Huawei Watch GT 2 leaked images show off new slim design

The Huawei Watch GT (Image credit: Future)

Launched alongside the Mate 20 series in October 2018, the Huawei Watch GT was the first wearable from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer to sport a homegrown operating system (LiteOS).

If leaked images posted on German publication WinFuture are anything to go by, it looks like history is about to repeat itself, with Huawei possibly debuting an updated version of the smartwatch later this month.

From the renders it's clear that the upcoming smartwatch will resemble the original Watch GT, but the display seems to be marginally larger, with slimmer bezels and a thinner body. Otherwise the design maintains the round face, two-button look of the original.

Press images of the upcoming Huawei Watch GT 2

Press images of the upcoming Huawei Watch GT 2 (Image credit: WinFuture)

Minor upgrades

According to WinFuture, the upcoming Watch GT 2 will get a 445mAh battery – a step up from the 420mAh option in the predecessor which gave it up to 14 days of use.

Other new features in the Watch GT 2 are said to be a mic and speaker which the original lacked, suggesting users will be able to make and take calls right from their wrist, but whether an LTE model could be incoming is unclear.

The leaked renders show off two different models – one ‘sports’ option while the other has a more classic look with a leather strap. The smartwatch is said to have a heavy focus on fitness, with the heart rate monitor from the first iteration making a comeback, alongside support for tracking multiple activities, including hiking, swimming, cycling and running.

(Image credit: WinFuture)

Will it harmonize?

The original Watch GT was the first Huawei wearable to step away from Google's Wear OS – being powered by LiteOS. And it seems likely that the trend will continue, with the Watch GT 2 sporting an updated version of LiteOS.

However, TechRadar recently learnt that Huawei has used elements of LiteOS during the early stages of creating HarmonyOS – the Chinese manufacturer’s new alternative to the Android mobile operating system – and was designed to be used on devices already available on the market, like the Watch GT.

If Huawei does use HarmonyOS in the upcoming wearable, it will limit the number of apps users have access to, as was the case with its predecessor.

We’re expecting the Watch GT 2 to launch alongside the Mate 30 series on September 19, but speculation is rife that Huawei may choose to release the wearable earlier – perhaps during IFA 2019 – as it isn’t dependent on any software from Google.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing camera kits or the latest in e-paper tablets, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She's also the Australian Managing Editor of Digital Camera World and, if that wasn't enough, she contributes to T3 and Tom's Guide, while also working on two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under.