The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is the new smartwatch from Huawei. Announced this Thursday (10) together with the Huawei FreeBuds Pro wireless headphones, the watch monitors the user’s physical condition and draws attention by the battery that promises 14 days of the charge. There is no forecast for the launch of wearables in Brazil.
The Huawei watch has a circular case with buttons on the side, water resistance (5 ATM), 46 mm in diameter, titanium body, and ceramic back. The screen measures 1.39 inches and has a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels, Super AMOLED technology, and sapphire glass.
Like the other smartwatches on the market, the launch has sensors to monitor the user’s physical condition, such as heart rate and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). Also, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is capable of monitoring more than 100 exercises, according to the Chinese brand.
The wearable’s technical file consists of 4 GB storage, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, and 455 mAh battery, sufficient capacity for 14 days of use, according to the manufacturer, and support wireless charging (Qi). Regarding the operating system, the watch features Huawei’s LiteOS.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro will hit stores this month with a sports bracelet for 329 euros and leather for 349 euros. Prices are equivalent to approximately R $ 2,070 and R $ 2,190, respectively, indirect conversion.
Huawei FreeBuds Pro has active noise cancellation
Huawei also introduced its new wireless headphones on Thursday (10): the Huawei FreeBuds Pro. The gadget has a visual similar to the Apple AirPods Pro, Huawei FreeBuds 3i, and LG Tone Free and has active noise cancellation (ANC) and Bluetooth 5.2.
The launch comes with a case to store and restore the power of the gadgets, with a 580 mAh battery and wireless recharge (2 watts) and via USB-C cable (6 watts). Wearables have a component of 55 mAh each, which gives four and a half hours of music with active noise cancellation, according to Huawei.
Sales of Huawei’s new wireless headsets are expected to start in October at the suggested price of 199 euros (about R $ 1,250 in direct conversion)
Amazfit Neo smartwatch: head-on in the 80s, but smart
- I even like smartwatches, but my biggest dream has always been to try to unite the world of old watches, together with some smart functions of the latest devices. Taking advantage of the wave of the 80s and 90s that have been appearing in several places, Huami, Xiaomi’s arm in wearables, decided to create the Amazfit Neo and he has exactly this proposal: old watch face, but with something extra.
Amazfit Neo shamelessly copies the look of watches like the Casio G-Shock or Timex, uses a visible screen at all times, and a battery that promises to last for almost a month, while it manages to send all app notifications and still tracks the user’s heartbeat during the whole day. It looks like the perfect match for a hybrid smartwatch, right?
Yes, it seems, but like everything in life, this hybrid smartwatch has its flaws. I tell you, in the paragraphs below, where he gets it right and where he gets it wrong.
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Design and canvas
The first thing that is visible in the Amazfit Neo is the look of a digital watch from the 80s and 90s, especially if you know the face of the Casio of the time, especially the G-Shock line. It was exactly this style of a smartwatch that caught my attention at first. It is not a microcomputer that acts as a clock, but a more traditional clock that has a system ready for some interaction.
The bracelet is made of polyurethane with many holes, making the accessory almost one size. If you are still uncomfortable it is better to sell the device, as it does not allow the exchange of the bracelet with that pin for easy removal. This detail is very negative, mainly because other Amazfit allow this, as is the case of Bip.
The box is made of plastic with a robust product look and there is no burr. This point would go into the minimum necessary for anything, but it draws attention to the price of the Amazfit Neo: it is the cheapest smartwatch that Huami launched in 2020.
The screen is not touch-sensitive and all interaction is made by four large buttons with functions written on the watch case, just like the Casio of the 80s. The buttons are the same color and are a little bumpy, but the texture of the plastic changes and not being too protruding allows you to move your hand against your wrist and not accidentally push any buttons.
