TicWatch GTX vs. Huawei GT 2e – Which Smartwatch to Buy?


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Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

Out of these two budget watches, the Huawei Watch GT 2e has more features and better overall design and build.

TicWatch GTX vs. Huawei Watch GT 2e 

Mobvoi is primarily known for its high-end smartwatch offerings. They often stand at the forefront of smartwatch innovation and are always looking to break the limits of the traditional smartwatch. 

However, Mobvoi has recently been making moves on the budget smartwatch. And while the results have been hit or miss, we always appreciate larger brands making budget versions of their watches. 

One of the budget watches that we have recently checked out is the TicWatch GTX. You can check our full review if you want to learn more. But in a nutshell, given its lower price, the TicWatch GTX offers unbeatable value. 

But one question that may be in budget-oriented consumers’ minds is, what exactly do you get by upgrading to higher-priced budget Non-Wear OS watches? That is what we will be answering in this comparison. 

In today’s comparison, we will be putting the TicWatch GTX against Huawei’s value-oriented Huawei Watch GT 2e. And by the end of this article, you should have a good idea of whether or not it is worth spending extra on the GT 2e. 

Please note, we purchased the TicWatch GTX was bought directly from mobvoi.com on 03/04/2021, click here to check their current prices.

TicWatch Brand Overview  

Mobvoi is a tech company based in Beijing, China. They were founded in 2012 by Nokia employees, researchers from top universities such as Harvard and Cambridge and Google AI experts. The primary goal of this company is the integration and advancement of voice AI communication.

Some of their revolutionary products include voice search engines featured on WeChat. Mobvoi has also developed its own voice search app engine called Chumenwenwen

It was in 2014 when Mobvoi started venturing into the consumer electronics market. They developed an Android-based smartwatch operating system called TicWear OS. And soon after, they worked together with Frog Design to release the TicWatch. 

The TicWatch brand differentiated itself from other smartwatches by having a strong integration with their AI technology. Its launch was very successful and only trails behind the Apple Watch in the domestic Chinese market. 

Mobvoi continues to bring its expertise to the smartwatch market with the newer versions of the TicWatch.  

Huawei Brand Overview

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Huawei is no stranger to the smartwatch market. They have made successful smartwatches in the past, such as the original Huawei Watch and Huawei Watch GT. However, the success of their watches has largely been overshadowed by the success of their smartphones. 

Their wearables have been mostly a side project in the past. However, in recent years, they have been consistently revamping their lineup and are proving to be a fierce competitor in the smartwatch market. This is evident with the successful release of the Watch GT Series. 

Huawei has most notably moved away from Google’s Wear OS platform and has developed its proprietary operating system called the Huawei Light OS. Their current lineup is simple and is easy to follow. It consists of the flagship Watch GT 2,  the midrange Watch GT 2, and the original Watch GT (which may be discontinued in the future). 

You can learn more about Huawei’s history and product lineup in our Huawei Brand Overview

Packaging and Unboxing Experience 

TicWatch GTX vs Huawei GT2 with box

Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

As we always mention, the unboxing experience is mostly irrelevant to the value proposition of the product. However, we highly value them since they give the users a first look at their product. And in this case, the packaging alone makes it clear that one of these products is superior. 

The extremely budget-priced TicWatch GTX does a great job given its price constraints. It has the same general design philosophy as the higher-end TicWatch models. It sports an all-black finish with a relatively clean design. The interior part of the packaging is less impressive but still gets the job done. 

The Huawei Watch GT 2e, on the other hand, takes things to the next level. It has a packaging that is very similar to Huawei’s high-end smartphones. Most users might even think that the GT 2e is part of Huawei’s premium offerings based on the packaging alone. 

Everything from the exterior to the interior of the box feels premium. Even the way the GT 2e is presented makes you want to immediately experience the smartwatch. 

Overall, both companies did well in terms of packaging. However, the GT 2e pulls ahead thanks to its more high-quality presentation. 

Design and Build Quality

GTX vs GT2 Watch Quality

Overall Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

Both companies show that they can design a great-looking smartwatch even with a limited budget. The TicWatch GTX and GT 2e are arguably some of the best-looking watches in their respective price brackets. However, when we compare these two, there is a clear winner. 

The TicWatch GTX has a very impressive design that is almost reminiscent of Huawei’s premium Watch GT 2. It is based on the classic wristwatch look and even sports engravings on the watch face. Of course, these aren’t quite as authentic as the Watch GT 2, but they are a welcome addition to the GTX. 

Additionally, the TicWatch GTX has two side buttons. This was a pleasant surprise considering the TicWatch E2 and S2 only had a single side button. And in terms of materials, the GTX is made with a combination of metal and plastic. 

The overall build is very impressive for a budget smartwatch, and we believe that it will survive most users’ daily routines. However, when compared to the higher-priced GT 2e, the limitations of the GTX start to show. 

