Huawei Boasts Global Watch GT Sales
Amid the company’s ongoing struggle to overcome US trade tariffs, Huawei Australia has come out with news that the Watch GT has sold more than two million units globally.
The Huawei Watch GT landed here in January 2019 with a catch: it was only offered as a bonus for any Huawei Mate 20 Pro customers from participating retailers for a specific redemption period.
Following that period, Australians could still source the Watch GT but only through third-party online retailers, like Kogan, not directly through Huawei’s Australian website.
Instead, interested Australians can be directed to authorised resellers, via Huawei Australia.
Unlike many Android smartwatches, Huawei snubbed Google’s WearOS for its own in-house LiteOS.
LiteOS offers many of the same features as WearOS, including customizable watch faces, notifications, GPS integration, and NFC built-in.
The Watch GT garnered praise worldwide for its impressive battery-life and easy of functionality.
Citing IDC’s data report for global wearable vendors in the first quarter of 2019, released in March, Huawei earned year-on-year growth of 282.5%.
However, the influence of the Australian market is muted by the fact that consumers had to rely on third-party companies to purchase the smartwatch.
This major lift in global sales led to Huawei beating out Fitbit — albeit by a slim margin — and Samsung in the wearables market, placing it third overall behind Xiaomi and world-leader Apple.
In March, Huawei has launched two new editions of the Watch GT 46mm Active Edition and 42mm Elegant Edition.
There’s no news on whether these smartwatches will be heading here either via a promotion as before or through the Huawei site.
Huawei has confirmed that for Australian consumers, they can purchase the Huawei Watch GT at the following retailers:
- Kogan: GT Watch Sport in Stainless Steel Black and Watch GT Classic in Saddle Brown
- MobileCiti: GT Watch Sport in Stainless Steel Black and Watch GT Classic in Saddle Brown
- Bnext: GT Classic in Saddle Brown