Huawei Watch 2 Classic vs Sport vs GT 2 – Which Should You Buy?

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In this comparison post, I compare three generations of Huawei smartwatches, Huawei Watch 2 Classic vs Sport vs GT 2 which are perhaps some of the best on the market. Watch 2 Classic and Sport are Wear OS smartwatches, while GT 2 runs on Huawei’s proprietary platform following in the footstep of Huawei Watch GT, its predecessor. Although each of these three smartwatches is designed to track your daily activities and update you when you receive notifications on your phone, this comparison compares the differences in their specs and features to find out which is the best buy.

Huawei Watch 2 Classic vs Sport vs GT 2 – Specifications

  Huawei Watch 2 Classic Huawei Watch 2 Sport Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm)
huawei watch gt 2 full specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Huawei Watch 2 Classic Huawei Watch 2 Sport Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm)
Device type Classic/Fitness smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Classic/Fitness smartwatch
Predecessor NIL NIL Huawei Watch GT
Successor NIL NIL N/A
Date Released April, 2017 April, 2017 September, 2019
Gender Men Men Men

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size 1.2 inch 1.2 inch 1.39 inch
Display type AMOLED
Full color
AMOLED
Full color
AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 390 x 390 pixel 390 x 390 pixel 454 x 454 pixels
Pixel density 326 ppi 326 ppi 326 ppi
Display always-on Yes Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen
2 physical buttons
Touchscreen
2 physical buttons
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons

BODY

Shape Circular Circular Circular
Casing material Stainless steel/thermoplastic Thermoplastic Stainless steel/thermoplastic
Strap material Leather Silicone Fluoroelastomer, leather or titanium metal
Bezel Material Ceramics Thermoplastic Ceramics
Weight 47 grams
(excluding straps)
40 grams
(excluding straps)
41 grams (excluding straps)
Color(s) Titanium grey Carbon black
Orange
Grey
Black, orange, titanium grey and pebble brown
Dimension 48.9 x 45 x 12.6 mm 48.9 x 45 x 12.6 mm 45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm
Strap size 22mm 20mm 22mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass Corning Gorilla glass Corning Gorilla glass
Durability test N/A
Waterproof rating Yes, IP68 Yes, IP68 Yes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM 768MB 768MB 32MB
Internal storage 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No

MEDIA

Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
Music streaming Yes Yes Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.1 LE Bluetooth v4.1 LE Bluetooth smart v5.1 LE
NFC Yes Yes Yes(China only)
Wi-Fi Yes Yes No
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes Yes

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology No GSM/HSPA No
SIM No nano-SIM No

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Swim tracking Yes Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking No No No
Blood pressure No No No
ECG Tracking No No No
Blood oxygen No No Yes
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Wear OS Wear OS Huawei Lite OS
CPU Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 --
GPU Adreno 304 Adreno 304 --
Chipset Snapdragon 2100 Snapdragon 2100 Kirin A1

SENSORS

GPS GPS/GLONASS GPS/GLONASS GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes --
Pulse Ox. Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter __ __ __
ECG No No No
Thermometer No No No
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 22mm Yes, 20mm Yes, 22mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes N/A
Compatibility Android 4.4+
iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+
iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Google Pay Google Pay Yes (China)
Companion app Huawei Wear app Huawei Wear app Huawei Wear app

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-polymer battery Non-removable Li-polymer battery Non-removable Li-polymer battery
Battery capacity 420mAh 420mAh 455mAh
Est. battery life Standby: 2 days+
Mixed usage: ~1 day
Standby: 2 days+
Mixed usage: ~1 day
Standby:20 days+
Mixed usage: 14 days
Charging mode Charging cradle Charging cradle Charging dock
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Huawei Watch 2 Classic Huawei Watch 2 Sport Huawei Watch GT 2 (46mm)
Straps Straps Straps
Wireless charger Wireless charger Charging cradle
Quick start guide Quick start guide Quick start guide

The Differences

  1. Although each of these three has a durable build, GT 2 is very lightweight and more comfortable on the wrist than the other two.
  2. GT 2 which runs on proprietary platform is loaded with more health tracking features than both Watch 2 Classic and Sport.
  3. In addition, GT 2 has a far longer battery life than the other two.
  4. GT 2 is also rated 5ATM compared to IP68 of the other two, this makes it the most suitable choice to wear for swimming activities.

On the other hand…

  1. There is Google Assistant that allows you to do a simple task with your voice.
  2. For a smartwatch running on Wear OS, you get access to more apps than you can get with GT 2.

Which Should You Buy?

Huawei GT 2 is a better smartwatch for tracking your daily activities, it has a far longer battery life and hosts a handful of smart features such as the ability to make and receive calls and music storage.

On the flip side, Watch 2 Classic and Sport are still fantastic choices, if you want access to more of your favorite apps, then any of these two will make a decent smartwatch.

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