The GT 2e has a very similar build quality to the GT 2. This is saying a lot since the GT 2 has a significantly higher price tag. The GT 2e has an aluminum + plastic build, which feels heftier and more premium than the GTX. It isn’t a heavy watch, but the added weight prevents the watch from feeling cheap. 

And in terms of the side buttons, the two flat buttons of the GT 2e feel way better than the GTX. The stock strap also seems to be made of better materials compared to the GTX. The only thing that we did not like with the GT 2e’s strap design is that it cannot be laid flat. 

But aside from those minor gripes, the GT 2e feels very similar to Huawei’s flagship offering. The GTX, on the other hand, has too many compromises, which make it feel like a more entry-level offering. But again, we highly consider it to be better than most budget smartwatches. 

Display Quality 

Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

The display on the Huawei Watch GT 2e is clearly superior. It uses AMOLED and is able to display clear, sharp, and vibrant images. It can get fairly bright and is easily usable in both indoor and outdoor conditions. 

The TicWatch GTX, on the other hand, only uses a TFT LCD display. This isn’t usually a problem since a lot of TFT displays can still look good with proper implementation. But sadly, the GTX’s display doesn’t get very bright and only has three brightness levels. 

It is also no match when it comes to sharpness and vibrance. Of course, these are a given considering the large disparity in their prices. The GTX’s display is perfectly usable as long as it isn’t directly compared to an AMOLED display. 

Both watches do not offer any form of screen protection. However, throughout our testing, both watches survived occasional bumps. But again, we’d give the edge to the Huawei Watch GT 2e and are willing to bet that it is using better glass. 

Features

GTX vs GT2 smart feature menu

Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

The TicWatch GTX has an excellent feature set for its price. But again, the GT 2e beats it in almost every way. 

The GTX covers most of the basic features. It has limited notification support that is only capable of showing notifications from allowed apps. There is no option to respond to them. 

It also has an optical heart rate sensor as well as a built-in accelerometer. The GTX also has basic features such as a stopwatch, timer, weather, flashlight, and find my phone. It also has music control which is nice to have but a feature that I often do not find useful. It has no internal storage and cannot connect to Bluetooth headphones. 

That’s pretty much it. It is enough for users coming from smart bands/fitness trackers or users with basic needs. 

The GT 2e, on the other hand, has way more features than the GTX. It also has an optical heart sensor and an accelerometer. However, it also has a built-in GPS as well as a load of other sensors. 

Both watches have sleep tracking. However, we found Huawei’s implementation to be more accurate. 

The Huawei GT 2e is considered a basic smartwatch since it doesn’t have deep customization or the ability to connect with Wi-Fi. However, it not only fulfills the user’s basic needs. It delivers it in a very seamless way making it an essential tool for daily tasks, 

Overall, the premise of both watches is similar. However, the GT 2e does more and executes everything the GTX can with vast improvements. 

Health and Fitness Tracking

GTX vs GT2 health and fitness tracking

Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

The health and tracking features of the GTX are arguably its weakest point. It has a heart rate sensor as well as support for fitness tracking activities. However, it only has 14 workout modes. It covers the basics, but even a more basic fitness tracker has more activities available. 

In comparison, the GT 2e has more than 100 sports activities right out of the box. This doesn’t even include the other fitness activities and the free training mode. Additionally, Huawei has added activities in the past, which indicates that they will keep on supporting watches part of the GT 2 series. 

Overall, there is no competition. The GTX has some workout modes, but it falls flat to the number and quality of activities found on the GT 2e. 

Watch Software Performance

GTX vs GT2 main menu

Overall Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

The best part about these two watches is their software experience. Both show that having a simpler but smooth-performing OS beats out more complicated software with lots of bugs and performance drops. 

The TicWatch GTX utilizes proprietary software that is very similar to the GT 2’s Light OS. Navigation is very simple and easy to get used to. There are some design elements that are similar to the icons used on the Wear OS TicWatch models, which certainly help give the OS some flair. 

The surprising thing about the GTX’s software is that it is significantly faster and smoother than the TicWatch E2 and S2’s Wear OS implementation. Of course, those two watches beat the GTX in terms of features, but the speed and responsiveness of the GTX were very astonishing. 

The Huawei Watch GT 2e has a similar but more refined approach. The UI is snappy with a well-thought-out layout to quickly access essential menus and features. The GT 2e is also powered by the same Kirin A1 processor found on all of Huawei’s other GT 2 Series watches. 

It isn’t free from slowdowns or bugs, but these are kept to a minimum. Most people would be very happy with using this watch as their daily driver simply due to the reliability of the software. 

Watch Faces 

Huawei Watch GT 2e AOD

Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

Despite its excellent software performance, we highly consider the watch faces to be a weak point of the GTX. Despite having some stand-out designs, most of the selection is pretty bland and uninspiring. The watch face selection is also fairly limited. 

