The tech scene in Kenya and the world as a whole has been buzzing with excitement since Huawei launched its Watch GT 4. This smartwatch has made quite a statement, not just for its features but for its eye-catching design. Many are wondering if Huawei is stepping into the fashion world. So, after spending a month with the Huawei Watch GT 4, let’s take a closer look at the design, hardware, software, battery life, and see if it’s worth all the hype for Kenyan tech enthusiasts.
Design and Build
First things first, the design. The 46 mm version boasts an octagonal body, a unique departure from the usual circular and rectangular smartwatches. In a nod to Greenwich Mean Time, this version sports 24-hour markers on its bezel, which, while attractive, are more for aesthetics than practical use.
The watch case is made from robust stainless steel, similar to its predecessor, the Watch GT 3. The braided green strap is notable, made from recycled ocean-bound nylon, making it environmentally friendly and stylish.
Hardware and Software
The Watch GT 4 is an evolution of the Watch GT 3, which was already ahead of its time. It retains the same health sensors, a 1.43″ AMOLED display with a 466 x 466 resolution, and water resistance up to 50 meters. It supports L1 and L5 satellites for accurate positioning.
What makes the Watch GT 4 stand out are its new features. HarmonyOS 4.0 introduces “data-driven” workout tips, with Activity Rings 2.0 tracking your movement, exercises, and how often you stand up. There’s even a virtual medal in the Huawei Health app, making staying active a game.
The device introduces Calorie Management, which monitors calorie intake, active calories, resting calories, and overall calorie deficit. While it can’t magically know what you’re eating, you can manually input your data, eliminating the need for a separate app.
Designed for hobby athletes, the Watch GT 4 offers more sports activities, including tennis, table tennis, padel, and badminton. It even features voice-guided running for specific types of running.
Sleep and More
One unique feature is Sleep Breathing Awareness, which graphically highlights interruptions in your sleep breathing pattern. However, the information provided is somewhat limited, categorizing sleep as normal, low, moderate, or high. The practical utility of this feature remains questionable, as it consistently labels sleep breathing as “normal.”
Connectivity and Battery Life
Connectivity options are modest, limited to Bluetooth. There’s no SIM slot, Wi-Fi capabilities, or compatibility with external Bluetooth accessories like pulse monitors. You can, however, download and play music during activities using the built-in speaker or Bluetooth headphones.
While the Watch GT 4 can be paired with Android smartphones and Huawei devices with HarmonyOS, its functionality with iPhones is limited, impacting battery life.
Battery Life Unveiled
The 46 mm version boasts a 524 mAh battery, while the smaller 41 mm variant features a 323 mAh cell. Officially, the big version claims a 14-day maximum battery life, but real-world usage suggests around 12 days. With regular use, including notifications, calls, sleep tracking, and light sports activity, it lasts nearly a week.
An interesting twist is the Always On Display, which contradicts claims of halving the battery life. In our tests, it held up well, providing a five-day battery life. Pushing the limits with heavy usage and daily exercise, it delivered a respectable four-day battery life.
Charging and Verdict
Charging the Watch GT 4 is convenient, working with any Qi-certified wireless charger. For optimal results, use the charger included in the box, which takes around 110 minutes to charge from empty to full. The magnetic design ensures precise alignment during charging.
In conclusion, the Huawei Watch GT 4, with its stylish design and competitive pricing, is making waves in the Kenyan tech scene. While the hardware may not be drastically different from its predecessor, its long battery life, clear interface, new features, and fashion-forward design make it an attractive choice for Kenyan tech enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a blend of style and substance, the Watch GT 4 has got you covered. The smartwatch is available to purchase in Kenya at various retail outlets for Ksh. 28,000.