The Watch GT Runner, Huawei's first "professional" running watch, has three features that I adore.

The Huawei Watch GT Runner has improved GPS antennae, a more accurate heart rate sensor, and a plethora of useful running metrics.

The Watch GT Runner, Huawei's first "professional" running watch, has three features that I adore.
The Watch GT Runner, Huawei's first "professional" running watch

Huawei takes another step in the right direction by releasing the Watch GT Runner, its "first professional running watch," in an effort to entice serious runners to train with Huawei watches. One could argue that Huawei is catching up quickly to companies like Garmin, Fitbit, Polar, and the rest of the running watch world.

The Huawei Watch GT Runner is essentially a running watch version of the Huawei Watch GT 3, a smartwatch that only a month ago introduced the AI Running Coach feature. The only reason I didn't include the Watch GT 3 in my best running watch guide at the time was that, despite its excellent running watch capabilities, the Watch GT 3 is still primarily a smartwatch.

The Watch GT Runner, on the other hand, is a full-fledged running watch built from the ground up for people who prefer to get from point A to point B quickly. After familiarising myself with the new watch's specifications, I came up with three things I really liked about it, which I've listed below. Given my previous enthusiasm for the Huawei Watch GT 3, it's easy to imagine how eager I am to put the Huawei Watch GT Runner to the test.

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The Huawei Watch GT Runner was released on January 26, 2022, and is currently available in the EU for €299 in Black Durable Polymer Fibre or Grey Durable Polymer Fibre.

In April 2022, the watch will be available in the United Kingdom. The price in the United Kingdom has yet to be determined.

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Prices and availability in the United States and Australia are still to be determined.


While I will always be a fan of the best Garmin watches, I appreciate the effort that smaller running watch companies put forth to truly cater to the diehard running community. Coros is an excellent example, as it has been on a mission in recent years to provide runners with affordable yet high-quality watches like the Coros Pace 2, which is a fan favourite.

In a good way, the Huawei Watch GT Runner reminds me a lot of the Pace 2. The Watch GT Runner is a lightweight running watch that weighs 38.5 grammes without the strap and 52 grammes with it. It has more than one sports mode (over 100, in fact), but it focuses on measuring and tracking running ability.

Speaking of running ability, the Watch GT Runner, like the Watch GT 3, can calculate your running ability index and tell you how much better you are than your peers. It tracks readiness, training load, training index, recovery time, VO2 max, race time predictions, and more, just like the Whoop 4.0 and Fitbit Charge 5.

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The Huawei Health app feature, of course, includes all-day SpO2 monitoring, sleep and stress monitoring, and Healthy Living reminders like drinking water, deep breathing, early bedtime, and even a daily smile (for real).

The Watch GT Runner includes an altitude barometer (which supports the compass feature), music playback via earphones or speakers, and a large storage capacity of up to 500 songs.


Because of recent advancements in battery technology, most multisport watch manufacturers have begun to use AMOLED screens on their watches without sacrificing battery life. A good example is the Garmin epix (Gen 2), but many other watches follow a similar pattern.

The Huawei Watch GT Runner inherits the Watch GT 3's long-lasting battery, which lasts 14 days in smartwatch mode (GPS turned off) and 8 days in "heavy usage" scenarios, such as when the watch is used for training. This isn't bad, but Huawei should start stating the GPS battery life of its performance watches sooner rather than later so that people can compare them to other watches on the market.

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Nonetheless, unless you go for an hour-long run every day, I don't think you'll need to charge the Watch GT Runner more than once every two weeks. If you ask me, I think it's pretty good!


Last but not least, I've saved the best for last. The Huawei Watch GT Runner ups the ante even more. I was already impressed with the Watch GT 3's GPS and heart rate performance, but the Huawei Watch GT Runner ups the ante even more. It has a Dual-Band Five-System GNSS positioning chip with a suspended hidden antenna that hides the positioning antenna in the polymer fibre lugs.

This, in theory, reduces the interference caused by metal material on positioning signals. This design is said to improve the GPS antenna's performance by 135 percent over the traditional design, addressing the challenges of balancing positioning accuracy and compact design, as well as achieving marathon track-level precise positioning without trajectory drift. I'm excited to put this to the test in a real-world situation!

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The Huawei TruSeenTM 5.0+ sensor, which is said to be even more accurate than before, is supported by the Watch GT Runner in terms of heart rate accuracy (it was already spot-on). The Huawei TruSeenTM 5.0+ features an upgraded heart rate module, 8 PDs arranged in a circular pattern, improved dynamic heart rate monitoring, more signal input, and overall improved heart rate monitoring accuracy.

Huawei has provided some additional details on the design: "The watch has an ergonomically designed 2.5D back watch case with carefully polished curved glass that fits the wrist bone's characteristics. The design is not only comfortable to wear, but also difficult to shake, effectively reducing external light interference and improving the heart rate signal quality."

It goes on like this: "Between the PD, LED, and the bottom glass is a Fresnel film shield, which not only improves the aesthetics but also improves the condensing effect, allowing more light to enter the dermis and obtain signals from the capillaries during the process, reducing light signal interference in the epidermis' superficial layers.

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Huawei improved the deep AI learning noise reduction algorithm with a new multi-channel signal selection and fusion enhancement algorithm. The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner can better obtain the optimal signal from the multi-channel of signals when the user is moving."