Additionally, adding new watches is a huge pain since you have to wait a few minutes. This discouraged us from trying out different watches and instead settled for a simpler look. It is also unclear if Mobvoi is interested in developing the GTX’s platform, given how most of their flagship smartwatches utilize Wear OS. 

The Huawei Watch GT 2e, on the other hand, has a far superior watch face library. They have steadily built it from the ground up and now sports lots of unique and interesting designs as well as collaborations with different artists. The watch face syncing is also very seamless. 

Battery Life 

GTX vs GT2e Charger

 

Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

Both watches offer excellent battery life. The Huawei Watch GT 2e offers two weeks of battery life. And even while using features such as GPS and Always-on display (AOD), you can still expect at least one week of use. 

The TicWatch GTX, on the other hand, can last up to a week. This is very impressive given its price point but is pretty much expected given its fairly basic feature set. 

Unfortunately, the GTX’s charger doesn’t offer a removable cable, and the magnet isn’t very strong. The GT 2e’s charger, on the other hand, offers stronger magnets and a removable Type-C cable. Of course, this shouldn’t matter since you won’t be needing the chargers too much. 

Comparison Winner: Huawei Watch GT 2e

The TicWatch GTX is without a doubt an excellent budget smartwatch and is an easy recommendation if you are on a tight budget. However, the Huawei Watch GT 2e easily proves that you get more if you pay more. 

It is superior in every way and is a better fit for both casual users and fitness enthusiasts. If you have the extra cash, we highly recommend going for the Huawei Watch GT 2e. 

Specifications 

Huawei GT2e

 

Mobvoi TicWatch GTX

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Brand Huawei Mobvoi
Model GT2e TicWatch GTX
Screen Size 1.39” AMOLED Display 1.28” TFT LCD
Screen Protection No Official Certification No Official Certification
Screen Resolution 454 x 454 pixel 240 x 240 pixel
Pixel Density 326 PPI
Input Type Touch Screen 2 Physical Buttons
Watch Dimensions 46.9 x 52.2 x 12.9 mm 48.7 x 48.7 x 11mm
Weight 53.2  grams 57.6  grams
Watch Case Material  Stainless Steel + Plastic Stainless Steel
Bezel Material Polycarbonate Stainless Steel
Watch Design Circular Circular, Curved
Strap Size 22 mm 20 mm
Watch Colors Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green, and Icy White Black
Water Resistance Waterproof (5ATM) IP68
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Not recommended
NFC Not Supported Not Supported
GPS GPS/GLONASS/Beidou No
CONNECTIVITY

     Wi-fi

No No
    Bluetooth Yes  Yes 
 SENSORS       Accelerometer   Yes Yes
    Heart Rate Yes Yes
    Compass Yes No
    Gyroscope Yes No
    Altimeter Yes No
    SPO2 No No
    Elevation   Yes No
    Ambient Light No No
    Barometer Yes No
FITNESS TRACKING

     Sleep tracking

Yes Yes
    Steps Yes Yes
    Floors Climbed No No
    Heart Rate Monitoring Yes Yes
    Calories Yes Yes
    Distance Yes Yes
    Stress Yes No
    VO2 Max Yes
    Blood Oxygen Yes No
    Blood Pressure No No
    Menstrual cycle tracking Yes No
    Swim tracking Yes No
    Underwater heart rate  

          tracking

No No
    On-screen workout modes No No
    Triathlon mode Yes No
    ECG tracking No  No 
    Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes
    Safety tracking No No
Battery Life 14 days Regular: up to 7 days

Battery Saver Mode: 10 days

Battery Technology Li-Ion Li-Ion
Charging Time About 1-2 Hours About 1-2 Hours
Charging Type USB based charging dock USB based charging dock
Compatible OS Android

 iOS

Android

iOS 

NOTIFICATIONS

     Email Alert

Yes Yes
    SMS Alert Yes Yes
    Calls Alert Yes Yes
    Event Reminder Yes Yes
    Weather Yes Yes
    Third-party Apps No Yes
MEDIA

     Audio

mp3/mp4 No
    Music Streaming No  No
    Bluetooth Music Yes No
    Radio No No
    Loud Speaker Yes No
    Microphone Yes No
CLOCK FEATURES

     Time/Date

Yes Yes
      Stopwatch Yes Yes
    Alarm Yes Yes
OTHER FUNCTIONS     Control camera Yes No
    Music Control Yes Yes
    Find Phone Yes Yes
    Text Response No No
    Answer Call Yes No
MISC 

     Payment System

No No
      Companion App Huawei Health Mobvoi App
Customizable watch face Yes Yes
Interchangeable band Yes Yes
Voice command No No
Internal Storage 4 GB 16 MB
Operating system Huawei Light OS Proprietary OS

 

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