(Pocket-lint) – We’ve long noticed in our recent Huawei Watch reviews how good the devices are for runners. With precise, advanced sensors, they offer a lot for those who want to use them for that purpose. With the latest watch, the GT Runner, the company is building on that.
In many ways, the Watch GT Runner is the Watch GT 3, but built from different materials and with a more dedicated focus on racing.
The 46 mm case is waterproof to 5ATM (50 meters), made of a polymer fiber, is only 11 mm thin and weighs only 38.5 grams without the strap. It’s about 4 grams lighter than the GT 3, and almost 16 grams lighter than the Huawei Watch 3. In other words, it’s designed to sit on your wrist and you do not notice that it’s there.
Despite that, it still holds an impressive amount of technology, including Huawei’s latest TruSeen 5.0 optical sensor at the bottom.
This sensor system has eight light-sensing diodes in a circle around the LED light unit in the middle and has enabled Huawei to offer truly accurate wrist-based heart rate measurement.
It also seeks to offer the most accurate GPS tracking available on any smartwatch. By combining dual-band GNSS positioning support for all five major satellite systems – including GPS, Glonass and Galileo – with an innovative floating antenna design, the promised result is a super accurate and responsive route tracking system.
This “floating antenna” design sees the antenna come out of the main body of the watch and run along the ears of the watch straps, instead of being fixed inside the watch case itself. Huawei says that this design “significantly reduces weight and interference”, but also improves connectivity and GPS performance.
Other hardware highlights include a bright 1.43-inch OLED display with an impressive 466×466 resolution and a battery that can last two weeks between charges. And when charging, it conveniently charges on a magnetic cordless disk or on the back of a reverse cordless phone.
Combined with the highly skilled hardware, Huawei has also developed a variety of measurements and plans that cater specifically to runners, but runners at all levels.
It has its own ‘Running Ability Index’, which uses your cadence, heart rate, pace and form to determine how good a runner you are, but can combine it with a dynamic running plan.
You can sign up for a running plan in Huawei Health, and it adapts and changes based on your performance and fitness, giving you a plan and schedule to help you reach the goal you have. There are plans for 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon, as well as individual sessions of varying difficulty that you can access.
Huawei Watch GT Runner will soon go on sale in Europe and costs 299 €. Prices and availability in the UK have not been announced yet.
Written by Cam Bunton.