Skip to main content

The Huawei Watch GT Runner’s lugs hide a GPS antenna

Huawei plans a global release for the Watch GT Runner, the first smartwatch to feature a hidden external GPS antenna. The global launch follows its announcement for China and several other markets at the beginning of 2022. It has been priced at 299 euros, or around $337. The GT Runner is a new version of the Huawei Watch GT 3 with an interesting hardware alteration and several software features to make it more attractive to runners, walkers, and hikers.

Huawei Watch GT Runner smartwatch.
Image used with permission by copyright holder


The major hardware alteration takes the GPS antenna from inside the case and into the redesigned lugs, which Huawei claims means more accurate positioning and that the system will be less prone to interference. As mentioned, this is the first smartwatch to feature an external GPS antenna. It’s hard to tell visually that there’s anything different about the lugs compared to any other smartwatch, as proportions have been kept in check and the key alterations are treated like design elements.

It’s lighter than the normal Watch GT 3 at just over 38 grams due to a polymer fiber case, plus the bezel is made from ceramic to minimize the chance of scratches, and the crown is made from titanium. Huawei has also tweaked the shape of the sensor array on the case back, giving it a greater curve for better connection to your skin. It also added a new LED light array to improve heart rate tracking accuracy.


On the software side, the Watch GT Runner uses Huawei’s own HarmonyOS 2.1 operating system, which connects to Android and iOS devices, along with the TruSport system for activity tracking. This includes in-depth running data including training load and recovery time, a running coach program that adapts plans according to your progress, and plenty more on your performance and training status.

Most of the software features are already available on the Watch GT 3, and the remaining hardware is the same too. This means a 1.43-inch OLED screen, wireless charging, up to 14 days battery life, and a digital crown to control the operating system. The Watch GT Runner is only available with a 46mm case size.

Huawei developed the Watch GT Runner in an extensive new facility at its Songshan Lake headquarters in Dongguan, China. The Health Lab has multiple areas dedicated to different activities, where Huawei researchers monitor sportspeople to ensure its wearable software and features are as accurate and helpful as possible. There’s everything from a 3D motion capture booth for tennis and golf, to a rock climbing wall, to a pool with paddle wheels that operates like a treadmill for swimmers. There’s even an open space with 80 cameras for motion capture.

Editors' Recommendations

Andy Boxall
Andy is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends, where he concentrates on mobile technology, a subject he has written about for…
The Google Pixel Watch 3 could steal this Apple Watch feature
A person sitting down and wearing the Google Pixel Watch 2.

Google is readying an upgraded wireless connectivity suite for its upcoming smartwatch that improves location tracking accuracy and helps with remote device unlock. The folks over at 9to5Google took a peek at the code of the latest Play Services app update and found mention of ultra-wideband (UWB) for device unlock.

The Google Pixel Watch 2 already offers a device unlock feature that keeps your smartphone unlocked as long as it is close to your smartwatch. Built atop Bluetooth-based proximity sensing, this system creates a “trusted device” pair, which essentially tells your phone that you are nearby (courtesy of the watch on your wrist) and keeps it in an unlocked state.

Read more
This is the OnePlus Watch 2, and it looks incredible
Black and green variants of the OnePlus Watch 2.

OnePlus has just dropped the first official look at its upcoming smartwatch ahead of the official reveal later this month at Mobile World Congress 2024. But more than looks, what really caught our attention was the brand’s bold claims about battery life.

“With up to 100-hour battery life in Smart Mode, it sets a new industry standard, ensuring that your watch keeps pace with your life, uninterrupted,” says the company. Now, that’s a rather ambitious claim, irrespective of the operating system  that powers the watch.

Read more
Garmin’s newest running watch is cheaper than you’d expect
The Garmin Forerunner 165 in use.

Garmin's Forerunner is an intensely popular smartwatch with runners for a lot of reasons, and now there's another incentive to invest in a running-focused smartwatch. The new Forerunner 165 and 165 Music are a pair of fitness smartwatches that were designed with the range's laser focus on running in mind. They feature a number of advanced tracking metrics, with a bunch of smart and safety features thrown in for good measure. And best of all, they're both available for a price that won't break the bank.

Sitting between the enthusiast Forerunner 265 and budget Forerunner 55, here's everything you need to know about the Garmin Forerunner 165 and 165 Music.
All of the running features you could ask for

Read more