Honor launches the Watch GS Pro and ES smartwatches and the MagicBook 14, 15, and Pro laptops
At the ongoing IFA 2020 trade show in Berlin, Huawei’s subsidiary Honor has unveiled a bunch of new devices. These include two new smartwatches — Honor Watch GS Pro and Honor Watch ES — and three Ryzen-based thin and light MagicBook laptops. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest devices from the Chinese OEM:
Honor Watch GS Pro
The new Honor Watch GS Pro is a rugged smartwatch that features a circular dial with a 1.39-inch AMOLED touch screen display. The watch is powered by Huawei’s Kirin A1 chip and it boasts of battery life of up to 25 days on a single charge. The Honor Watch GS Pro comes with GPS built-in, which will help users track their morning run without carrying their smartphones. However, using the GPS feature continuously will drop the battery life to 48 hours.
The smartwatch can be charged back up to full in less than two hours, after which you can make use of all its fitness features again. Speaking of which, the watch offers over 100 workout modes, including hiking, mountain climbing, open water swimming, free training, and more. The Honor Watch GS pro also features a new skiing mode that will help you track your skiing exercise in real-time.
In terms of sensors, the watch includes an altitude barometer, a 24/7 heart rate monitor, and an SpO2 monitor. Additional features include sleep tracking with Huawei TruSleep 2.0, stress monitoring, remote shutter, onboard music player, and weather forecasting. The watch also features water resistance up to 5ATM.
The Honor Watch GS Pro has been priced at €249.9 and it will be available for purchase starting from September 7 across Honor’s official website in UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The watch will be available in three color variants — Charcoal black, Marl white, and Camo blue.
Honor Watch ES
The Honor Watch ES is a toned-down version of the Watch GS Pro and it features a rectangular bezel with a 1.64-inch AMOLED touch screen display. The watch offers support for 95 workout modes, including outdoor and indoor running, cycling, swimming, yoga, and more and it even offers 12 animated workout courses for a simple home workout.
Honor claims that the smartwatch can last up to 10 days on a single charge and it can be charged up to full in just 100 minutes. Unlike the Watch GS Pro, the Honor Watch ES also includes fast charging support that will help you top it up to 70% in just 30 minutes. In terms of sensors, the Honor Watch ES packs in a 24/7 heart rate monitor and a SpO2 monitor. The watch is geared towards women and it also includes a menstruation cycle tracker.
Additional features include a sleep monitor powered by Huawei TruSleep 2.0, a stress monitor, remote shutter, message/call reminders, and music playback controls. The Honor Watch ES has been priced at €99.9 and it will be available for purchase starting from September 7 across Honor’s official website in UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The watch will be available in three color variants — Meteorite black, Coral pink, and Icelandic white.
The new Honor MagicBook 14 is an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U powered thin and light notebook that features a 14-inch FHD display with minimal bezels on all sides. The notebook comes with either 8GB or 16GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM, coupled with a 256GB or 512GB NVMe SSD.
In terms of I/O ports, the MagicBook 14 packs in a USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, a USB 2.0 Type-A port, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack. The laptop features a fingerprint sensor on the power button for Windows Hello biometric authentication, a pop-up webcam, and a 56Wh battery.
The notebook comes with a 65W Type-C power adapter, which is capable of charging it up to 46% in just 30 minutes. The battery is rated for up to 10.5 hours of use on a single charge, which was measured by running a locally stored 1080p video continuously.
The Honor MagicBook 14 will be available for purchase in the UK, France, and Germany starting from September 21. The notebook has been priced at €749.9 and it will be available in two color variants — Mystic silver and Space gray.
The Honor MagicBook 15 is essentially a larger MagicBook 14, with a 15-inch FHD display and the same Ryzen 5 4500U processor. The notebook also comes with either 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory, coupled with a 256GB or 512GB NVMe SSD.
The notebook features the same selection of I/O ports, including a USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, a USB 2.0 Type-A port, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack. The MagicBook 14 also includes a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button and a pop-up webcam, but it features a smaller 42Wh battery.
The notebook comes with the same 65W Type-C power adapter, which is capable of charging the smaller battery to about 53% in 30 minutes. Honor hasn’t released any information about the expected battery life for the device, but we expect it to be significantly lower than that of the MagicBook 14 due to the larger display and smaller battery.
The Honor MagicBook 15 will also be available for purchase in the UK, France, and Germany starting from early October. The notebook has been priced at €699.9 and it will be available in two color variants — Mystic silver and Space gray.
The Honor MagicBook Pro is the most powerful notebook in the new MagicBook lineup. It packs in the Ryzen 5 4600H processor with AMD Radeon graphics, coupled with 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM and a 512GB of NVMe SSD. The notebook features a much larger 16.1-inch FHD display with minimal bezels that measure in at just 4.9mm. This gives the notebook a screen-to-body ratio of 90%.
The display on the Honor MagicBook Pro has been calibrated for professional use and it offers a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and it covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. The I/O port selection on the notebook is also extensive and it includes three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack.
The notebook packs in a 56Wh battery and it comes with a 65W fast charger that is capable of charging the notebook to about 50% in just 30 minutes. Thanks to the larger battery pack, the Honor MagicBook Pro can last up to 11 hours on a single charge while playing a locally stored 1080p video.
Much like other notebooks in the new MagicBook lineup, the MagicBook Pro also features a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button and a pop-up webcam. The notebook also features a significantly larger trackpad and a full-sized backlit keyboard. Since the notebook packs in a more powerful processor, Honor has also included dual fans and dual heat pipes to keep it running cool under load.
The Honor MagicBook Pro will also be available for purchase in the UK, France, and Germany starting from September 7. The notebook has been priced at €899.9 and it will be available in a single color variant — Space gray.