Smartwatches are slowly taking over traditional watches as the primary wearable device. They are for sure the better devices thanks to their smart features and activity tracking capabilities. With smartwatches gaining in popularity, many smartphone manufacturers are building their own smartwatches.
|Xiaomi Mi Watch||Huawei Watch GT 2|
|Display||1.39 inch AMOLED Display,||1.39 inch AMOLED Display,|
|Sapphire crystal glass (premium edition)||3D glass|
|Shape of dial||Round||Round|
|Dimensions||44.7 x 36.9 x 12.3 mm||45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm|
|Battery Capacity||420 mAh||455 mAh|
|Charger Type||Pogo Pin||Proprietary Charger|
|OS||MIUI based on Google WearOS||Huawei wearable platform|
|Connectivity Features||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Bluetooth 5.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100||Kirin A1|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer||Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer, compass|
|Water Resistance||50M water resistant|
Xiaomi and Huawei are two of the biggest smartphone brands worldwide and both manufacture smartwatches too. So in this article, I am going to compare two of their most popular smartwatches, the Mi Watch from Xiaomi and the Huawei Watch GT2 from Huawei.
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Xiaomi Mi Watch vs Huawei GT2
Both the Xiaomi Mi Watch and Huawei Watch GT2 are round smartwatches. This means you don’t have to choose one over the other just for the shape. I feel like rectangular smartwatches are better suited for smartwatch functionality, but I would also wager that round smartwatches look much better.
The best is that both Xiaomi and Huawei have done a great job of creating smartwatches that look and feel exceptionally well. Both smartwatches feel like they should cost much more, that’s how good they are.
When it comes to dimensions, the Xiaomi Mi Watch is smaller in length and width, but it is a little thicker than the Huawei Watch GT2. The exact dimensions with the strap are 44.7 x 36.9 x 12.3 mm for the Mi Watch and 45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7 mm for the Huawei GT2.
Both smartwatches look very sporty, which might appeal to most of the target audience. Xiaomi has gone for a simpler look like the GT2 has some detailing on its bezel making it look much sportier. I prefer the cleaner look of the Mi Watch since I like all things minimalistic.
Xiaomi offers TPU straps that are removable with a simple pin mechanism. Huawei on the other hand, offers either fluoroelastomer and TPU straps, similar to Apple. Huawei offers interchangeable straps too if you want to experiment with new looks.
The Mi Watch weighs less than the GT2 because it is made mostly from plastic while the GT2 uses metal and plastic in its build. While both watches are comfortable to wear, the Mi Watch would be my choice as it is lighter. Regardless, you can choose either of them and wear them comfortably for days.
Both smartwatches feature a touchscreen but additionally, you get two physical buttons on both smartwatches. Both buttons function similarly, one button to get to the home screen and the other is a shortcut to workout tracking.
And since these are watches, you get water resistance too, both the Mi Watch and the Huawei Watch GT2 offer 5ATM water resistance. This means you can use these watches up to 50 meters underwater.
Displays are an important part of smartwatches as it is how you interact with them, and both Xiaomi and Huawei got their display right. They have actually got it more than right, these displays are very good. Both Xiaomi and Huawei have gone for AMOLED displays and it has paid off for them.
Both smartwatches feature a 1.39-inch display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. Since these are AMOLED displays you also get an always-on display feature. So both smartwatches offer the same experience when it comes to display quality, but I do feel that the GT2 is slightly more vibrant and colorful, but I am nitpicking. Both screens look great on their own.
Fitness and Health Tracking
The Xiaomi Mi Watch and the Huawei Watch GT2 are designed to be fitness companions, so both watches include multiple sensors and features to provide good health and fitness tracking.
The Huawei Watch GT2 comes with a GPS, on heart rate monitor, and all the usual motion sensors found in sports and smartwatches like gyroscope, accelerometer, and more. These sensors are always enabled and can track activity 24/7 if you want. The GT2 features activity tracking, sleep monitoring, SpO2 calculation, and more. The Huawei Watch GT2 also has 85 workout modes for sports tracking, these include running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and more.
The Huawei Watch GT2 can also give guided running lessons so that you can run long distances effectively and it can also guide you with interval running. Huawei has partnered with an analytics team called Firstbeat for the Huawei Watch GT2 to provide VO2 Max insights, training sessions, and heartbeat analysis.
