Huawei Watch GT 4: a stylish new entry in South Africa’s wearable market

The Huawei Watch GT4 comes in two stylish variations
The Huawei Watch GT4 comes in two stylish variations

Huawei has launched its latest addition to the South African smartwatch market, the Watch GT 4. Local tech aficionados first got a glimpse of this eye-catching wrist candy back in May when it featured as a side attraction at the Chinese tech titan’s launch of its flagship smartphones, the P60 Pro and Mate X3.

But the new watch was front and centre at yesterday’s official unveiling at the Hazendal Wine Estate in the Cape Winelands, a suitably swanky venue for a device aimed at tech enthusiasts and style-conscious consumers alike.

Design and aesthetics

Huawei describes the Watch GT 4 as a ‘Fashion-Forward’ wearable, which aims to seamlessly blend technology with fashion. Available in two sizes, 46mm and 41mm, the watch offers distinct design variations to cater for a variety of wrist sizes and fashion tastes.

The 46mm variant boasts an octagonal design, reminiscent of classic timepieces, and is available in three colorways: classic brown leather strap, rainforest green GMT, and a black rubber strap. The 41mm model showcases a sleek pendant design, available in two-tone piano key bracelet, Milanese bracelet, and white leather strap variants.

Beyond the default designs, users can further personalize their watch faces from a gallery of over 25,000 designs, ensuring that the watch complements their unique style.

Health and fitness features

Earlier iterations of the GT line did a solid job of blending style with robust performance in the health and sports tracking department. The GT 4 doesn’t disappoint in this respect, with over 100 workout modes, accommodating everything from mainstream activities like jogging and biking to more niche pursuits like Padel and eSports.

The fourth-generation watch introduces three major new health features: PPG Arrhythmia Analysis, Menstrual Cycle Management 3.0, and Sleep Breathing Awareness. These features leverage Huawei’s TruSeen™ 5.5+ health indicator monitoring technology, which offers enhanced accuracy in heart health readings, even during dynamic activities.

The GT 4 also boasts the upgraded TruSleep™ 3.0, providing users with comprehensive insights into their sleep cycles and respiratory health during sleep.

Connectivity and battery life

The Huawei Watch GT 4 is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, ensuring a broad user base. It offers quick messaging and replies, third-party application access, and an impressive battery life of up to two weeks, surpassing the staying power – at least on paper – of many mainstream competitors.

Pricing and availability The Huawei Watch GT 4 is priced at R6,999 in South Africa. Customers who register for the promotional offer will receive additional gifts worth R2,500. The watch will be available in stores from 6 October 2023.