat your personal best.

The Vivoactive 3 can be worn for swimming or snorkeling and arrives pre-loaded with 15 sports apps – the full list includes strength training, yoga, golf and skiing. When paired with your smartphone, you’ll get notifications on incoming calls and texts sent straight to your wrist.

Find out just how accurate this smartwatch is by reading the full Garmin Vivoactive 3 review.

Honor MagicWatch 2 (£138)

Although the brand is arguably better known for its affordable smartphones, Honor (owned by Huawei) also dabbles with smartwatches. The Honor MagicWatch 2 has a 1.39-inch display and comes in two sizes: 46mm and 42mm.

You get access to 15 different fitness-tracking modes right out the box, along with built-in GPS that’s a must-have for marathon runners. Although you can’t respond to them from your wrist, pairing the MagicWatch with a mobile lets you see texts, emails and social media alerts.

The Honor MagicWatch 2 will also measure the quality of your sleep, stress levels and heart rate. Weather condition alerts will help you decide whether or not to run outside, or use the treadmill instead.

Will this smartwatch improve the effectiveness of your exercise regime? See how it fared in our lab tests with the full Honor MagicWatch 2 review.

Huawei Watch GT (£90)

The original Huawei Watch GT has been treated to a serious price drop since it launched and can now be found for less than £100.

This budget-priced Huawei wearable is rocking a black stainless-steel body, ceramic bezel and basic-looking silicone strap. It comes with a heart-rate monitor and displays your fitness data on a 1.39-inch screen.

The Huawei Watch GT has no trouble feeding back on the essentials – step count, active calories, distance covered and active minutes are all tracked through the day. It also has an altimeter, which tells you your elevation if you’re hiking.

Is this Huawei smartwatch a serious contender if you’re looking for an affordable way to track your workouts? Our Huawei Watch GT review has all the details.

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