T3ME Editor’s Pick: If you are an athlete in the UAE, the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner will be the best 2022 sports watch to get

January 24, 2022

Boasting 2-week battery life, all day health management, convenient life assistant and diverse compatibility features

Everything in our lives has gotten smarter, including TVs, watches, phones, and even our homes. Why shouldn’t we also play sports smarter? Professional athletes have been using sophisticated technologies to optimise their performance for decades. Up until recently, regular people had no access to any of these technologies. However, the recent boom in sport smartwatches has made fitness and sports tracking features accessible to a larger audience.

Huawei recently launched the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner, a sports smartwatch loaded with cutting-edge fitness and sports features. In addition, the watch has an amazing battery life of 2 weeks and comes with all-day health management features. A sports smartwatch that boasts everything you need whether you’re a professional runner or just a fitness enthusiast who seeks precise fitness tracking when running or working out. In this article we decided to make a list of the best sports smartwatches available in the UAE to make it easy for you to find the right one to take your fitness game to the next level.

HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner, built for sports!

The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner is a smartwatch built for sports, and it is designed to be your fitness companion. It comes with the new HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0+ heart rate monitoring technology, offering a precise dynamic heart rate and SpO2 monitoring. The watch has a suspended hidden antenna and Dual-Band Five-System GNSS positioning to track your running trajectory accurately.

Care is taken even in the design and use of materials to make sure that the watch has everything to meet the requirements of sports-focused users. The watch uses materials such as the high-strength polymer fibre body, which is light and comfortable, and it is combined with a ceramic ultra-light bezel and aerospace-grade metal watch crown. The entire watch body is as light as 38.5g, which means you will barely notice it during workouts. The antibacterial silicone watch strap is also water-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about sweat and dirt during training.

The watch packs many features that are dedicated to runners. The Running Ability Index (RAI) and Individual Periodical Science Training Program are the most notable among these. The HUAWEI TruSport professional scientific running program provides users with in-depth analysis of the training intensity, training volume, recovery time and more. The Running Ability Index (RAI) enables users to objectively evaluate their running ability, and AI Running Coach helps them achieve their goals scientifically and efficiently. The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner delivers 14-day battery life in the smart mode under typical usage scenarios and 7-day battery life with heavy usage.

Sports enthusiasts need their smartwatches to keep tabs on their health. That is why the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner is not only a personal running coach but also an all-day health management device. It features heart rate monitoring, abnormal heart rate reminder, all-day SpO2 monitoring, sleep monitoring, heart health risk screening such as premature atrial fibrillation, and sleep apnea risk screening, helping you understand your physical condition in real-time.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner also doubles as a smart life assistant. The watch can store up to 500 songs so that you don’t have to be away from your favourite tunes during workouts. Users can also make Bluetooth calls through voice, completely hands-free when the smartphone is not around. Users can also reject calls, reply to incoming SMS messages, and mute calls from the watch. The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner also allows you to use third-party hardware, like heart rate belts and third-party apps, to obtain even more detailed running data.

Apple Watch Series 7

Even though it is not a dedicated sports watch, it does have some basic fitness tracking features. With this watch, you can figure out how many calories you burnt during workouts, steps count, and the total time you spent working out. The watch supports a couple of dozen workout modes, including yoga, cycling, badminton, and skiing. The watch can also monitor your heart rate and measure ECG (electrocardiogram).

The watch supports Five-Star Single-Band positioning, which is fairly accurate but not as fast as the Five-Star Dual-Band positioning of the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner. But you can get an accurate enough picture of your running distance and calories burnt. To keep you from sitting sedentarily at one place for too long, the watch will remind you to stand up and move around. This feature is handy if your work involves sitting in front of a computer screen all day long.

The short battery life might be a letdown for fitness enthusiasts about the Apple Watch 7. You will only get up to 18 hours of battery life on a full charge. So, if you are using this for your workouts, be ready to charge it every day. On the bright side, the Apple Watch 7 has some great smart assistant features.

Our verdict

Apple Watch Series 7 might have other draws, but the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner is heads and shoulders ahead of it for sports tracking. At the core of the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner are features like Real-Time Heart Rate Monitoring, Accurate track positioning, lightweight and comfortable built, etc., that makes it an excellent sports watch. In addition, the Apple Watch Series 7 is only compatible with iPhones. You do not have to worry about the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner though, because it can connect with Huawei devices as well as other Android and iOS devices.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.