Today at IFA, Honor launched their latest fitness-oriented watch, the Honor Watch GS Pro. The focus on this watch is (from their marketing material) urban adventurers. Specifically, young adults who lead active lives and enjoy outdoor activities.

The Huawei/Honor ecosystem of wearables is a little different than other brands; they do their own thing, and while they may get classed as smartwatches, they are essentially a feature watch. The watch does what it does and nothing else, no apps on customisations limited to just the watch face.

This isn't as bad as it sounds, the watches are affordable, run without laggyness and offer incredible battery life.

This watch, as with most of the others since the launch or the Huawei Watch GT2, uses the new Kirin A1 chipset. So all the watches have essentially the same software and use the same chipset.

So what's different?

Honor Watch GS Pro Features

I have only have had a basic pre-briefing on this watch, so the information is limited, but it does have a few features worth mentioning.

As expected, there is a lot of this watch which is the same if not identical to the Honor MagicWatch 2 and the two Huawei Watch GT2 devices.

One of the main difference for many users will be the way it looks. The original Huawei Watch GT2 was quick sylish, then the GT2e was a rugged sports design with plastic and metal. The Honor MagicWatch 2 was also a little smarter, so this watch is the more rugged version from Honor.

This isn't just a design chance, though, some key differinces include:

  • 25-day battery life – which is around 11 days more than the other watches. It can then be used for 48-hours with GPS on, making it useful for multi-day hiking and ultra-endurance length events.
  • With the GPS mode on you can select route back to guide you back to the starting location
  • This is MIL-STD-810G certified for durability
  • There are 100 sports modes which is a massive increase from the MagicWatch 2 and 15 more than the GT2e
    • There is also a special skiing mode to automatically track your skiing exercise in real-time with various skiing scenarios including skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing.
  • To make it a little more mountaineering friendly, there is also alerts for weather changes.
  • The spec sheet also states professional running guidance with voice over and detailed data.
    • The MagicWatch also states Real-time VoiceOver guidance, which I am not sure if is the same or not.

What is the same?

A lot.

All the watches have the same display with 1.39-inch AMOLED running at 454 x 454 pixels, they all have 4GB of storage with 500 songs worth of storage. They all have heart rate monitoring, SPO2 tracking, sleep tracking, stress tracking and dual-band GPS. The software is also fundamentally the same.

To the best of my knowledge, they are all essentially the same watches, but with design changes, and a handful of software changes.

This is the first watch that appears to up the performance of the battery, so there is a bit of a hardware change.  

Huawei Watch GT2 Pro vs Honor Watch GS Pro

Recently, Winfuture, revealed the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro, with this being a leak there is nothing confirmed, but this again appears to be built on the same platform as the other watches. Same chipset, same display, same OS.

As the name suggests this will be an upgrade to the existing GT2 so will offer a stylish form factor over the sporty design the Honor Watch GS Pro has. Hopefully, they are priced around the same, giving users a choice of two aesthetics at similar prices.

The renders make the watch look very nice, but it is hard to tell how nice it is in real life. I personally found the Huawei Watch GT2 to be the most stylish smartwatch I have used or seen. However, up close, it didn't have quite the same build quality or design as you get from an old fashioned quartz/mechanical, so it would be good to see them offer high-quality materials.

The stand out feature of this watch appears to be the new QI wireless charging. With it only charging every couple of weeks this may not seem that important, but at least you don't have to remember where your charger is.

Price and Availability

The HONOR Watch GS Pro is available to buy now for £249.99 with the only available via the Honor website. Every purchase will receive a free pair of HONOR Magic Earbuds or a free Honor 3 router and Bluetooth sport earphones which is a bit of a bargain, as the router should be excellent.

Current pricing for the other watches is:

The Huawei Watch GT2 Pro is rumoured to cost around 280 Euros. The GT2 launched at around £269, so this makes sense, and it will quickly drop in price.

Honor Watch GS Pro vs MagicWatch 2 vs Huawei Watch GT2e bs GT2 Pro Specification Comparison Table

 Honor Watch
GS Pro
Honor MagicWatch 2 Huawei Watch GT2eHuawei Watch GT2 Pro
DesignRugged design with
stainless-steel bezel ring
and dial.
Smarter design with
stainless-steel bezel ring and dial.
Rugged Black Stainless Steel with PlasticSmarter stainless steel case
Plastic or Leather bracelets
Display1.39-inch AMOLED round screen
Full-screen touchscreen
454 x 454 pixels at 326 PPI
1.39-inch AMOLED round screen
Full-screen touchscreen
454 x 454 pixels at 326 PPI
1.39-inch AMOLED round screen
Full-screen touchscreen
454 x 454 pixels at 326 PPI
1.39-inch AMOLED round screen
Full-screen touchscreen
454 x 454 pixels at 326 PPI
Weight45.5g41g43g?
Music500-songs500-songs500-songs4GB/500 songs
GPSGPS and GLONASS
with routeback
GPS and GLONASSGPS and GLONASSGPS and GLONASS
Barometer YesYesYesYes
Water Resistance5ATM5ATM5ATM5ATM
Battery LifeUp to 25 days battery life on a full single charge
Up to 48 hours battery life when GPS is enabled
Up to 100 hours battery life when outdoor workout mode is enabled
14 days for typical use.
14 days for typical use.
455 mAh
14 days for typical use.
Wireless charging
HRMYesYesYesYes
SPO2YesYesYesYes
SleepYesYesYesYes
StressYesYesYesYes
Sports100 modes including
Skiing
Mountain Climbing and more
15 goal-based fitness modes
13 different running courses
85 workout modes?
Professional running guidance YesReal-time VoiceOver guidanceNo?
Remote Photo Shooting YesNoYesProbably
Manage phone callsYesNoMake and receive callsProbably
Forecast weather changes YesNoNoUnlikely?
Data Export / StravaNoNoNoUnlikely
Pair with accessories?NoNoNoUnlikely