In comparison, the Mi watch comes with all the usual motion sensors along with GPS, optical heart rate monitor, compass, and more. Like the Huawei GT2, the Mi Watch can do activity tracking, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and more. It can also measure blood oxygen levels. The GPS sensor supports Glonass, BDS, and Galileo for better outdoor activity tracking.
The Mi Watch also takes advantage of Firstbeat-powered insights to offer the same information as the GT2. The Mi Watch features an additional Energy feature that works similar to Garmin’s Body Battery monitor, this will monitor your sleep, activity, and heart rate to give you info on how well you can tackle the day.
Xiaomi offers 117 workout modes with the Mi Watch and 17 core workout modes to offer more activity-specific metrics for the core workout modes. This includes activities like walking, running, swimming, and more.
When it comes to the accuracy of data collected, both perform similarly with Huawei GT2 edging it over the Mi Watch. Huawei managed to provide much more accurate sleep tracking results and the insights it offered were also better. Both smartwatches motivate you to work out more while tracking your activity. Even with the heart rate and stress monitoring, the Huawei GT2 was the more accurate one of the two, but the difference was only a little.
While tracking the accuracy of sports data is hard, using sports tracking was better on the GT2 as the UI for reviewing stats was better, the GT2 also offered a good running guide. High-intensity workout tracking is where both smartwatches failed as they weren’t doing a great job of monitoring the heart rate.
The Huawei Watch GT2 also allows you to share data to Google Fit and Apple Health, this is great as you can get insights from different app developers. The Mi Watch doesn’t have any data sharing feature.
What are smartwatches without smart features, so both the Huawei Watch GT2 and the Mi Watch connect to Android and iOS devices to offer smart features. The Mi Watch does a great job of working with both Android and iOS devices equally well, while the GT2 works better with Android more than iOS. So for iOS users, the Mi Watch would be the better choice.
Overall both smartwatches are closely matched with the Huawei GT2 doing slightly better when it comes to accuracy and general UI. Xiaomi does offer more workout modes so it is fair to say they are evenly matched. In the end, you wouldn’t be disappointed with both.
The Mi Watch offers basic notifications, tons of watch faces, works as a camera shutter for your smartphone, the ability to set alarms, and more. The Mi Watch also supports Amazon Alexa as a smart assistant, this works when it is connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Xiaomi Watch Faces
Huawei Watch Faces
On the other hand, the Huawei Watch GT2 does all the stuff the Mi Watch does except for the Amazon Alexa support. But as an upside, you can use the GT2 to control the music playback of your Android phone.
Both smartwatches also come with their own smartphone apps that let you review health and fitness data and adjust watch settings. These apps are evenly matched and are quite rough to use, these apps also fall well behind the competition like Fitbit.
When it comes to smartwatch features, I would recommend the Mi Watch over the Huawei Watch GT2 especially if you are an iOS device user.
When it comes to battery, you would be pleased with both smartwatches as you don’t have to charge them every day. They would even last for more than a few days.
The Mi Watch sports a 420 mAh battery that is designed to deliver 16 days of battery life in typical mode. You can extend this to 22 days in long battery mode and up to 50 days of GPS battery life. These modes still depend on what features you use and don’t, so these battery life claims are a best-case scenario. But you can expect multiple days of battery life easily from the Mi Watch.
In comparison, the Huawei Watch GT2 comes with a 455 mAh battery which promises to offer two weeks of battery life. And from my testing, Huawei dumping WearOS for battery life has paid for them. The Huawei GT2 offered almost two weeks of battery life, while the Mi Watch offered one week in the typical mode.
While it is a strong showing from both smartwatches, if you want the best battery life, then you should get the Huawei Watch GT2.
Both smartwatches in comparison are very closely matched. I prefer the lightweight and minimal design of the Mi Watch over the sporty Huawei Watch GT2. The Huawei GT2 is slightly better when it comes to screen quality while the Mi Watch is better in terms of connectivity. The Mi Watch offers more workout modes while the GT2 is slightly better in terms of tracking accuracy. While the Mi Watch is a better smartphone companion, it loses to the GT2 in terms of battery life.
So, both smartwatches trade blows and have advantages and disadvantages. But regardless of which one you choose, you will be happy as there’s very little setting them apart. Both smartwatches are excellent devices for their price so choose the one based on your personal preference.
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