The display, which is protected by plastic with a glass face, is made on an LCD STN and this makes the second part of the cry “I’m 80’s”. This type of screen resembles what exists in calculators or clocks of the time, has perfect visibility in any minimally lit environment, consumes very little energy and if you are in a dark place and want to see the time, just touch and hold the “back” button ”For two seconds.
I loved the bluish light, but if the purpose is an 80’s and 90’s look, I missed those yellowish side LEDs that don’t try to hide the light beam. Anyway, it works! It also works automatically, turning on the light whenever the arm raises, while increasing energy consumption. I didn’t have it at the time, so I didn’t activate it here.
Behind is a heart rate reader and two points for the charger to send energy, but I’ll talk about them later. Closing the design part, the Amazfit Neo is only 32 grams and is one of the lightest smartwatches I have ever used. Ah yes, this watch can survive up to 50 meters deep in the water. He can accompany some exercises, but not swimming, so the protection around here works more so as not to take your watch off during your bath or while taking a dip in the pool.
The main function of a watch is to give you the time and that is exactly what Amazfit Neo does most of the time. Directly on the smartwatch, you have a display that only shows the time, with a secondary screen on top with extra functions. By default, it displays the date, weather forecast, amount of calories burned, distance covered and steps taken, the amount of battery, the last record of the heart rate reader on the day, stopwatch, alarm clock, do not disturb mode and a kind of score that sums up his physical activity, called Father.
The only feature that cannot be actively controlled by the clock is the alarm clock and this is a very strong negative point. In the 1980s, the watch, whether Casio G-Shock or any other competitor, allowed this. Anyway, in Amazfit Neo this adjustment happens inside the application called Zepp.
It is with it that you receive information about the exercises and heartbeat, which have accumulated on the smartwatch since the last time the Zepp was opened. Another accumulated information is the weather forecast. The watch has up to three days of data about the city where you are.
A function present only in the application is the visualization of sleep, with data collected during the night and displayed here with hours of sleep, deep sleep time, light sleep, and history say if you are sleeping as you should. In the report, the app even gives tips on how to improve sleep quality.
The heart rate reader creates a history according to the time chosen for the measurements, which can be each, five, 10, or 30 minutes. This interval directly affects battery life. I put it every half hour just because it was a good time and combined with more days away from the loader.
Another feature that the app needs are the tracking of exercises, which can be walking, running, or cycling. This is another negative point, it would be very interesting to be able to have some control over the clock. When you start a workout on your smartphone, Amazfit Neo at least shows your time, distance covered, and heart rate.
There is no GPS on the smartwatch and this point is acceptable for the price and the proposal, but not starting a walk through it seems wrong. Most wrong for reasons of you can pause or stop an exercise with the buttons on the device, but not start.
Finally, notifications. A smartwatch is cool for alerting you to things that happen on your cell phone. It is the feature that I love the most in the smart part of all watches, so much so that my cell phone has not left the silencer for years, years. Anyway, they are here, you are alerted when someone calls, when a message arrives, a social media like, an email, but all without vibration.
The watch beeps and that’s it, changing the type of beep whether it is a call, email, SMS or notification from other apps. This detail is especially bad, it is horrible. The cool thing about notifications on the pulse is that they arrive without alerting other people, but that doesn’t happen here. Another detail: in a call, the upper screen shows the word “call”, but for any other notification it is only a “+1”. There is no message preview, nothing.
Worse: if you leave it to see the notification later, on your wrist, there is no area with their history. If you didn’t see it at the time, Amazfit Neo won’t even show you that something came before. I love the beep he does, it’s every 80’s, it’s very Casio G-Shock, but the notification part could get more attention. Not vibrating is their worst negative point.
After talking about the nostalgic look, the pleasant beep to hear (less during a meeting), and the screen visible even in dimly lit environments, autonomy deserves a lively chat. The Amazfit Neo has only 160 mAh and I know your face has twisted, but the autonomy predicted by Huami is 28 days away from the plug. Twenty-eight days gives almost an entire 30-day vacation without taking the porter on the trip.