Tech-makers, from Apple to Samsung and everyone in between, are super-keen on keeping you in their own little ecosystems — which might prompt you to ask a few questions about ‘Why’. But if you’re not in a question-asking mood, you might want to check out Huawei’s latest attempt to bring you into the fold: a pre-order special for the Watch GT 2e, which’ll net you a pair of Huawei Bluetooth sports headphones and a smart scale if you act fast(ish).
What’s the big deal?
Huawei really wants you to go out and buy its new Watch GT 2e fitness tracker/smartwatch and they’re prepared to give away a few items to free to make that happen. Buyers who pre-order the device, either from Huawei’s own online store, or from Totalsports, Sportsmans Warehouse, Incredible Connection , Takealot, Makro or Game, for R3,500 will each get a free Huawei Smart Scale and a free set of Sport Lite Bluetooth Headphones thrown in. There is a catch, though. You’ve got to get that pre-order in by 30 June.
If pre-orders aren’t your thing, every purchase of the Watch GT 2e will get a free set of Sport Lite headphones (if you order from MTN or Cell C in stores or from Telkom’s call centre) from 1 July. From 7 July, Vodacom and Cellucity come online with the same offer.
The Watch GT 2e tracks more sports than you’re allowed to do at the moment (more than 100, though actually 15 — you’ll see), while tagging all the metrics you’re used to and a few you’re not. Huawei’s new heart-rate monitoring tech is onboard and promises to be faster and more accurate — a claim we’d love to test out. The device also offers sleep monitoring and blood-oxygen saturation — which is a great feature to have on your wrist in a time when respiratory disease is a serious issue. Battery life is supposed to be two weeks, which we can totally believe. Huawei’s wearables squeeze their batteries for all they’re worth.