Huawei Watch GT 4 Pro Review: The Affordable, Classy Smartwatch Doing More

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By Dave Winer

Huawei Watch GT 4 ProThe Huawei Watch 3 Pro marked a significant milestone as the brand’s inaugural smartwatch powered by Harmony OS. Its successor, the Watch 4 Pro, continues this legacy, also utilizing Harmony OS and introducing several firsts in terms of features. This model showcases a refreshed feature set and user interface, with Huawei paying meticulous attention to detail.

Available exclusively in a 48-millimeter case size, the Watch 4 Pro offers a variety of casing colors to choose from. Consumers can select from a blue casing paired with a fabric strap, a titanium casing with a sophisticated brown leather strap, or a titanium casing complemented by a matching titanium link strap.

Pricing for the watches varies based on the strap choice. The fabric or leather band versions are priced at 549 Euros, while opting for the titanium band incurs an additional cost of 100 Euros, bringing the price to 649 Euros. This smartwatch is equipped with LTE connectivity through an eSIM. Our review unit, featuring the titanium design, is priced at 649 Euros. Importantly, the watch boasts compatibility with both Android and iOS devices, enhancing its versatility.

Huawei Watch GT 4 Pro Specs:

SpecificationDetails
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, 4 x 1.7 GHz, ARM Cortex-A53
Memory2048 MB
Display1.50 inch 1:1, 466 x 466 pixel, 310 PPI, Capacitive, AMOLED, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage32 GB eMMC Flash
ConnectionsNFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: gyroscope, barometer, acceleration, magnetometer, optical heart rate monitor, temperature, depth gauge, EKG
NetworkingWi-Fi 4 (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 5.2, 3G, 4G, LTE, GPS
Battery780 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 54 hours runtime (according to manufacturer)
ChargingWireless charging, fast charging / Quick charge
Operating SystemHuawei HarmonyOS
Additional FeaturesMono speaker, charging cable, manual, elements for the link bracelet, Dualband-GNSS, fanless, waterproof
Weight110 g (watch), 40 g (power supply)
Price (Est.)649 Euro

Watch 4 Pro Titanium a Smartwatch

The Watch 4 Pro got a titanium body and sapphire glass. It’s got a twisty button and another button with a sensor on the right. Underneath, there’s a speaker. On the left, two mics. Under the watch, sensors for body stuff.

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No bezel on this watch. But, it’s got marks like a clock around the screen. The band’s 22 mm wide and easy to change without tools. Fits wrists from 140 to 210 mm.

It’s 110 grams with the strap, 67 grams without. It’s IP68 and 5 ATM water-resistant, good for diving up to 30 meters. It’s safe for diving gear too.

Setting Up – Need Huawei Health App

To set it up, you need the Huawei Health app. It’s not on Google Play, but you can get it from a QR code or Huawei’s App Gallery. Gotta sign in with a Huawei ID.

Setting up is quick. Connect the watch to your phone, give some permissions, and you’re set. The watch shows you how to use it.

The app’s got sections for health, training, and more. You can change watch faces, add music, and use Huawei Wallet (in Germany, just for customer cards, no payments).

Most settings are on the watch. Lots of options like screen display, vibration strength, and what the bottom button does.

Using the Watch

It’s got a 1.5-inch touchscreen, a button, and a twisty crown. Press the crown for apps, twist to zoom. Pressing it in a menu goes back to the watch face.

The bottom button opens a menu with three choices. You can change what’s in this menu. Swipe on the screen for quick settings, Huawei Assistant, and notifications. Swipe the other way for tiles with info like heart rate and sleep.

Telephony and Notifications – Got eSIM

Good for calls. It’s got a mic and speaker, and eSIM for its own mobile connection. eSIM setup is easy. You can set when to use the eSIM or Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.

Call quality is better with a paired phone than eSIM. Sync contacts, see call lists, and dial numbers.

Notifications work well. Choose which apps can send notifications. Messages show up by app. You can reply with voice or a keyboard. Shows emojis, but no pictures or full emails.

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Voice Assistant – Celia

Celia, Huawei’s assistant, works with all phones now, not just Huawei’s. Good voice recognition. Answers show on screen and through the speaker. But, it’s not as fancy as Google Assistant or Alexa.

Health and Fitness – ECG and More

All health data is in the Health app. Shows activity, heart rate, sleep, stress, and more. You can change what shows up.

Heart rate shows as numbers or graphs. You can see it for a day, week, month, or year. It does ECG and checks if your arteries are okay.

Health Glance is new. It checks heart rate, blood oxygen, stress, skin temperature, ECG, arteries, and breathing in one minute. It gives you a report and warns if something’s off.

Breathing test is part of Health Glance. Breathe deep and cough near the watch. It checks your lung capacity.

Can’t sync with Google Fit without extra apps. But, it works with Komoot and Strava.

Activity Targets – Rings and Clovers

Two ways to track daily activity. Rings for calories, training time, and standing time. Clovers for sleep, breathing, steps, training, and sleep time. They fill up and turn green when you hit goals.

Tracks distance, running, walking, climbing stairs, and altitude. Tells you to move if you sit too long.

Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen

Compared it to other devices. Heart rate matches well with a Garmin Venu 2. Blood oxygen is close to a Braun pulse oximeter.

Sleep Tracking – No Smart Alarm

Tracks sleep well. Shows total sleep and phases like light, deep, or REM sleep. Gives you a sleep score. Can record sleep sounds and play sounds to help you sleep. No smart alarm though.

Training Recording – Water-Friendly

Tracks over 100 sports. Good for swimming and diving up to 30 meters. For deeper dives, get the Huawei Watch Ultimate.

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Focuses on running. Has a virtual training partner and gives running info. Comes with 13 running plans. More plans and video workouts in the Health app.

Tracks workouts well. Gives details like distance, speed, and calories. Can import and set goals for sports. Tells you how you’re doing during training. Automatically detects walking, running, and cross trainer, but not always right.

GPS and Navigation – Okay, Not Perfect

Uses Huawei’s Petal Maps. Can start navigation from the watch with eSIM. Connects to satellite networks. Quick outside, slow inside. Stays connected, but not super accurate compared to a Garmin Venu 2.

Can export and import routes. Has return path navigation if you get lost.

Display – Bright LTPO AMOLED

1.5-inch LTPO AMOLED screen is great. Perfect black levels, sharp contrasts. Bright and clear, even in the sun. Max brightness is 660 cd/m² with sensor, 441 nits without.

Not as bright as some other smartwatches. Always-on display matches the watch face. Turns off in sleep mode. Can’t customize it much.

Noticed some flickering. The average frequency is low at 72 Hz.

The Huawei Watch 4 Pro stands out with its robust titanium build and versatile health and fitness features. Its sapphire glass display, customizable straps, and water resistance make it durable for various activities. The setup requires the Huawei Health app, offering a range of settings and health-tracking options.

Its telephony capabilities, enhanced by eSIM, and the improved Celia voice assistant add convenience. While it excels in health tracking and sports modes, its GPS accuracy and display brightness could be better. Overall, the Watch 4 Pro is a solid choice for those seeking a feature-rich, durable smartwatch.

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Dave Winer
Dave Winer is Tech Guru at Atechworld.com, Explaining Tech Secrets with learned Skills to Tech lovers.

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